I didn’t get groped!

My luck is turning, perhaps thanks to my Lucky Ducks. I breezed through TSA Pre-Check today in about 2 minutes, wearing my shoes and fleece—and nobody touched my buttocks. (Granted, I went through the metal detector rather than the See-You-Naked Machine.)

To celebrate, I had a Dunkin Donut (guess which flavor?) and a large coffee. I noticed that my cup bore a strange resemblance to a mustachioed man. Do you think this is deliberate?  After all, wouldn’t you be happy if you were dispensing coffee to tired travelers?


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Maybe after years of screwing up, TSA is becoming reasonable. Besides, most of the bombs go with check in.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    If your donut looked like this, there’s trouble at Dunkin Donut.

  3. glen1davidson
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Kissing that face for a coffee doesn’t make it more appetizing.

    I’d still do it for coffee, though.

    Glen Davidson

  4. ladyatheist
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Did you have a frosted donut that looks like Jesus?

  5. Craw
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Betting the odds: chocolate.

  6. Linda K
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Jerry, you are such a human! A lucky one, at that!

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    That Dunkin Donut Seda “pucker” style lid is famous among those who notice design in their environment. The anthropomorphic symmetry is deliberate & is meant to make us feel a little happier: seeing a smile, makes one smile & smiling [even by accident] lifts ones mood. Fact > 🙂

    I never ever eat/drink while walking so I’ve not seen a lid close up before. I assume the ‘eyes’ in the design can be pushed in to indicate if one has ‘decaf’ or ‘other’ in that particular cup. A pleasing composition.

    Here’s a groovy short vid from NYU Gallatin professor Louise Harpman- a collector of lids:

    • Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Wow! That is fascinating – & she is great at communicating her enthusiasm! I could listen to her all day… very pleasant voice

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted April 13, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

        I agree – most engaging

    • Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Oooh! She has a book!!!


  8. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    The “I’m Hot” Lid:

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Easter Island, here we come!

  9. Posted April 13, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    I didn’t know Hitler had that cute little heart for a nose.

    • glen1davidson
      Posted April 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Kind of took the edge off of the rants, you know.

      Glen Davidson

  10. Keith
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    The Hitleresque mustache on that lid kind of resembles the one on the actor in the Dunkin Donuts commercials.
    “Time to make the donuts.”

  11. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    This is a coffee cup I took a picture of on a train from Ottawa to Toronto a couple years ago:

    Coffee Cup

  12. Posted April 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Ah, the law of Prägnanz:
    “People will perceive and interpret ambiguous or complex images as the simplest form(s) possible.”

    This is a fundamental principle of gestalt. When confronted with complex shapes, we tend to reorganize them into simpler components or into a simpler whole. You’re more likely to see a face instead of the individual parts that happen to resemble a face (it doesn’t take much, just an arc and 2 dots to Have a Nice Day). I suspect that we are wired to do this (babies that didn’t recognize human faces as quickly were more likely to die, so it’s of survival value).

    This is also why people are constantly promoting fantasies of creatures on Mars creating mountains that are human faces. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_(region_of_Mars) )There are many features of the Martian desert and some happen to look a little like a face, but that’s us seeing a face, not some Martian’s structure.

  13. Posted April 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    TSA on stealing my tomatoes: TOMATO STEALING ARSEHOLES!! 😂

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      Now that’s something that takes muscle control.

  14. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I like very small airports, where the formalities tend to be – less formal.
    We recently stayed a few days in Atiu (in the Cook islands) then caught the once-weekly flight to Aitutaki. We were the only two people on the plane and nobody asked to see our tickets (doubtless they were expecting us).

    However the shed (err, terminal building) did have the necessary security measures:

    The fourth sign from the left reads:

    Nice to see they’re security-minded. 🙂


    • Posted April 16, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Oh no! I will have to relinquish my bazooka before travelling there? Whatever will I do?! 😉

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