Since it's the season of goodwill to all men, I will flex my festive tolerance levels and include businesses in that warm, fuzzy equation, too. For now.
Like many people these days, if I need to contact a business my first port of call is the company's official website. However, I'm not so keen on filling out contact forms on sites because more often than not, you never hear from them again.
Sure, it's usually a simple enough matter to stalk them on their Facebook pages and nudge them into responding to your question/concern/complaint by asking again, in public, on there - but should you really have to shame them into answering you?
I've had this happen so often lately that I was beginning to think it was a conspiracy against me: online businesses were adding me to some global blacklist along with the Nigerian scammers and those dudes selling the herbal viagra.
I contacted one local supermarket a couple of months ago after a wee mishap that resulted in me going arse over tit. I didn't hear anything for a week or two so popped a message on their Facebook page saying what had happened and that I had filled in their contact form but received no reply. The response was immediate: could I please contact them again, they'd be in touch. And they were, via email, once. I haven't heard from them again.
It's time for some animal videos. First up, we have synchronised turkeys featuring a giggly bloke and a whole bunch of turkeys.
And the bonus video is of a marauding goat on the streets of Brazil. Let's be careful out there.
In honour of the Monty Python reunion: now for something completely different.
Did you know lobsters don't die of old age?
Apparently, they are immortal. Well, until they are eaten, then the whole immortality thing goes out the window. I heard it on the internet, so it must be true.
The reports of the crustacean's immortality may or may not be true, but they are known for their longevity (and tasty qualities, according to those who like them).
Check out this video for more "unbelievable facts that are actually true".
Gather 'round children, as today we learn all about something from the olden days, that long ago time before Facebook and texting: how to behave like a real human being in public.
I went to the ballet at the weekend and it was awesome: fit Russian blokes in tights flitting around the stage with a bunch of pretty wee sheilas, rousing music and a spot of Cossack dancing chucked in for good measure made for a spectacular afternoon of entertainment.
However, the cellphones nearly ruined it. Turn the damn things off, or at least turn down the volume. And don't text during the performance: it's rude to the performers and distracting to those of us in the audience who are there to see the ballet. You know, the enthusiastic leaping stuff with the fit blokes that was happening on stage.
And if you arrive late, don't take that as an opportunity to have a not-so-quiet chat with you friends who arrived earlier.
And, damn it, don't kick the back of the seat of the person in front of you. Or take your shoes off and put your gnarly foot on the armrest next to the person in front of you.
Speaking of fartfaces and doody heads (we were, weren't we?), here's a wee video parody of Love the Way You Lie by Rihanna and Eminem:
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