Friday Frivolities: Mom's urges, generation whine, strange door knockers and...Ronnie Pickering!

Five bits of frivolity for a hearty dose of Friday distraction.

Knock knock

Kiwi company Energy Online taps into humanity’s universal distaste for door-to-door sales and does the corporate/viral vid thing just right. “Remove yourself from my veranda!”

Think of mother/have sex

Reproduction rates in Denmark are too low – the country’s birth rate has fallen to just 1.7 kids per woman – so the Danish government is doing something about it. A new ad campaign, called Do it for Mom, urges empty-nest grandmothers to send their childless adult children on vacations to sunnier climes in the hopes of kick-starting the country’s less than stellar baby-making skills.

Things get weird. 

Drowning in irony is too mainstream

Millennials of New York (or MONY) replaces the mawkishness of Humans of New York (or HONY) with the absurd fashions, all-consuming self-involvement and shallow politics of the Y generation.

“Some people said it was tacky to make the priest hold the selfie stick when we kissed, but they can tell that to the 271 likes the picture got on Facebook.”

Q: What are the chances of this going terribly wrong?

A: About one in 365.

Ronnie Pickering? Never heard of him.

When Steve Midz uploaded a video of his road-ragey encounter with unknown 51 year-old Hull hothead Ronnie Pickering (who?), he did it only out of spite, and didn’t think anything more would come of it.

The internet had other ideas however. (Pretty much all links NSFW)

Ronnie is stirred but not shaken

Who is Ronnie Pickering?

Ronnie Pickering is your father

Liam Neeson vs. Ronnie Pickering

“And the Oscar goes to…”

Your friendly neighbourhood Ronnie Pickering

That’s all. Thank god it’s Friday.

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