Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25th, outsourced

Because maps and names are cool: time-lapse maps of the most popular name, by state, for the last six decades: boys and girls. [HT Suzanne]

Because maps and books are cool: the most famous books set in every state. Poor North Carolina. [HT Kaylee]

Because maps and, uh, moods are cool: The United States of Attitude. I belong in...North Carolina?? [HT Liz]

Warped childhood, restoration hardware style. Reminds me of Catalog Living, but for kids. [HT Kat]

I don't know if this made the news elsewhere, but here it was all over the place: Rihanna was - depending on who is reporting the story - "asked to leave," or "kicked out" of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi because - again, depending on who is reporting - she was taking racy photos (by Islamic standards for a woman in a mosque) or because she did not have permission to take the (racy?) photos. That sentence was too long. Just read this article. I guess what I'm saying is, I think it was borderline disrespectful for her to be taking attention-getting photos in such a venue, so it's not inconceivable that she was asked to leave. However, I got in trouble at that mosque for taking photos of my unveiled self outside the mosque, like in the parking lot, so the rules are pretty strict.

Maybe Sterling can have this Halloween costume next year! [HT Ashi]

Have you ever wanted to see Tom Hiddleston doing his impression of Owen Wilson as Loki? Here you go. You're welcome for making your day. [HT Miss Nemesis]

I'm not really into baseball, but even I can understand the cleverness of this symphony orchestra-based smackdown between St. Louis and Boston. [HT Jen]

It may or may not have been in an actual linguistics class, but somewhere along the way in my linguistics education, I learned that "dude" is one of the most versatile words in the English language. Think about it - depending on the intonation you apply to it, it can mean almost anything.

Alfonso the Slobberer, and other unfortunate ruler nicknames. [HT Jen]


Susanne said...

Yeah, Nicholas Sparks moved to NC, set (some of?) his books here, and (some) people liked them a lot. I've read one, I think. Not really my type. But I do enjoy visiting Southport!

I posted the United States of Attitude on Facebook a few days ago. My sister got North Carolina. I got Indiana. My 11 year old nephew got Utah. The friends who took it got quite a mix of places.

I've enjoyed the names through the decades links this week as well. It's funny to watch one name appear over and over and over and then finally cheer (sort of) when other names finally break through. I always like seeing which state will be the first to break the national trend and/or start a new one.

Liz Johnson said...

I got Georgia, as did three of my Facebook friends. Hmm.

That little LED kid is awesome and creepy.

So many of these were hilarious. Awesome Outsourced Friday.

Glenda The Good said...

I BELONG in NORTH CAROLINA! But I want to live in Oregon, SO I DON'T CARE ;) That map made me laugh so hard. After growing up in Arizona, spending my early adulthood in Utah, and having quite a few friends from California I personally think those three states should have been dubbed "Super Competitive and Very Look Conscious." But that is just me. I get relaxed and creative for Washington and Oregon, but think anyone who thinks that about AZ, UT, or CA has obviously never lived there...maybe Northern California and Northern Arizona, but not down in the Valley's ;) Living in the Midwest I get the friendly and conventional although what they don't tell you is friendly also means, willing to talk to you about your every time I take my kids somewhere someone random person likes to point out how many I have, including the time when the old lady said, "Well you must just know how to have fun." Um ok..... Loved warped childhood, Owen Wilson Loki, and the LED costume. To be honest I didn't even realize the World Series was going on until this post. Suddenly the fact that I have friends who keep mentioning St. Louis makes sense. The book thing made me laugh. Washington should be kissing Twilight....without that book they'd be the 50 Shades of Grey book....and ps the only reason I know that book was set in Washington was I looked it up, but seriously this summer EVERY adult I saw reading had that book in their hands and I kept checking the best seller list for reading ideas and that was at the top FOR MONTHS! So Washington kiss Stephanie Meyers, you owe her! Good week! Good week!!!!!

Nancy said...

Well, Crys, I belong in Oregon but am in North Carolina. So... ;)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Mine turned out Oregon. And guess where I've lived for the past 29 years? I guess something here rubbed off on me . . . .ha

Andrew said...

I got Oregon too! Switch!

Bridget said...

Hmm, seems fishy to me that only certain states are showing up in the quiz. Or else I just know a lot of OR/NC people.

Susanne said...

I was curious if one or two states were the norm as well, but I just checked the stats from my FB friends and family on this post and found a little more variety.

My friends/family who grew up in North Carolina got the following:

Georgia (2)
Indiana (me)
North Carolina (2)
Washington (2)
West Virginia

Cousin from Florida got Georgia
Cousin from South Carolina got Georgia
Friend from California got Georgia
Friend from Oregon got Georgia

Brother in law from Venezuela, Florida (high school) and NC (last 12 years) got Colorado

Sister in law from Florida got New Mexico

Friend from Indiana got Tennessee

Friend from Michigan got Vermont
Friend from New Jersey got Vermont


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