Category Archives: Fun Friday Post

Fun Friday Post – Hail to the Cookie Baby, It’s National Cookie Day!

“Me proclaim today National Cookie Day” – Cookie Monster

As luck would have it today is National Cookie Day! According to the Muppet Wiki it is a minor holiday that celebrates cookies in all their sugary glory.

A bit of history

Back in 1980 Random House published “The Sesame Street Dictionary“. In this book Cookie Monster playfully declares a National Cookie Day to celebrate his beloved addiction, however no date was ever specified.

In the summer of 1987 Matt Nader president of the Blue Chip Cookie Company, a small cookie company based out of San Francisco, told the LA Times it was time for a National Cookie Day, “It’s just like having  National Secretaries Day … It will just be a fun thing to do“.

So there you have it … sort of … either way we’re happy to indulge cookies this day or any day for that matter. Here are some of our favourite cookie memes etc.

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And I’ll leave you with this classic in honour of the king!

Fun Friday Post – We Bring You Sock Sock Jokes

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.20.28 PMYou’ve heard of knock knock jokes, right? They’re a bit silly, very punny and usually good to share with an all-ages group. When you need to lighten up a crowd, especially at a family gathering, knock knock jokes can often do the trick.

As we’ve just started working with Canadian sock designer and manufacturer, Socks by William and in anticipation of a photo shoot, we’ve got an office filled with socks. We’ve been having lots of fun with them, using them to bundle up for winter, wrap gifts, and generally enjoying these high-quality garments. Even though they’re meant for men, the ladies of Horse & Cart have been enjoying them too!

And so we’d like to introduce you to “William” our sock-puppet host who generates “sock sock” jokes upon demand! Share these corny but tasteful jokes at your next holiday party and knock everyone’s socks off with laughter 😉

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.08.28 PMAnd even though this one isn’t a “sock sock” joke, I just had to share it:

Q: What kind of socks does a pirate wear?

A: Arrrrrgyle!

Go get your sock sock jokes on!

Fun Friday Post – Our Favourite Language Converters

Around here, we’re no strangers to fun tools, like great lorem ipsum or hilarious stock photos, and now we bring you our favourite fake translation sites for when you want your copy to have extra pizzazz. Share them with your favourite writers and see how much they’ll enjoy them!

Gizoogle

You already knew about Gizoogle, the gangsta search engine, right? Well now you can translate your site into “gangsta” all day, any day! (NSFW)

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 2.59.19 PMThe Dialectizer

Here’s a little known tool that works similarly to Gizoogle. With the Dialectizer, you can choose from dialects such as “redneck”, “jive”, “cockney”, “Elmer Fudd”, Swedish Chef”, “moron”, “pig Latin” and even “hacker”!

Lingo2Word

Can’t understand how teenagers text? Need to translate some kid’s email? Try Lingo2Word, which will change your plain old English into exciting 1337!

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Loved the turns of phrase and crazy language in A Clockwork Orange? Now your site can read like the famous novel by Anthony Burgess – like crazy Russian gangsters.

The Corporate B.S. Generator

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of corporate jargon? Fret no more, now you too can write, speak and B.S. like the rest of them with the Corporate B.S. Generator.

speak like a piratePirate-to-English translator

And lastly, this link would not be complete without being able to translate your text into pirate-speak! Arrrggghhh matey!

Fun Friday Post – Fake Stock Photos from Unstock

If you haven’t heard of and used Unsplash, it’s a pity. They have changed the meaning of stock photos for us by providing free, high-quality and useful but not cheesy stock images to the masses. Until now, it’s been our best-kept secret.

Besides being free, hi-resolution and beautiful images, Unsplash ensures attribution for photographers, so their photos aren’t stolen without getting linked back. And the images are under a Creative Commons Zero license, meaning that the images can be used for almost any purpose!

img1So today, Horse & Cart present our satirical homage to a site that makes looking for stock photos exciting and interesting instead of boring and cringe-worthy: Unstock. With typical images such as group worker high-five and other typically cheesy shots, we’ve taken all of the work out of choosing a stock image for your next blog post about the office, your next hero image of cheesy colleagues working together and collaborating, and more. The possibilities are endless!

stock-photo-36411644-african-businessman-with-group-of-businesspeopleHave a look at our take on typical stock images. They’re perfectly plastic and totally useable in a corporate capacity (but seriously, we don’t recommend using these in any serious endeavors). Whether for work or play, these pictures will keep your audience laughing. Behold: the beauty of the stock image!

Fun Friday Post – Winners vs. Losers in the Scotland Referendum

A while back, you may recall, Scotland held a referendum on whether to separate. Being the fun-loving, competitive crew that we are, we chose to take bets on whether the country would separate.

The bettors:

YES (Scotland will separate)

  • Leila
  • Brendan (The Saint)
  • Max
  • Lisa

NO (Scotland will not separate)

  • Drew
  • Josh
  • Paula
  • Brendan (The Poet)
  • Armando

The terms:

Winners: Get to design a crest for House Horse & Cart

Losers: Need to buy the Scotch (must be of Scottish origin) and do the work for designing the Horse & Cart crest.

As we all know now, Scotland did not separate. So Lisa, The Saint, Max and I had to get it together and build the crest and buy the Scotch (still pending).

