WEIRD STUFF AROUND MY OFFICE, EXPLAINED
These are things that a visitor to my office might be curious about that need a little explanation. I challenge others to do so for their own offices. I'd expect the following people to have accumulated some random/neat things over the years: @danharris, @jennikonner, @lenadunham, @mindy, @Ders808, @jaketapper, @bl, and most of all @bravoandy.
- •Osama Bin Laden Dollar BillI bet our President of Content that an animated video about Osama Bin Laden having survived under the sea and battling Navy "seals" would not do well. I was right.
- •Will Smith Parade Magazine CoverThis 2004 Parade Magazine cover might be my favorite thing I own. Peter Koechley told me about its existence when he was running The Onion and I had to go online and see it for myself. I loved it so much I bought the issue on eBay. There's a lot to love about this, the most obvious being the juxtaposition of the statement "I struggle with doubt" and the most confident look a person can give a camera. I soon realized that people visiting my office probably thought I was just a big fan. Oh well.
- •Newsweek Daily Beast MugWhen news broke that Newsweek was going under and being split off from The Daily Beast, I went downstairs to their offices a floor below us and grabbed this soon-to-be-expired mug.
- •Perpetual Japanese Head BobberI bought this on a 2008 trip to Japan in a random souvenir store. It's solar powered and the head moves from side to side. I expected it to last a few weeks. Seven years later, it hasn't stopped once.
- •In-N-Out Prank FlyerOn April Fools 2010 I convinced the city of New York that In-N-Out was opening a restaurant here. I had big "Coming Soon" vinyl signs made and put in front of construction sites, hired uniformed improv actors to pass out flyers, etc. By 9am PT In-N-Out corporate had to issue a statement saying this was not true. But not before it got picked up on blogs, TV, social etc. The city was fooled for about 4 hours. I still consider it one of my greatest accomplishments.
- •"How To Seem" BookI came up with this book idea after Penguin asked for a follow-up to our first CollegeHumor book. It sold okay, not great. A good lesson in "have more than just a title that amuses you." That said, @bjnovak and I keep a running list of book ideas that are exactly that, called "Instant Bestsellers." I'd make a list out of it here, but you can't just give away gold like that...
- •Fake Friends PhotoGot this in a secret Santa a couple years ago. Apparently somebody knew I liked Nathan For You and Charlie Rose, added some Photoshop magic, and suddenly the three of us are bro-ing out.