• sweavo (unregistered)
    1. where does a coaster coast to? huh?

    2. britons drink beer and only beer when out on the town. beer + mat = beermat. The sooner you colonies fix your wayward language the better.

  • notromda (cs)

    The real WTF is ... the ear cleaning service advertised on the singapore phone cards. I mean, what, can't handle a q-tip yourself?

  • pitchingchris (cs)

    The sticker from John Senner that you didn't seem to get seems to say to me that if you eat junk food it will go to your butt.

  • Outlaw Programmer (cs)

    Hey is that Polar Bear one a Lost reference? If so, Alex, you're OK in book! [sic]

  • operagost (cs)

    My 1976 Ford LTD had a simple plastic clip permanently attached to the shoulder belt that performed the same purpose. It would keep the belt from retracting past the belt hanger and give your poor clavicle a rest. I haven't seen those in the USA since the 1980s. Some bureaucrat in the DOT probably outlawed them with the fear that someone would leave too much slack and render the shoulder belt useless.

  • SpoonMeiser (cs)

    Wait, I'm confused. A "glass of water"?

    If you had a glass, why wouldn't it be full of beer? The only situation I can think of where a glass wouldn't be full of beer, is if I had just drunk the beer.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    When I hear "coaster", the first thing I think of is something I'd rather not want to use together with beer.

  • gabba (cs)

    Why does asdfghj's name make him/her ineligible to receive a sticker? It's an unusual first name, granted, but this seems a little harsh.

    Ed: Fixed

  • Spectre (cs)

    It's Компьютерра. Shame on you for not knowing Cyrillic alphabet, Alex!

    Ed: Fixed

  • Steve (unregistered)

    We definitely have coasters (in fact I have some nice ones at home :), beermat is a sub-class of coaster. ;)

  • Roie (unregistered)

    FYI, that's not an Israeli bus pass, it's an Israeli train ticket (from Be'er Sheva to Jerusalem and back, to be precise).

  • keef (unregistered) in reply to sweavo

    Drinks mat = for tea & coffee at home beermat = made from cardboard & only for beer in the pub

  • Ritchie (unregistered)

    Here we go again, you yanks think you're so clever that by using "sulfur", "flavor" and "color" you're reducing the world's RSI problem by cutting down on typing......

    Beermats are made of card and pretty much disposable, unlike coasters which are more permanent. You'd find the latter in your grandmother's house, but probably not the former, unless she ran a bar.

    Many people think it's so that the mat can absorb spills of draught beer that's just been poured, but really it's so you can do silly tricks with flipping them on a table and throw them at people.

    Oh, nice to see some 5.25" floppies again! I only threw out my old drive a few years ago when the 3.5" part of it finally gave up the ghost.

  • Matt (unregistered)
    Nice try Europe, but I'm still not switching to your Ubuntu.

    Isn't Ubuntu a South African product?

  • Jim (unregistered)

    "asdfghj Jenkins (UK) not only has an ineligible hand-written first name..."

    I think you meant "illegible"

  • TheRabbi (unregistered)

    Alex,

    The 1-yen coin is made from aluminum and, yeah, it does feel kind of like play money. But that's why.

    Strange, because our penny (its rough equivalent) is pretty heavy in comparison. Of course, with the way the economy is going, the quarter will soon be its rough equivalent...

  • tezoatlipoca (unregistered)

    Ooo! I know! I know what the bottom-left sticker is about! If I make my wife popcorn, she lets me cop a feel too!

    (usually. sometimes its "get the hell away from me, can't you see Im eating popcorn?")

  • sweavo (unregistered) in reply to tezoatlipoca
    tezoatlipoca:
    Ooo! I know! I know what the bottom-left sticker is about! If I make my wife popcorn, she lets me cop a feel too!

    (usually. sometimes its "get the hell away from me, can't you see Im eating popcorn?")

    win.

  • Kilrah (cs)

    I wonder if the CD thing is real. If yes, really awesome!

    And WTF is the site so damn slow today, takes more than 2 minutes to load a page...

  • Alix (unregistered)

    Coasters are for household use, beermats are for use in pubs (where drinking water is outlawed).

  • jmroth (cs)

    I hope you are not cheating by simply photographing these items off a wooden table and publishing them from there!!!

