Arbitrary taxation

I went to the dollar-store to get more of those 730g tins of Maxwell House coffee for $2.50 because it’s a great deal. Unfortunately, they were sold out and probably won’t be back (apparently the dollar-store gets one-time items for some reason 🤨). I knew it was too good to be true. 😕 Thankfully I got 10 tins while they had them, so hopefully I’ll be able to drink coffee with impunity for a while.

Anyway, while I was there, I figured I’d see about getting some other stuff. To my surprise, they had some relatively cheap (but brand-name) soap available, so I bought a bunch so that I don’t have to worry about running low (I swear soap melts faster than it used, probably on purpose so that you have to buy it more often 😒). Then I got tempted by the snack aisle. This is bad because I’m trying to do the Keto diet, and all that junk has carbs galore.

I figured I’d get a few things that were a decent value and just leave them in the basement as storage for the future (or hypothetical—read imaginary 🙄— guests).

The strangest part is that when I looked at the receipt, the items that were and weren’t taxed was baffling. The soap was taxed, which seems stupid since soap is hardly a luxury or an unnecessary item. 😒 Moreover, granola bars were also taxed even though they’re the “healthy” snack, but all the other junk foods were not taxed.

Who the heck decides what gets taxed or not? This seems pretty random. (I wish I could attribute it to Hanlon’s razor, but the jaded cynic in me has to assume they taxed the soap because it was more expensive. ¬_¬)

Receipt with seemingly random items taxed
How do they decide what items get taxed? 🤔


I saw a McDonald’s cup on the ground today (damn litterers 😒) and had to do a double-take because the new design uses an all-lowercase sans-serif font and breaks the name McDonald’s across three lines and looks an awful lot like it says “mcd on aids”. 🤦 Who thought of that? How did they miss it? Did they get fired? 🤔

"md/on/alds" looks like "mcd on aids"
New McDonald’s design is very easy to misread

Hollywood recycles actors in recycled plots

It’s no secret that Hollywood is loathe to do anything novel and is obsessed with remakes, but they also make “new” movies by recycling plots as well, even if they’re not direct remakes. But they’re so loathe to do anything new, that they’ll even go so far as to reuse the same actors when they recycle plots.

In 2003, Dennis Quaid starred in the movie Cold Creek Manor, in which he played a man who bought a house that was foreclosed on by the bank and seized from Stephen Dorf’s character, but Dorf’s character wouldn’t accept it and refused to leave and terrorized the new owner and his family.

In 2019, Dennis Quaid starred in the movie The Intruder in which he played a man who sells his house to a man (played by Michael Ealy) and his wife, but then refuses to leave and terrorizes them.

I expect Michael Ealy to star in a movie in 2035 as a man who refuses to leave his old home and terrorize the new owners. ¬_¬

Screenshot from “Cold Creek Manor” with Dennis Quaid and Stephen Dorf
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Screenshot from “The Intruder” with Dennis Quaid and Michael Ealy
The Intruder (2019)

Condemned: Criminal Origins beat Doctor Who by two years

The Weeping Angels from the “Blink” episode of Doctor Who (June 9, 2007) instantly became one of the most iconic characters on the show, almost on par with the Daleks and Cybermen. They’ve been pretty popular and referenced in all kinds of other media since then. However, the game Condemned: Criminal Origins did that same concept two years earlier (November 22, 2005). At one point in the game, you investigate a derelict store and come across a bunch of mannequins which move when you turn your back on them.

For the record, SCP-173 was first posted to the /x board on 4chan on June 22, 2007, a couple of weeks after “Blink” aired, clearly inspired by it.

No doubt there have been other similar creatures imagined before the mannequins in Condemned. The concept is hardly unique or extraordinary. Feel free to mention some older ones in the comments.

Condemned: Criminal Origins released in 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins had weeping-angel like mannequins in 2005
Doctor Who "Blink" episode released in 2007
Doctor Who’s weeping-angels were in 2007
SCP-173 was made right after the weeping-angels