Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Something's Afoot

After three straight posts without any footnotes,1 I presume2 that3 some of you4 may be suffering from acute footnote withdrawal.5 Hopefully,6 this short post will help get you back on your feet7 and8 feeling more like yourself9 in no time.10

1 My previous record was one. And for the record, I don’t mean “straight” as in “heterosexual.” I’m not going to label my blog posts as gay or ungay; that’s for them to decide on their own. I’ll love them no matter what.
2 If I assumed, I’d make an ass out of you and me, and I’m not comfortable doing that since I may not even know you. By presuming, I instead make a <pre> out of  
Sue  and  me, which doesn’t affect you and isn’t nearly as offensive to Sue. (I do love web design humor.)
3 That that is unnecessary. The sentence would have worked fine without it.
4 Specifically, Naomi and Maureen.
5 Possible symptoms include: headache, nausea, cotton mouth, cauliflower ear, corn rows, hay fever, rubber neck, sereve lysdexia, and an uncontrollable urge to stab anyone or anything that does not have notes at its feet.
6 I’ve left this in as an example of bad grammar. “Hopefully” is not synonymous with “I hope.” It is an adverb meaning “in a hopeful manner,” and should only be used as such. Hopefully, thanks to this lesson, you won’t make this mistake again.
7 You are such a klutz. And don’t try suing me for damages, either; I have an attack lawyer, and I know how to use him.
8 That’s right: there’s more!
9 Unless you’d rather feel like someone else. John Malkovich, perhaps? I know just the place.
10 Are you cured yet? It’s been no time already. If you still need a heavy dose of footnotes to nurse you back to full health, go read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. You’ll feel right as rain — or left as snow — in no time. Give or take a few hours.


  1. Thanks, Brother. I feel much better now. I was wondering where that cauliflower ear came from.

  2. lol...fabulous post. Thanks for bringing a grin to my face.

  3. I was wondering why I suddenly had cauliflower in my ears...

  4. Okie--
    glad I could help. I used to make people smile by pushing upward on both of their cheeks, but then I discovered the power words could have when arranged in humorous fashion. Far fewer lawsuits this way.

    And Kyle--
    That's "cauliflower ears," not cauliflower in your ears. I don't think you have acute footnote withdrawal. Sounds more like you fell asleep with your head in the crisper compartment of your refrigerator again.

  5. Congratulations on winning the writing contest at Janet Reid's blog! You crafted a great and creative entry that is filled with marvelous puns.

  6. Thanks, Marjorie! I suspect the creativity was a fluke, but I do have a knack for marvelous (and/or horrible) puns.