Sometimes I need a laugh, especially this week

My New Year got off to a cruddy start: my next-door neighbors decided to stand on their balcony (right outside my bedroom window) and scream “Happy New Year” loudly over and over for an HOUR after midnight Friday night; the check engine light on my car decided to turn on, no doubt letting me know that more expensive car repairs are imminent; and stupid Barnes and Noble still hasn’t sent the books I ordered on the 28th of December with my Christmas gift cards. ARGH.

The B&N thing worries me, since the books had a ship date of 1/3/11. I keep picturing my box of books sitting on the floor of their warehouse, unlabeled, getting stepped on. This may be the last time I buy anything from them, since their customer service apparently cannot help me. (Maybe complaining will spur them into action.)

Needless to say, I was badly in need of a good laugh when I discovered Cracked.com. Remember the magazine? Cracked? It’s not published anymore, but it was sold alongside MAD. I used to read them both back in the day.

Anyway, I was looking around Cracked.com and found this: 8 Stupid Amazon Products with Impressively Sarcastic Reviews. It’s similar to a NY Times post from a few weeks ago, but equally funny. Sometimes reading funny things that other people wrote will cheer you right up. It worked for me.

BTW: Cracked also has a book out, called You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. I haven’t read it yet, but if it’s as funny as the website (and magazine) I’m sure it’s good for a laugh or twelve. 

Now I’m going to go back to worrying about my car. And my books. And hating my neighbors. ARGH.

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