#213 Airborne hugs Jun30

#213 Airborne hugs

An airborne hug is any hug where you actually lift the other person off the ground. It’s a serious squeeze that shows the world how much you love them and offers a little back cracking at no extra charge. AWESOME! Check out my interview with the world’s greatest Uber driver. The post...

#214 Eating a taco without anything falling out Jun29

#214 Eating a taco without anything falling out

I always break my taco’s back. Yes, it’s a sad and painful moment which involves me picking up a hard-shell taco and very gently squeezing it together so I can fit it in my mouth. But then just before I can bite, a loud splintery crack fills the air and I notice I’ve just...

#215 Sun and rain at the same time Jun26

#215 Sun and rain at the same time

Mother Nature likes to mess. Honestly, when she gets crazy it’s time to watch out, everybody. Swirling oceans, spinning winds, icy rain drops — you never know what she’s got cooking in the atmosphere. One of her off-the-menu specials is definitely a fresh batch of clear blue...

#216 Putting your ear on someone’s stomach and hearing all the gurgling Jun25

#216 Putting your ear on someone’s stomach and hearing all the gurgling

It’s the sound of life. Listening to the sound of a stomach chowing down on a greasy hot dog is listening to the sound of a body filling up with energy. Ketchup, mustard, pickles — they’re all magically getting transmogrified into molecules of you and molecules of poo. Amen,...

#217 Actually squeezing out the right amount of sunblock Jun24

#217 Actually squeezing out the right amount of sunblock

What’s that on your arm? Wait, let me guess — is it a giant smear of white sunblock gooing up your arm hairs? Brother, I been there too. And I guarantee my arms are more gorilla than you, so whenever I’m thick-blobbing it on the back deck before the barbecue it feels like...

#218 Drinking from the hose Jun23

#218 Drinking from the hose

It’s the buffalo of the backyard. Yes, when you’re a kid you live off that hose. It’s your friend. It’s your enemy. It keeps your entire afternoon moving with ritual cool downs, face-spraying entertainment, and lots of rust-and-plastic flavored water to keep you...

#219 When little kids give you their artwork Jun22

#219 When little kids give you their artwork

It’s better than half the stuff in the gallery. AWESOME! Check out 3 Books! Photo from: here The post #219 When little kids give you their artwork appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#220 Warm sandals that have been sitting in the sun Jun19

#220 Warm sandals that have been sitting in the sun

It’s the warm underwear from the dryer of the summer. Yes, warm sandals are a tender hug for cold feet and a sweet escape from scalding sand. Just slip them on and say AWESOME! Photo from: here The post #220 Warm sandals that have been sitting in the sun appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#221 Using your keychain remote to find your car in a giant parking lot Jun18

#221 Using your keychain remote to find your car in a giant parking lot

First, there is nothing. You mindlessly walk into the Sea of Cars from the mall and start tapping your remote over and over and over again into quiet and silent night. Foggy memories of parking near the pizza smell by the back slowly hit you and you groggily stumble forward like a zombie...

Jun17

#222 When that noise you didn’t know existed in the background suddenly stops

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#223 Discovering what’s growing in the garden at your new place Jun16

#223 Discovering what’s growing in the garden at your new place

My friend Ago got excited. We were hanging out after work the other day and he started going on and on about how the previous owners of his new house had planted perennial flowers. “They just popped outta the ground,” he said, completely astonished, eyes popping wide like a giant...

#224 When you find that spot on the dog that makes its leg go crazy Jun15

#224 When you find that spot on the dog that makes its leg go crazy

It’s like finding a secret button that gives you complete control over your furry friend. Just scratch once for AWESOME! The post #224 When you find that spot on the dog that makes its leg go crazy appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#225 Peeling a hard boiled egg and getting a big chunk of shell all at once Jun12

#225 Peeling a hard boiled egg and getting a big chunk of shell all at once

It’s time for open egg surgery. Sure, maybe you didn’t make it in med school, but now’s your chance to tenderly crack open the egg skull and reveal the soft white brain below. After you successfully remove a giant chunk all at once make sure to delicately leave it on the...

#226 Furiously scratching a mosquito bite even though you know you shouldn’t Jun11

#226 Furiously scratching a mosquito bite even though you know you shouldn’t

That pesky mosquito. Did you know those jabby jerks are responsible for more deaths on earth than any other creature? With millions of people getting malaria every year they’re bringing us all down, down, down. And they look so innocent too! Why, I almost feel sorry for them with their...

#227 When you finally get rid of that thing that’s been rolling around the trunk of your car forever Jun10

#227 When you finally get rid of that thing that’s been rolling around the trunk of your car forever...

It haunts you on every turn. The muted thump of that half-filled water bottle, grass-stained golf ball, or pair of skates clanging against the side of your trunk. And you think it’s annoying, and you think you’ll get rid of it, but when you arrive at your destination it’s...

