Category: Humour

cartoons and articles, some political

The indestructable London tube train


Amfortas emailed:

James, I know you have views on James Bond films. I actually watched one the other evening. Skyfall.

It is a while since I watched a Bond film. Indeed it has been a while since I lived in the UK. But the most striking thing about Skyfall – amid all the grandstanding and poseury – was the revelation that a revolution has taken place in underground rail technology. I was astonished at how robust London tube trains have become.

Bananas and monkeys


Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.…

Once upon a time

Well worth a read:

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said … [read on]…