Three Time-wasters for Friday. Thank you, Facebook.

January 6th, 2012 | Shonali Burke | 22 Comments

Bart SimpsonSeeing as how it’s Friday, I figured I’d help you goof off a little today. And you don’t have to thank me. Just thank Facebook, because I found all these on that 600-lb gorilla social network.

I don’t know if that says something about Facebook, me, or the people I hang out with over there. Probably all three.

1. English pronunciation from The Poke, via Jason Konopinski.

See how many words in this poem you pronounce correctly. I had a blast with this one, and I got four wrong (though, to be fair, one was a word I didn’t know). Clearly I speak better English than most native English speakers (of which I’m not one, ha!).

Here’s an excerpt:

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

See what I mean?

2. The Bart Simpson chalkboard generator, from Add Letters, via Julie Pippert and Jeff Esposito.

You can make Bart write whatever you want. I’m pretty sure you will spend hours, if not the entire day, trying to outdo young Simpson.

Though it didn’t take Ken Mueller very long to come up with this one:

Ken Mueller's Bart Simpson chalkboard generator


3. Video: Put a Bird On It (All the Seagull Ladies)

Thank you, Tracy Viselli, for giving me a huge laugh yesterday with this one. Though if I strain or break something while trying to imitate these moves, you will be hearing from my lawyer, personal trainer, accountant, clients, husband, dogs, Apple and Ragan’s PR Daily. And not necessarily in that order.

I’m warning you – this video is addictive. I suggest you watch it and enjoy it in its entirety first. Then try to sing (and dance) along with the lyrics, so helpfully included.

Happy Friday!

Image: Thomas Hawk on Flickr, CC 2.0

Shonali Burke
Head honcho of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke is President & CEO of Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, she loves helping for- and non-profit clients, both small and large, turn corporate codswallop into community cool™. She also loves ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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I made Bart write all nice things about me.... makes me the crazier of the lot! ;)

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@hackmanj Did you see how quick @kmueller62 was to use that to make fun of me?

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@HowieG Really? I like the new timeline, though I switched over a while back. And Lili is talking now, is she? Boy, that girl moves as fast as she is adorable! @ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski


@shonali I cross posted it to my blog this morning, you probably saw that one :) Love that thing, for me it wasn't a time waster.


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