The Poet specified that the crest must look like “neon, 80s Pat Benatar” and we think Lisa drew a gorgeous crest within those constraints:

Introducing House Horse & Cart

Introducing House Horse & Cart

Please direct all formal inquiries and invitations now to House Horse & Cart.Meanwhile, we loser still owe the winners their Scotch!

Fun Friday Post – Advertising Fails

This Fun Friday post brings you a good laugh from advertising gone wrong.

We have seen a lot of campaigns that are misinterpreted when it is advertised internationally. Companies that are well known, such as Pepsi, KFC, Coca-Cola, etc. have made the mistake of mistranslated slogans. We posted, a while ago, about how Pepsi came up with a new slogan and when translated into Mandarin, it transformed into “bring your ancestors back from the dead” – yes, so hilarious!

And now, we’re providing you with more humor and examples of mistranslated slogans from other companies.

  • Nokia’s new smartphone – Lumia – translates to Spanish as the slang word for prostitute.
  • When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, its “Fly In Leather” campaign was translated to “Fly Naked” in Spanish.ip.bitcointalk
  • Coca-Cola phonetically translated the brand name in Chinese- “Ke-Kou-Ke-La,” which means “Bite the Wax Tadpole.”
  • Parker Pen, a ballpoint pen maker, translated their slogan to Spanish to enter the Mexican market. Their slogan is “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you,” and mistranslated into “It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant.”
  • Electrolux, a Swedish vacuum cleaner slogan in the U.S. translates to “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux.” Yeah, they are going to get a lot of sales…
  • images-4When Vicks started providing their products in the German market, they realized later on that the German pronunciation is “Ficks” which translates into “sexual penetration.”
  • General Motors introduced their “Chevy Nova” in South America, and they did not realize that ‘No va’ translates to “It won’t go.”

In conclusion, marketers need to be aware when advertising globally, because a slogan can literally be lost in translation, resulting in a misunderstood campaign. Although they are entertaining, this reflects poorly on the marketers who didn’t take the time to make sure the was represented appropriately in other languages, cultures, etc. If your brand is putting thousands if not millions of dollars into a campaign, the least you can do is check for accuracy!

Sources:

Real Business.” 10 Translated Slogans Gone Wrong– Web. 17 Oct. 2014

13 Funniest Mistranslated Slogans Ever” | DailyCognition.” 13 Funniest Mistranslated Slogans Ever | DailyCognition. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

Fun Friday Post – This is Lunacy!

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“Theres a bad moon on the rise” – John Fogerty, CCR

End of the world theories, doomsday sayers, false prophets, and apocolyptica are nothing new. Every so many years, a few crazies will crawl out of the wood work and claim they had a premonition or discovered some hidden secret buried in ancient text that prophesies the end of the human race and/or world.

We thought – since this week marked the second of 4 blood moons in a tetrad – that we would roundup some of our favourite apocalypse prophecies  online, not to be confused with last week’s post “Our Favourite End of the World Movies” 🙂

Solar Storms

Solar Storms

Leila is partial to a prophecy that may not be so farfetched. Many doomsday sayers cry about the end of the world every time the Sun becomes active and starts spitting out solar flares. The theory is backed by science, that a solar storm big enough would cause massive devastation on Earth by taking down our power grid, melting our ozone, messing with plant life, and potentially triggering volcanic eruptions and tectonic plate shifts. Sounds like fun! For more information check out the Mother Nature Network post on “11 ways the world (as we know it) could end“.

Genetically Engineered Beatles

Genetically Engineered Beetles

The stuff that movies are made of! Rick Tobin, the latest YouTube self-proclaimed prophet, has an outlandish theory that genetically engineered beetles will be our downfall. Oh, and he goes on to talk about government conspiracies and even old school Nazi experiments. For more on Rick Tobin and his monster beetles check out this post on webwire “New Frightening YouTube Prophesy:Beetle Apocalypse After 4 Blood Moons“. Great find Drew!

Viking Apocalypse

Ragnarok – Viking Apocalypse Myth

Moniba dug up this great piece of viking lore that tells the story of Ragnarok, the last battle between Viking gods. According the prophecy the last Viking gods will battle and in doing so will split the Earth in half ending mankind. Then, by some magical Viking power the Earth will be re-born and the new Viking gods will inhabit it.

Like so many other prophecies before it’s time, this prediction failed nearly a year ago. But, perhaps a motion picture is on it’s way? For more information on this “Hollywood-esque” prophecy check out The Daily Mail’s post “Are you ready for the Viking Apocalypse? Norse myth predicts world will end this Saturday“.

Blood Moon Prophecies

Lunar eclipse myths from around the world

Maxime brings us “Marauding demons, murderous pets, and ravenous jaguars” to name a a few believed myths surrounding a lunar eclipse.

For more information check out the National Geographic post “Lunar eclipse myths from around the world“. personally I’m partial to howling at the moon, but then again I always fancied myself a Werewolf – muah ha ha ha…

The best for last? Perhaps. I bring you the “Warning Signs: IT HAS BEGUN IN AMERICA! (OCTOBER 2014)“. According to Jason A,  a YouTuber who compiles footage into “End of World” prophecies, attempts to connect politics, economy, crime, poverty, civil unrest, Isis, Ebola, D68, Jewish Holidays, and more to the Lunar Eclipse tetrad by piecing together video footage, interviews, and other web sourced imagery. Better to watch the video.

Do you believe?