Weekend Open Thread: Had this been an actual emergency edition…

Happy Friday Folks! I hope y’all are safe.

I had actually turned my phone off, but I apparently didn’t wait long enough before turning it back on because it went nuts a couple of minutes later. It wasn’t that I thought it was some conspiracy to install malware in our phones, I just felt non-compliant. My meaningless gesture was moot.

I bet you thought that after I shared the Britney Dances With Knives post earlier this week, you would be able to move on and you could promptly occupy that particular brain cell with more pressing matters.

As the great Coach Corso says, “Not so fast my friend”.  While it is not completely viral, it is building as a slow burn.

Though OJ seems to be a recurring theme.

Garbage Pail Kids were like gold when I was in Middle School. I don’t know if Ms. Spears had even been a Mouseketeer by that point.


As is pretty much evergreen at this point, our political class is beyond parody. There are too many great political memes this week, that I selected one from each side, as pretty much everyone in Washington at this point is deserving of scorn…

The clown above claims that despite having been a middle school principal, he was unclear how a fire alarm works. Don’t piss on my feet and tell me it is raining. You work for us.

The situation in the House is equally nuts. I don’t see the endgame. I understand how some folks don’t like McCarthy, but this seems like stepping on rakes. Sun Tzu said it best…

I actually made the Underpants Gnomes meme myself, though I was not the first person to make the comparison. (NSFW btw…)

Not much I can do to top that, so I am going to get to this weekend’s knife shows.Whelp, there are no knife shows this weekend. THe Great Smoky Mountains Hammer In was supposed to take place, but it has been cancelled.

CANCELED – ABS Great Smoky Mountain Hammer-In

Of course, next weekend is  the (little) Big One – Blade Show West

Blade Show West

A little more convenient for folks East of the Mississippi…

Allegheny Mountain Knife Collectors Association Annual Knife Show

Anyone going to Blade West? I know a bunch of exhibitors/knifemakers going, but I will be staying home in Knoxville.


Travis Kelce/Taylor Swift memes were the theme last week, but there were enough new ones I could have done it again. Or should we say Traylor? Not as terrible as this…

Kill it with fire.



I don’t watch much NFL, but you would have to pretty obtuse to have missed out on the buzz.

It is all about branding these days.

She isn’t wrong.

Finally, wrapping up the current event memes, these harken back to WOTs from the Days of Yore, otherwise known as last month.

Best time of year.

Insulin shock is something my body needs anyway.

It isn’t nice to talk about Marines that way, even if they lost their airplane…

And that brings us to this week’s drawing. We actually have two winners this week, since Hocky passed on winning a CRKT. So Cmeat and Stuart B. get the next 2 picks respectively. Let us know which ones you want. The blurred out Montosa, Minimalist, and Hootenany are already off the board.

The last two knives will be given away over the next two weeks. Then we will be moving on to Rosecraft, and I am excited to share more about this company, founded by Andy Armstrong (formerly of SMKW), and headquartered down the road from us in Maryville, TN. I am working on an article for a future print issue – “Rosecraft Blades. Little Company, Big Growth, Bigger Dreams” is the working title at the moment. Plus they have Swaggs, who is as sweet in person as she seems in her videos.

Usual rules apply. Up to 5 comments and replies are your entries, and new commenters get double credit on their comments. If you are new, your comments will be held in moderation until I can approve them the first time around.

Speaking of Sandwiches…

It’s not them, it’s her.

The Goodest.

I’d much rather listen to our weekly musical selection. This week, it is the Gorillaz, who frankly will probably confuse the heck out some of y’all.

From Wikipedia:

Gorillaz are an English virtual band formed in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, from London. The band primarily consists of four fictional members: 2-D (vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums). Their universe is presented in media such as music videos, interviews, comic strips and short cartoons. Gorillaz’ music has featured collaborations with a wide range of featured artists, with Albarn as the only permanent musical contributor.

In plain English, the band is a side-collaboration of some established musicians, who take on character avatars and perform virtually (or live offscreen). I haven’t seen them in person, but have been a fan since grad school.

Moving on, Girod sent me this one…

To which I responded…

Hello…Mr. George.

This sound byte has become a viral sensation, being layered on top of all sorts of “construction fail” videos and compilations of photos like those above.

Speaking of Girod,..

“That’s What She Said” jokes were a big thing out at camp.

I found Latin terrifying.

Nana’s soup. Hands down.

Baseball fans will get it.

Better than an F35.

I remember those.

A little KNIFE Magazine office humor in honor of this past week’s Press Day:

I’m guilty as well.

Pretty much.

Dad Power!

Me too.

I know it is autogenerated, but still funny.

Asking the important questions. What say you?

I missed Talk Like a Pirate Day again.

My son weighs 96#. He is going to attempt this.

You will not unsee that. Or this…

He should have won an Oscar.

I just found this funny…



I love when companies and organizations’ social media person has a sense of humor.

He got off lightly. Corporal punishment followed by expulsion would be my verdict.

Brace yourselves…

Kathie Lee was always worse when I worked retail.

Wrapping things up after my weekly workout…

Don’t judge me, this is you…

It’s alright. Its the weekend. Have a good one all.