Don’t Fix what Ain’t Broke: the Scrabble Application on Facebook

I’ve discussed my Scrabble addiction before, but I’ll say it again… I believe that scrabble is the most perfect game ever created.  In fact, the creator of Scrabble, Alfred Mosher Butts,  studied the front page of The New York Times for an entire year to calculate how frequently each letter of the alphabet was used.  Words with Friends cannot even compare…

So, today when I went to play my daily game of Scrabble through the facebook application, I was surprised to find this:

What is that madness?  It looks like they hired the web designers of Myspace circa 2003 and Zynga’s Farmville to make this terrible eyesore. Continue reading

My Top Nine Crazy Roommate Stories

For the Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 Funniest Roommates Contest I made a video “MY INSANE ROOMMATE” – which you should all vote on (I have 24 hours of self promotion left, so I might as well roll with it). Aside: you can vote once a day, so vote again HERE (using google/youtube account)

So in the spirit of terrible roommates, I give you my terrible roommates stories.  Please share yours in the comments.

1.  The College Seniors who would throw keggers on Friday mornings at 8 am.  The girls would NEVER warn me. Then they would black out by noon, lose their jewelry/phones/clothes and then accuse me of stealing it.

2.  The SAME girls as in Number 1 who would knock on my door at 11pm, saying that my phone rang too loud and it disturbed them.

3.  I lived in a hippy co-op for two years (don’t ask).  We lived with a nudist, who used the van outside as his bedroom, which was totally fine (I ain’t picky).  but then the nudist couch surfers arrived.  I punched one when his junk got a little too close to my face.

4.  The roommate who was “on a diet” and worst of all, the Atkin’s Diet.  She would fry up FOUR SAUSAGES and shove them in her mouth with her pudgy hands.  THEN she’d smoke some weed and order the 5-5-5 deal (Remember that?) from Domino’s.  She would eat all of them to herself.  She wouldn’t share any pizza and then would eat the entire 3 pizzas over the course of 24 hours. In the meantime, the boxes would be placed around her on her bed.  I still can never look at pizza in the same way again

5.  HIPPIES.

6.  The girls I dub “The Trolls”.  Two LARGE sisters who sometimes had maggots growing on their dishes.  When I forgot to do my dishes on my birthday, they had a house meeting to discuss how inconsiderate I am.

7.  A roommate who after complaining for weeks about how she needs to do laundry, appropriates my underwear.  I found this out when I spotted it when she was wearing a mini skirt.  A girl’s gotta learn how to cross her legs.

8.  The Generic Drunk Person: Peed in my closet, forgot that he ate all my corn dogs blacked out, threw up in the shower, threw up in the kitchen sink, threw up in the freezer, hosted a party in my bedroom, etc…

9.  The roommate who threw the toaster against the wall when she found she was getting evicted.

Bad Roommates… Any good stories?

REMEMBER TO VOTE HERE SO I CAN WIN 5 GRAND

 

The Zombies are spreading: Zombie Run now in 3 new cities!

Back in September, I told you about the Zombie Run, a Zombie Infested 5k Obstacle Course Race (say that three times fast).  Originally the cities were:  Los Angeles/San Diego, Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston, Indianapolis, Seattle/Portland and Austin.

Well the Zombie pandemic has spread to Minneapolis, St. Louis and Denver.  And you only have 10 days left to register for the Atlanta Event!  Because being chased by brain munchers is just how I want to spend my Saturdays!

You can register at their website, which describes the “festivities” in the following blurb:

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Pat Sajak “used to” get drunk and other Game Show hosts behaving badly

I love game shows.  But even more, I love game show hosts.  My top 3 favorite game show hosts of all time are: Chuck Woolery, Alex Trebek and Bob Barker.  And even though Pat Sajak, from Wheel of Fortune, seems like the creepy uncle I never had, he has a special place in my heart too.

SO, BIG SHOCKER HERE.  Pat Sajak recently admitted in an interview that he and Vanna White would get pretty plastered before the show in the early days of the Wheel.  As he states:

 Our dinner break would be two and a half hours long while they drove in cars and boats and gazebos…. We had a place called Los Arcos…. They had great margaritas, so Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six. And then come and do the last shows, and have trouble recognizing the alphabet.

Well Pat’s not the only one with questionable behavior.  Here are some other game show hosts behaving badly:

1.  Meredith Vieira gets hot and bothered for a young Navy pilot

“I’m ONE OLD HORNY WOMAN!”

“You can put your wet finger wherever you want it”

Nope, those aren’t quotes Continue reading

Jeopardy fans are not happy, may start nerdy riot

Please read Part I of the Jeopardy controversy HERE to get more fully up to date on the craziness that is happening among people who are usually too busy memorizing vice presidents, English royals and no longer circulating currencies (I kid, I kid. I love you guys).

A few days ago, I reported that Jeopardy has decided to close registration early for its online tests to qualify to be on the show.  Usually, you have until two hours before the test starts to register.  This year, they closed it off DAYS early without warning.  Rumor has it that hackers may have been a factor. Really, Jeopardy, just because we Jeopardophiles are smarter than the average bear, doesn’t mean we don’t participate in some good ole fashioned procrastination.