#228 Watching the holiday episode of your favorite TV show in the wrong month Jun09

#228 Watching the holiday episode of your favorite TV show in the wrong month

Thank you for being a friend. When you’re crashing into the couch in the cold basement and flicking on the TV screen there’s nothing as nice as being surrounded by your favorite pals in familiar places. And while we’ve chatted before about finding gold there’s also...

#229 Flying over mountains Jun08

#229 Flying over mountains

Have you ever ruled a planet? Me, no. But I’ve wanted to! Wouldn’t it be fun? We could all have our own. We’d be like celebrities buying up tiny islands in the middle of the ocean. Only with planets in the middle of the universe. Perhaps if Science actually got off its ass...

#230 When you continue talking through the yawn and your friend actually understands you Jun05

#230 When you continue talking through the yawn and your friend actually understands you

When your groggy groans are met with head nods and smiles it means only one thing. You two are on the same wavelength. AWESOME! — Email message — “For English, our Year 10 class wrote an essay on the topic ‘Write a letter to your parents explaining the important...

#231 Drying off in the sun after swimming Jun04

#231 Drying off in the sun after swimming

Get out and start dripping. Yes, it’s time to swish your bathing suit wedgie over to the beach chair by the water and lie down on the soaking wet plastic for a sun dry. Who cares if your hair is a scraggly mat of chlorine knots? Who cares if your goosebumpy jello-thighs are dripping on...

#232 Throwing any non-ball object Jun03

#232 Throwing any non-ball object

Why walk? Tossing something from a distance saves you an annoying six-second commute around the kitchen counter or picnic table. Since we humans have evolved the ability to suddenly hear someone scream “Heads up!” before turning into a set of keys flying at our face, it’s...

Be kind wherever possible … Jun02

Be kind wherever possible …

What I Learnt On 2nd June in other years2nd June 2011 I don’t care too much for money – the digital...

#233 When babies grab your face with their tiny hands Jun02

#233 When babies grab your face with their tiny hands

There’s something adorable about tiny hands reaching up to grab your face or glasses with their baby strength. Just watch out for the wolverine claws. AWESOME! – I miss speaking live! Since the pandemic started all my speeches have shifted to virtual. Want to bring me in? Let me...

#234 Super late night conversations with your best friend Jun01

#234 Super late night conversations with your best friend

I grew up in the burbs. Streetlights and neon signs scattered red and yellow glows on empty streets and dark houses. Going out late at night with friends meant entering small worlds in bedrooms and basements away from the emptiness of the outside. Whenever those hangouts finished the scene...

Dustyesky – songs of struggle from the tundra of Mullumgrad May29

Dustyesky – songs of struggle from the tundra of Mullumgrad

Need an excuse to join your Mullum comrades at the top pub? Why not start an all male acapella group singing classic Russian folk songs, thought Glenn Wright? Master choir master Andrew Swain agreed. He had a great admiration for traditional songs of struggle sung by the proletariat, and enjoyed knocking back a Vodka. And there were plenty of wild and hairy men in ‘Mullumgrad’ with cloth caps, looking to spend some quality time away from being good new-aged family men. Soon they were joined by 26 others. Dustyesky went from strength to strength, singing at music festivals across the country. Their popularity is enhanced by the...

#235 Your thinking place May29

#235 Your thinking place

Your brain’s a drain. Yup, according to our egghead pals over at Wikipedia, although our brains are only 2% of our body weight they use somewhere in the neighborhood of 25% of our body’s energy. Now that’s a lot, especially when you consider the energy-hogging hearts, lungs,...

#236 When you hit that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading May28

#236 When you hit that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading

It happens out of nowhere. The pace picks up, stories twist together, and suddenly the book is stuck in your hands. Your eyeballs grow wide and the clock keeps ticking as you go deeper and deeper into the dark hole that sends you straight to the last page. You know you’ve hit that point...

#237 A friend calling just to say hi May27

#237 A friend calling just to say hi

Are you a robot? Sometimes I feel like one when I’m texting friends these days. My friendly hellos gets a bit sharp and edgy when they’re digitized in six-point font on tiny screens. Suddenly all the pleasant small talk in front of the conversation is chopped off with a hatchet...

A font for these uncertain times May26

A font for these uncertain times

Right now, every one is telling us that they are here for us during these uncertain times. The agency Third Street thought that if brands are going to use the words, they ought to have a matching font. ‘Times Uncertain’ is a lot like ‘Times New Roman’, but a bit shaker, a tad more random, and the only punctuation available is ? or ! You can download ‘Times Uncertain’ for free from from Third Street What I Learnt On 26th May in other years26th May 2011 CoolTool: The Fisher Space Pen vs the...

#238 Sticking your foot in the door just before it closes May26

#238 Sticking your foot in the door just before it closes

Close call. You almost had to open that door from the fully-closed position. Hands on doorknobs, fingers on sweaty bacteria, we don’t want that. Good thing you wedged your sneaker in there before it shut completely and saved us alllllllll the hassle. AWESOME! — Email message...

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