Some fun things found on the Web:

My favorite Pangram

"You go tell that vapid existentialist quack Freddy Nietzsche that he can just bite me, twice."

Jonathan Hoefler of the Hoefler Type Foundry.

  • The Washington Post's annual Neologism Contest Winner.

  • The Onion Satire page and one of its most wonderful articles about new grammar rules in English:

    The Onion, VOLUME 31 ISSUE 09 12 MARCH 1997

    WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Grammar Guild Monday announced that no more will traditional grammar rules English follow. Instead there will a new form of organizing sentences be.

    U.S. Grammar Guild according to, the new structure loosely on an obscure 800-year-old, pre-medieval Anglo-Saxon syntax is based. The syntax primarily verbs, verb clauses and adjectives at the end of sentences placing involves. Results this often, to ears American, a sentence backward appearing.

    "Operating under we are, one major rule," said Joyce Watters, president of the U.S. Grammar Guild. "Make English, want we, more archaic and dignified sounding to be, as if every word coming from the tongue of a centuries-old, mystical wizard, is."

    Brief pause Watters made then a. "Know I, know I," said she. "Confusing sounds it, but every American used to it soon will be."

    At a press conference recent greeted warmly the new measure by President Clinton was.

    "No longer will we adhere to the dull, predictable structure of our traditional grammar system. This nation will now begin speaking, writing and listening to something fresh, exciting and different," said Clinton.

    "Excuse me," added he pause long after a. "Meant I, the dull, predictable system our traditional grammar of adhere to no longer will we. Speaking, writing and listening to something fresh, exciting and different will this nation now begin."

    This week beginning, America across, all dictionaries, thesauruses and any other books or objects with any sort of writing upon it or in it revised to fit the new syntax will be. Libraries assure people wish to that the transition promptly begin will, but that patient people should be, as so much to change there is.

    "Feel good it will make people to know for all these changes that, librarians cold, crabby and as paranoid and overprotective of their books and periodicals as ever remain will," said Yvonne Richter, Director of the Library of Congress.

    The enthusiasm of government officials despite, many Americans about the new plan upset are. "Why in the world did they do this?" a New Canaan, CT, insurance salesman, said Brent Pryce. "There's absolutely no reason. It's utterly pointless and will cause total chaos throughout the country, not to mention the fact that it will cost billions of dollars to implement. And what's this U.S. Grammar Guild, anyway? I've never heard of it."

    When of this complaint informed, government officials that they could not the man's words understand said, because of the strange, unintelligible way of speaking he was.

  • Fractured French and Labored Latin

  • The annual Bulwer-Lytton contest for the best opening sentence in a bad novel. My favorite:
    "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the sound chamber he would never hear the end of it." --David C. Mortensen, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Headlines to Die For

  • A page for Murphy's Law.

  • New York Times Funny Signs page.

  • A Visit to Diggity-Dog Hall

  • A poem about turning nouns into verbs.