Redbox Mishap

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“Teacher, my dog ate my Redbox movie”

The dog has apparently decided that plastic tastes good to him. Fortunately, Redbox was super cool with the whole deal and gave us a couple codes to punch into the kiosk: one to get the movie again (since it was trashed as well), and one for an extra plastic sleeve to return the disc.

Granted, they probably pay for their movies on a per-license basis and replacing a disc is a minimal cost to them, but it was still nice to see a company that values its customers.

It’s been a While

It’s hard to believe, but today was the first time I’ve posted a comic in close to a year! Between getting married, buying a house, and work, I’ve been neglecting my faithful readership (of 3).  I’m still working on some new ideas for comics, so stick with me, and hopefully it’ll be less than a year until the next one!

The Origins of 10 Nicknames

I’m probably the only crazy person that is bothered by some of the nicknames that people are given that don’t seem to make any sense, but the good folks over at Mental Floss have enlightened me. I can now die a happy man. Almost, I’m still waiting for that Baja Bug.

4. Why is Jack from John?

The name Jack dates back to about 1,200 and was originally used as a generic name for peasants. Over time, Jack worked his way into words such as lumberjack and steeplejack. Even jackass, the commonly used term for a donkey, retains its generic essence in the word Jack. Of course, John was once used as a generic name for English commoners and peasants, (John Doe) which could be why Jack came became his nickname. But the more likely explanation is that Normans added -kin when they wanted to make a diminutive. And Jen was their way of saying John. So little John became Jenkin and time turned that into Jakin, which ultimately became Jack

Source: Mental Floss Blog: The Origins of 10 Nicknames