2022: HOLD MY TEA! 🍵

This thread is about holding tea.


LOL, I totally forgot :joy: thanks for reminding me!

So… uhm, sry, not sry :sweat_smile:

:white_circle: :white_circle:

I’m not intentionally being non-conformist, it’s just that I can’t help it—and don’t care much.


It gets worse … apparently at some point they were ordered to fall down and pretend to be cats/tigers playing with their paws:

What on earth did I just watch? :face_vomiting:

I served 16 months and didn’t get one day off due to sickness, so all my sick leave went to waste, but I swear that I’d call sick for that day. Who thought that this was a good idea? :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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Here’s a tedious economist. Regardless of the topic, he’s soothing to listen to.

The headline gets cut off in the preview. It continues as “…when he works from home he gets distracted by cheese”


So eat the cheese Boris. Eat the cheese, and when you’re done return to work. Or don’t - it’s up to you how to best manage your own energy, momentum and productivity. We don’t need you to “clock in at 0900” and “clock out at 1700”, what we need are results. If you’re delivering those results on a monthly basis, I’m completely ambivalent as to how much cheese you eat, or the schedule you decide eat it on.

I am super grateful that for all my working life I’ve had pretty flexible work schedules. I didn’t go looking for it, and don’t deserve it any more than the next person.

Gary Larson, The Far Side:

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Two new members recruited: Putin receives €50 Amazon voucher from NATO

For each mediated member there is an Amazon voucher worth 25 euros. NATO’s referral program is having an effect. Thanks to Vladimir Putin, Finland and Sweden will soon be two new countries in the military alliance.

BRUSSELS / MOSCOW – “Wow, cool, thanks! I can really use that now that I’ve destroyed our economy lol,” Vladimir Putin explains while looking at the voucher. The war in Ukraine fully paid off for him. “Alexa, how much does a new long table cost?” What, 100 euros?” He stares thoughtfully at a map of the world.

“I still have to recruit two more members, hey Shoigu, look it up on Google Maps for the fastest route to Estonia, but via Moldova. And how many tanks did the Ukrainian peasants actually leave us?”

“50 euros, that is the equivalent of 50000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000” “What should I buy in the meantime?” he asks his last remaining advisor, who is sitting at the other end of the table and whose answer is delayed since he is three time zones away. Before the advisor answers, the Kremlin despot is already adding item to item to the shopping cart.

"Maybe a self-stirring coffee cup? Because oe24 writes I might have Parkinson’s and what if I can grab my spoon so well? Or look there! A BBQ apron with a fun six pack print. That would be great for the next propaganda video!” laughs Putin.

But then the shock. “3.99 shipping costs? Mr. Bezos shouldn’t play, otherwise I’ll march into space with him in no time at all," he gets annoyed and removes the organic CBD oil from the virtual shopping cart. After entering the “NATO-REFERRAL-2022” coupon, the Russian dictator sits back contentedly and rubs his hands. “I keep saying it, we’re winning the economic war!”

Convinced by the offer
In any case, the recruited members are also satisfied. “Following our initial skepticism, Mr. Putin made a lasting impression on us about the advantages of a defense alliance,” explains Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, referring to the image of a completely destroyed Mariupol.

Finland and Sweden save themselves the activation fee for their membership as part of the recommendation. The NATO letter of protection is also free for one year. Also included is the popular Nato voucher booklet, which offers great discounts. “Wow, when you buy three F-35 jets, you get a fourth one for free! And look, even free admission to the Schönbrunn Zoo and 50% off a ticket to the Roncalli circus, wow!” laughs Marin and clicks on “Add to shopping cart”.

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Yes, I know it’s in Greek.

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where do I even begin

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Well, technically I think the Japanese town is responsible for the loss of money, not the gambler.

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They are responsible for their mistake, no one said they aren’t.

Tbh my first thought was “two weeks to blow that amount in gambling? Too long”.

Still, if money fell on my lap by clearly a mistake, I would seek to return it.

But maybe that’s why I’m not going anywhere in life :woman_shrugging:t2:

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I wonder if you could (or they did) set up a scheme like that. “Accidentally” send money to some homeless guy who would “gamble it away” while in reality transfer it to whoever set up the scheme.

It’s just a quick thought but these schemes certainly exist in real life. It’s not at all uncommon for companies to be registered onto some alcoholic half-homeless guy so when courts and police get involved officially criminals have nothing to do with the company and good luck seizing anything from a person who doesn’t own anything.

Is this common in your countries?


Not that I know of, here paper companies are usually set in unknown relatives’ names.

Gambling 287000 pounds sounds odd, since that is the kind of money you expect to WIN from a lottary, not lose it …
now I enjoy a good bet myself and I’d bet good money that the dude knew exactly where that money came from and that eventually the mistake would have been found out and the town would want its money back. Ergo, he knew that this kind of money couldn’t stay in his bank account and he had to funnel them somewhere else and the “gambling” is an excuse/smokescreen to never return the money.

It would have been funny if he “gambled” it on LUNA, eh? :stuck_out_tongue:

(that’s an article about UK, I don’t know what the rules in Japan are.)

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I’m not sure, but it doesn’t sound odd at all to me, it’s exactly what gamblers tend to do.

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Yes and no, if you pardon the expression. :slight_smile:
Let’s say if you are Charles Barkley who is so known and open about his excessive gambling that he even made fun of himself on SNL (video below), then yeah, 287000 pounds might be just “a night out” or even a couple of hours worth of gambling, because he is so rich. His gambling “goal” is to get millions and in the process he is naturally losing hundreds of thousands.

A normal person gambling, let’s say 10-20 euros per week is dreaming to hit the jackpot to GAIN a few hundreds of thousands and in the process lose an acceptable amount of money each time (in their case, dozens of euros). It is very unlikely that someone that is a poor person just happened to land the jackpot via bank accident and also happened to be a massive gambling addict that went and burned all that money away so fast.

It is more likely that he exchanged all that money that he knew he’d have had to give back, for some winning lottery tickets that soon some of his family members (who are not liable to return any money) will “happen to win” in the coming weeks :wink:

If we were to bet on which of the two scenarios is more likely, I’d put good money on the second one, that’s all I am saying.

The SNL video on Barkley’s gambling. I love that dude.