Things got awkward when they were still showing commercials saying you could register, despite the fact that registration was long since closed.

The correct response is “What is a douchey thing to do?”

Now, fans are not happy.  As one fan states on their facebook page:

Closing reg while still saying register on the tv sucks. I’ll be contacting Sony, SEC about false advertising, FCC, and the state Attorney General Department of Consumer Affairs. Hope others do the same.

YOWZER. That guy knows Continue reading

I’ve always wanted my pizza to have a picture of a football helmet!

Isn’t the world already filled with enough stupid products?  Do we really need to add pizza Super Bowl decals to the list?  Well, it seems like we have no choice, because THEY’RE HERE…

Basically, Pizza Prints are decals of your favorite football team that you can put on a plain cheese pizza.  According to their instructional video “It’s the greatest victory for pizza since cheese” which is Continue reading

Weekly Wiki: Chess Boxing

So I’ve decided that every week, I will feature a weird wikipedia page that interests me.  This week, the link is CHESS BOXING.  Yes, you read that right… CHESS BOXING. The definition of it is what you would expect, it’s a hybrid game of chess and boxing.

From wikipedia:

A match consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of boxing and chess. The match begins with a four-minute chess round. This is followed by three minutes of boxing, with rounds of chess and boxing alternating until the end. There is a one minute break between rounds. Speed chess is used, a form in which each player has a total of only twelve minutes for the whole game.

Competitors may win by a knockout, achieving a checkmate, by the judges’ decision, or if their opponent’s twelve minutes of chess time is exceeded

I bet it’s hard to find great players for this, since I would imagine that the two sports seem semi mutually-exclusive.  OKAY OKAY, I know that I’m just following stereotypes for jocks and for nerds, but I just can’t see Bobby Fischer in the ring or Mike Tyson check mating someone.

Has anyone else heard of this before?  Also read the wikipedia page for more info.

The Wonderful World of Sweepstakes Winning!

I’ve been semi-employed the last few months.  And even semi-employed is an overstatement.  Really I mean I’ve dedicated my time to re-watching cancelled sitcoms (woot Party Down woot), playing scrabble, and on a good day, going to the gym. WAIT. I didn’t even mention my job: I sometimes work in a law office where my boss sends me illegible post-its about the German Embassy which has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING.

Though German barmaids would be an interesting addition to the office 

So, as an added source of income (and yes, that is how I rationalize it), I’ve decided to enter as many sweepstakes/contests as I can.  And in reality, it’s kind of like a job,but instead of getting paid in cash, I get paid in chocolate, eye cream and the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook.

I did a less intense version of this before a couple of years ago, focusing on contests held in my city of residence, and I did pretty well:  a few show tickets, a pair of tickets to Beefest, and a pair of tickets to a Twilight event (the experience of trying to scalp these $4 dollar tickets to preteen girls marks one of the low points of my life).

Few things are scarier than this

BUT NOW, I am full-fledged sweepstakes fanatic!  In fact, I’ve actually won some stuff!  (NB: You can follow my my contest twitter account @lizzycontests to see everything I enter)

To show that people actually win stuff and to give props to the websites that provided me with happiness, here are some items I’ve won in the last month:

I wasn’t joking when I said I won the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook because I did.  I originally thought it was a joke, but it’s actually a real thing that is unintentionally a joke.  I have yet to receive it, so in the meantime, I just post Gwyneth Paltrow quotes on Tumblr (yes, hahabuda has a tumblr)

 I basically love everything about hot dogs, except the hot dog bun – hahabuda

I also won a guacamole prize pack from Wholly Guacamole and Surviving a Teacher’s Salary.  Since coupons for guacamole and sandwich Continue reading

Trump: The Game – Because Donald Trump doesn’t know when to stop

I went thrift store shopping last week for two reasons: find some of the components for my costume of Harley Quinn and find a nice inexpensive present for my mom’s birthday… I was seriously searching for a Sun Tea Jar (because all moms love sun tea).  BUT THEN…  I found this:

The game I found was the ORIGINAL 1989 Board Game by Donald Trump, called (whowouldathunk) Trump: The Game.  With the ingenius tagline “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win”

I haven’t unwrapped it, but as far as I can tell, it’s just like Monopoly, but not nearly as fun (actually I never really liked Monopoly, but that’s besides the point).  To read a description of the gameplay in case you really want to know, read THIS.

Although industry insiders predicted glowing sales and Milton Bradley was planning on producing 2 million copies (wait what), The game was a huge failure.  Trump attributed it to the fact that the game may be too difficult for the masses (he really did say this).  During the christmas season many toy stores had to drop the price of it from $40 to $29 or $20 before it sold. (Tangent: I don’t think I would pay $40 for a board game in today’s dollars, even if it combined my favorite things ever).

I searched "sushi scrabble chocolate milk puppies" to find my best board game ever, but instead found Obama Sushi.... It happens.

The game was re-released with slightly easier rules in 2005 because of his new Apprentice Show, because you know there’s always a market for blowhards.