    Preferred recursive method:

    1. photograph the item
    2. if not already present, insert wooden table background (one for each item!!) via image processing software: 2a. to that end: photograph wooden table 2b. print wooden table 2c. scan printout of wooden table 2d. use image processing software
    3. print item with wooden table
    4. scan printout
    5. publish
  • James (unregistered) in reply to SpoonMeiser
    SpoonMeiser:
    Wait, I'm confused. A "glass of water"?

    If you had a glass, why wouldn't it be full of beer? The only situation I can think of where a glass wouldn't be full of beer, is if I had just drunk the beer.

    I took a trip through Europe with my high school, and I can't remember if it was in Belgium or Germany where they had a saying that translated as "Water is for washing." Excellent.

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  • Simetrical (cs)

    Last I checked, South Africa is not European.

  • rbonvall (cs) in reply to gabba
    gabba:
    Why does asdfghj's name make him/her ineligible to receive a sticker? It's an unusual first name, granted

    Actually, it's not that unusual. It is my password. And my mom's.

  • K Dog (unregistered)

    Looks legit...

    The size of the compact disc, the playing length and the size of the hole in the middle were determined during negotiations between Philips and Sony in the 1980s.

    HOLE IN MIDDLE: The Dutch `dubbetje' with its 14mm diameter is the smallest sized coin currently in use anywhere in the world. The Philips engineers in charge of setting the technical specifications for the Compact Disc (CD) gave this disc a very Dutch touch: the size of the center hole of a CD equals the size of the dubbeltje, and the Dutch dubbeltje is the only coin in the world that passes through a CD center hole. The happened purily by chance as one of the Engineer's happen to have the dime in his pockets:)

  • Mirko (unregistered)

    The Sublime chocolate is excellent! in fact, it's better than many Swiss ones I've tried.

  • NotAnEnglishMajor (unregistered) in reply to James
    James:
    SpoonMeiser:
    Wait, I'm confused. A "glass of water"?

    If you had a glass, why wouldn't it be full of beer? The only situation I can think of where a glass wouldn't be full of beer, is if I had just drunk the beer.

    I took a trip through Europe with my high school, and I can't remember if it was in Belgium or Germany where they had a saying that translated as "Water is for washing." Excellent.

    Drink water? Like out of a toilet?!? No way. Drink Brawndo! Brawndo has electrolytes...

    -NotAn

  • John (unregistered)

    That Finnish candy looks like a couple of tampons. Did you have drymouth after you ate it?

  • Maks Verver (unregistered) in reply to K Dog
    K Dog:
    Looks legit... [..] The Dutch `dubbetje' with its 14mm diameter is the smallest sized coin currently in use anywhere in the world.
    Except that it's called a dubbeltje (the author of the page you got that from should be ashamed of himself) and it hasn't been in use since 2002, when the Euro replaced all coins and banknotes based on the guilder.
  • hunter9000 (cs)

    The buttered popcorn and tacky fingernail stickers are from an ad out of a magazine. I don't remember which magazine it was, or what the ad was for, but my girlfriend has the whole sheet of stickers at home. They're all pictures of things that suck, like a dude wearing white socks with sandals, no signal bars on a cell phone, etc. She uses them to stick on random things around the house and at work. I've been trying to find out more about them, but google is failing me.

  • Jerry (unregistered)

    So beermat doesn't make sense? What do you say about restrooms, eh? What if I don't feel like resting in your filthy toilets!

  • pauldwaite (unregistered)
    What if I want to put a glass of water on one? Or Iced Tea?

    What are you, a poof?

  • zOMGWTFBBG (unregistered) in reply to Kilrah
    Kilrah:

    And WTF is the site so damn slow today, takes more than 2 minutes to load a page...

    Its a DOS attack from the comic haters

  • Walleye (unregistered)

    As W.C. Fields once said about a glass of water, "How can you drink that stuff? Fish f**k in it!"

  • tuntis (unregistered)

    FYI, lakritsi == licorice

  • Pitabred (unregistered) in reply to Ritchie
    Ritchie:
    Here we go again, you yanks think you're so clever that by using "sulfur", "flavor" and "color" you're reducing the world's RSI problem by cutting down on typing......

