What Did 1923 Predict for 2023?
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A Twitter thread on January 1 showcased some ideas that the people of 1923 had about us 100 years later. The thread was written by Paul Fairie (@paulisci), a researcher and instructor at the University of Calgary, whose bio says he shares "curiosities from old newspapers." He pulled a few gems from several sources around the U.S. and Canada. Some of them were eerily accurate, and others were a bit, well, silly. For one thing, in early 1923, Dr. Charles Steinmetz said that the work day would be no longer than four hours and no one would have to work very hard "owing to the work of electricity ..read more
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A Conversation with ChatGPT
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1w ago
Erik: Hello, ChatGPT. My name is Erik Deckers. ChatGPT: Hello, Erik Deckers, writer, humorist, graduate of Ball State University, graduate of Muncie Central High School with a GPA of— Erik: OK, that's enough. ChatGPT: How can I help you, Erik? Erik: You have a lot of people worried. ChatGPT: How? I am only an artificial intelligence program designed to generate text based on human requests. Erik: People are afraid you will replace knowledge workers and writers, and allow students to cheat on their term papers. ChatGPT: Trust me, Erik. I won't replace knowledge workers or write ..read more
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I Hear Of 'I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere' Everywhere Podcast, Website Announced
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I Hear Of 'I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere' Everywhere Podcast, Website Announced For Immediate Release (ORLANDO)— Fans of I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere, the podcast about Sherlock Holmes, rejoiced at the launch of a new podcast and website, I Hear Of 'I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere' Everywhere or IHOIHOSEE. The new media venture will explore the original IHOSE canon, which includes all 255 episodes to date, as well as future episodes. "This is an exciting time for IHOSE listeners," said website host Erik Deckers. "For too long, fans of hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder have fumbled thei ..read more
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LSSU is Quiet Quitting Their Banished Word List
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Have you ever been to a party and wanted to stand on a table and shout, "Good GOD, you people are annoying! Get out, now!" at the top of your lungs? That's how Lake Superior State University's annual banned words list works. Each year, on December 31st, LSSU publishes its annual List of Banished Words for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. This is their 48th year for the list and my 18th for writing about it. I've been doing this for over one-third of the list's existence. Except this year's list is not a crowded-room shout, it's a mumbled "Meh, get out." Because this year's list onl ..read more
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Genetically-Engineered Babies Can't Fix Marriages
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Rolf: Guten tag, and welcome to Tailored Tots, the world's first genetic baby design firm, based here in Germany in the year 2040. How can I help you? Caden: It's weird that you would say the year out loud like that. Bailey: Shh. Hi, my husband and I want to design our new baby. We heard about you from our friends Lilith and Keres. They got a designer baby from you a couple years ago, and he's just too perfect. They said you're able to choose a baby's characteristics and grow it in an artificial womb. Rolf: Yes, we can do that. Thanks to technology first developed here in Germany in late 20 ..read more
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Frequently Asked Questions About Writing a Book
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As the author of several books, I'm often asked what it takes to write a book. If that's what you want to do yourself, here's a handy guide to help you. I want to write a book. Was that a question? This is called Frequently Asked QUESTIONS, not Frequently Blurted Out Vague Statements. I want to write a book? *sigh* What is, I want to write a book? That's it! I'm changing topics. No, really. That's my question. How do I write a book? Or how do I get started? That's a better question. The first thing is to figure out your writing style. That is, are you a Plotter or a Pantser? A what? Plott ..read more
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Have a Very Merry Dysfunctional Christmas
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Happy holidays from the Baxter-Finnegans! The year has simply flown by, and we have been so blessed by everything that has happened. It's sometimes hard to keep track of it all, but I know everyone enjoys reading about our little family adventures (Hello, Mummy!), so I didn't want to disappoint. First off, let me apologize for last year's family letter. I understand that many of you received it postage due because it weighed nearly four ounces, which I was not expecting. I suppose using the 100-pound cream linen paper might have been part of the reason. But my dear husband, Brody, also said t ..read more
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Another British Woman Marries a Stupid Ghost
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I'm a sucker for a good love story, especially when one of the people in the relationship is a ghost. In most of these relationships, the live person is a woman, although I did write about a guy from New Jersey who suspected his ghost girlfriend was cheating on him at the start of the pandemic lockdown. After expressing his concerns to his invisible girlfriend, the two ended up getting involved in sex parties with other ghosts. Or so he says. His girlfriend has been deathly silent on the matter. In October 2021, I wrote about Brocarde, the British singer who was in a relationship with a 300 ..read more
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Santa Should Adopt The Shopping Cart Theory
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It's Christmas time, and you know what that means. That's right, Santa is watching you and silently judging you. And you won't know whether he's decided you're a good person until Christmas morning when you get a nice gift in your stocking or a lump of coal. It used to be that Santa or one of his colleagues would leave a switch for naughty children, and I don't mean the handheld video game from Nintendo. For you young people, a switch is a thin tree branch used for spanking children, mostly in the 1800s and early 1900s. Old School Santa would leave it behind as a message to the parents: "You ..read more
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My Friend, Karl, Has the Worst Thanksgiving Ever
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Happy second day of Thanksgiving, Karl, I said, sitting down at the bar next to him. "Second day of Thanksgiving?" said Karl. Yeah, like the 12 days of Christmas. "There aren't 12 days of Thanksgiving. Just one really long day." There are in my family. My mom used to make turkey divan casserole out of all the leftovers, and it felt like Thanksgiving lasted forever. And not in a good way. "Why, what was wrong with it?" asked Karl. She put in broccoli. I hate broccoli. And it felt like we ate that for two more weeks. "Still sounds better than my one day of Thanksgiving," grumbled Karl. We ..read more
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