#986 When you pull up to a red light and the guy in front of you moves up a bit so you can make a right turn Dec15

#986 When you pull up to a red light and the guy in front of you moves up a bit so you can make a ri...

Don’t you love it when you pull up to a red light in the right lane, and the guy in front of you notices and squeezes out into the intersection a bit, just so you can make your right turn a bit faster? What a great thing that is. Careful though — now it’s your job to give a...

#987 Picking a perfect nacho off someone else’s plate Dec14

#987 Picking a perfect nacho off someone else’s plate

No two nachos are created equally. When somebody offers you a nacho from their appetizer plate at a restaurant or while on the couch at home in front of a movie, you need to move fast: First up, quickly scan their entire plate. What stage is this offer being made? Are you in the game when the...

#988 The Gas Arrow Dec13

#988 The Gas Arrow

Put your hand up if you’ve ever driven your car up to a gas pump only to notice after you’ve parked that your gas cap is on the other side. My brother, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. See, some cars I’ve driven have the ol’ gas hole on the starboard...

#989 Blowing your nose in the shower Dec12

#989 Blowing your nose in the shower

When you wake up with your ol’ nose holes filled to the brim with thick, slow-moving night-phlegm, there’s only one solution. That’s right. Get up, stumble to the shower, and let’s get down to business. First, that hot steam needs to get the job started. Those tiny...

#990 Picking up a q and u at the same time when playing Scrabble Dec11

#990 Picking up a q and u at the same time when playing Scrabble

I’m the world’s worst Scrabble player. Every time it’s my turn I see other players lose interest as they get ready for a long wait. I feel bad, so I stare intensely at my pieces trying desperately to conjure up a word longer than three letters or else suffer their complaints...

#991 Really, really old Tupperware containers Dec10

#991 Really, really old Tupperware containers

Found in dusty kitchen cupboards and dishwasher top-shelves across this wide, great land, really, really old Tupperware is as handy today as it was twenty, thirty, forty years ago. That famous Tupperware “burping seal” still holds strong, and you can bet your boombox that banana...

#992 Being the first table to get called up to the dinner buffet at a wedding Dec09

#992 Being the first table to get called up to the dinner buffet at a wedding

Weddings can go one of two ways. Either you’re tight like twins with the bride or groom — a sibling maybe, college roommate, or grandmother. You’re on The Inside, recommending photographers, hosting showers, renting tuxes, giving toasts. For you, the wedding is a great day, a...

#993 Big fat baseball players Dec08

#993 Big fat baseball players

If you ever find yourself playing professional sports and someone from the stands yells out “Come on, Big Bopper!,” you’re probably a fat baseball player. Fat baseball player, thank you for giving us that simplest thing of all. Hope. See, because usually when we see those...

#994 Waiters and waitresses who bring you free refills without asking Dec07

#994 Waiters and waitresses who bring you free refills without asking

On the whole, we’re pretty nasty to waiters and waitresses. We complain they’re wasting our time if the food takes too long to come, we complain they’re trying to rush us out if the food comes too early. We warn about allergies, make special requests, ask for more bread, and...

#995 Finding money in your old coat pocket Dec06

#995 Finding money in your old coat pocket

An old roommate of mine was sifting through and tossing out some old birthday cards once when a crisply entombed twenty dollar bill slid out of a faded card from Grandma. Her eyebrows perked up, her mouth formed a perfect O, and she raised her hand up top for a high five, which I promptly...

#996 Cracking open a pack of tennis balls and taking a big sniff Dec05

#996 Cracking open a pack of tennis balls and taking a big sniff

Not too many things that aren’t soda sound like soda when they’re opened. But tennis balls do, and that’s part of their beauty. You just snap back that tab, hear that pshhhhh sound, and then catch a whiff of those vacuum sealed, Korean-factory packed, hot rubbery plastic...

#997 Locking people out of the car and then pretending to drive away Dec04

#997 Locking people out of the car and then pretending to drive away

There are so many different levels to this classic gag. There’s Version 1.0 which involves a car full of people, a gas station bathroom break, the locked door, and the slow rolling drive away while the victim knocks on the window and pretends not to care. This version is Locking People...

#998 Getting grass stains when you shouldn’t be getting grass stains Dec03

#998 Getting grass stains when you shouldn’t be getting grass stains

First of all, getting a grass stain means that you were running around at high speeds without proper equipment. Maybe you slid last-minute to avoid a frozen tag or made an awkward, somersault dive at a line-drive wiffleball. Either way, the grass stain symbolizes your large, devil-may-care...

#999 That last, crumby triangle in a bag of potato chips Dec02

#999 That last, crumby triangle in a bag of potato chips

Kick-starting a bag of potato chips is pretty much standard — you open with the double-pincer, squeeze-and-pop technique, start fishing out the prime, full-bodied chips at the top of the heap, and then start working your way down to the half-broken chips in the middle of the bag. A few...

#1000 Broccoflower Dec01

#1000 Broccoflower

About two years ago I noticed something funny as I flipped through a grocery store flyer. On the produce page was an ugly, green-looking cauliflower, with the caption “$2.99! Broccoflower!” It was hilarious. A green cauliflower labelled as a Broccoflower. The bizarre misfit child...

Dec01

Read this first! A 30-second summary of me and this blog!

Hey everyone, My name is Neil Pasricha and here’s me in 30 seconds! My marriage fell apart and best friend took his own life ten years ago and this blog became my therapy I post one awesome thing a day here and this tiny site has now scored over 60,000,000 hits and won...

Sep18

When is a Schooner not a Schooner? Beer glass sizes in Australia

Apr21

#1 Anything you want it to be

Apr20

#2 Stopping to remember how lucky we are to be here right now

Apr19

#3 The farthest corners of your mind

Apr18

#4 Today

Apr15

#5 Collapsing into bed when you’re completely, massively exhausted

Apr14

#6 The last day of school

Apr13

#7 That feeling in your stomach after a really big dump

Apr12

#8 Looking back, smiling, and saying thanks

Apr11

#9 Crossing off the last item on your list

Apr04

whatIlearnt.today – A toast to Wilt’s new domain

Mar31

So it’s “Goodnight” from me – Swedish Made Simple

Mar22

New iPad and iPhone Buying Guide

Mar20

Why is Summer Hotter than Winter