    Beermats are made of card and pretty much disposable, unlike coasters which are more permanent. You'd find the latter in your grandmother's house, but probably not the former, unless she ran a bar.

    Many people think it's so that the mat can absorb spills of draught beer that's just been poured, but really it's so you can do silly tricks with flipping them on a table and throw them at people.

    Oh, nice to see some 5.25" floppies again! I only threw out my old drive a few years ago when the 3.5" part of it finally gave up the ghost.

    I've never heard the term beermat, but I like it ;) And the damn things always stick to the bottom your glass, whether because of condensation of very cold beer, or the bartender spilled some down the side of it. If you want to fix that, take a little salt, and sprinkle it on the beermat. It'll reduce the surface tension, so it'll no longer go up with your glass when you're taking a gulp.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    I can't believe the last entry submitters name is Hugues Johnson. Is that supposed to sound like Huge Johnson?

    Either way, the 8" floppies rule! Visions of Wargames with Matthew Broderick. That and and acoustic coupler modem.

  • Peter B. (unregistered)

    Beermats are only found in pubs (ie. bars), where beer is placed on them. We do have coasters, but they're different to beermats.

    Beermats are always those little flimsy disposable ones. They often have advertising on them. Coasters are real proper ones.

  • Sander (unregistered)

    I have to really really doubt the fact Erwin's story about knowing the engineer. Altough it is possible, since the CD isn't exactly from the 1800s, the coin-fits-into-the-cd-hole story (in any form) is as common as the five-second-rule is in the US. It's the kind of thing you tell your friends when you're out of cool other things to tell eachother.

  • yossi (unregistered) in reply to Roie

    and its upsidedown

  • Da' Man (cs)

    The main goal of all Finnish student organizations - but even more so the "techie" ones - is to bring together Techies ("Tekkarit") and "Kossu" (Brandwine :-)

  • yossi (unregistered) in reply to John

    exactly what i was thinking :)

  • yo mama (unregistered)

    This stuff was found on the ground in Japan? There's not even a speck of dirt on it! It looks like it just came from the store a minute ago. I know Japan is known for cleanliness, but to this extreme?

  • Hugues (cs) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    I can't believe the last entry submitters name is Hugues Johnson. Is that supposed to sound like Huge Johnson?

    Either way, the 8" floppies rule! Visions of Wargames with Matthew Broderick. That and and acoustic coupler modem.

    Sadly, it's a real name. Pronounced like "Hugh" but I'll respond to anything even remotely close. I was so disappointed when my first modem didn't speak.
  • Postie (unregistered) in reply to Ritchie
    Ritchie:
    Oh, nice to see some 5.25" floppies again! I only threw out my old drive a few years ago when the 3.5" part of it finally gave up the ghost.

    If you read the comment next to the photos carefully it says they're 8" floppies. Now thats not just cool, thats "War Games" starring Mathew Broderick cool!

  • MichaelWojcik (cs) in reply to notromda
    notromda:
    The *real* WTF is ... the ear cleaning service advertised on the singapore phone cards.

    I think that's a brilliant piece of marketing. I remember using public phones (damn kids...), and I often felt the need for some ear cleaning afterward, even if I avoided direct physical contact.

    Maybe they should have advertised it as "ear sanitation", though.

    Insert B-Ark reference here.

  • Russ (unregistered) in reply to NotAnEnglishMajor
    NotAnEnglishMajor:
    James:
    SpoonMeiser:
    Wait, I'm confused. A "glass of water"?

    If you had a glass, why wouldn't it be full of beer? The only situation I can think of where a glass wouldn't be full of beer, is if I had just drunk the beer.

    I took a trip through Europe with my high school, and I can't remember if it was in Belgium or Germany where they had a saying that translated as "Water is for washing." Excellent.

    Drink water? Like out of a toilet?!? No way. Drink Brawndo! Brawndo has electrolytes...

    -NotAn

    Best Comment Ever.. Also great movie..

  • Lucas (unregistered)

    Ubuntu is actually a linux distro originally from Africa (more specific from South Africa) started by a man called Mark Shuttleworth

    Ubuntu is an African word meaning 'Humanity to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are'.

  • relentless coward (unregistered) in reply to yo mama

    It can't be too clean with all that stuff on the ground. ;) Unless it was stacked in neat piles?

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