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Friday Combo Platter: Also Mental Hospital Edition

Friday_combo_platter Yay! It's Friday! That means that the weekend is here, Where the Wild Things Are is opening today, and it's time for the Combo Platter.

Our best email thread from this week is one that I can't share with you because lives would be ruined. Suffice it to say, nothing is truly sacred with the MamaPop email distro.

So I dug back a few months and found this exchange which occurred after a reader sent us an email with this image attached and little to no explanation as to why she felt it was important for us to see. (By the way, Hannah, if you're reading...sweetie, what is this supposed to mean?)


Sweetney: holy...what the fuck?

Jodifur: what? someone emailed mamapop Dooce's ads?

Palinode: What's the what-the-fuck? The ridiculous American Apparel maternity unitard?

Whit: What are we being shocked at and what's a dooce?

Palinode: I AM OUTRAGED at this bag of ripple chips I bought. They're greasy all get out.

Whit: Facepunch that shit.

Miss Banshee: I am so damn confused, dude.

Sweetney: Dude, my DEFAULT ANSWER is [facepunch]

Jodifur: I still don't understand.


Palinode: All I know is, as a man, I am excluded from being able to wear that unitard, and that makes me angry. I want to bring a child to term to the sounds of Olivia Newton-John.

Whit: Drink some beers.  You'll be rocking it in no time.

Sweetney: [crying laughing]

Jodifur: Did they want you to do that? Did they want you to know that dooce did that?

Sweetney: These are questions for the ages, Jodi.

Palinode: That person clearly wanted you know that things exist in places and that? Is pretty neat.

Dana: I still don't get it but I think it blows donkey bits.

Sweetney: Aidan, if I could bottle you and carry you around in my pocket I would. Though I guess that would make me a kidnapper. With one count of unlawful Lilliputianization and bottle entrapment against me. That would be bad. BUT WORTH IT.

Palinode: I'm highly flattered, but since you've met me in person you must know that the degree of Lilliputinization would be pretty minimal.

kdiddy: Since she sent it to tips maybe she wants to alert us to the fact that this dooce character has ads on her website which bring in $40,000 a  month and that she and her husband both work from home running dooce.com which is interesting because Heather Armstrong was once fired for her blog back in 1975, but working from home is good because they have 1.5 kids and also mental hospital. Could be a potential story. I wonder if any of the mainstream outlets have heard about this woman? (note: this is not a slam on dooce, but on the media coverage of her which often re-covers stuff that every blogger on the planet is aware of. Also I really wanted to include this part because it provided everyone an opportunity to declare their desire to dry hump me and I'm insecure so I was pleased.)

SnarkyAmber: And again I want to make out with Kelly. But admit it - you all do.

Sweetney: DIIIIIBS MUTHAFUCKAAAAA!!!! [facepunch]

SnarkyAmber: So possessive. P.S. Could totally take you. I'm HARD, mothafuckas.

Palinode: Too late for dibs! I already made out with Kelly in Vegas. I was such mad makeouto skills, she didn't even notice. And neither did I.  To be honest, I'm just going from some notes I found in my jacket the week after I got home. Also: MamaPop: We [facepunch] your unicorns so hard they get knocked into reality.

kdiddy: It's true. The accordion player in the lobby of the Venetian got the better of us.

Palinode: Awwwesome.

BHJ: The number of emails is getting too numbery.

Sweetney: so naturally the only sane response to that is to send out an email about it after all discussion has ceased. i see through your curmudgeony exterior, Jon. I SEE INTO YOUR SHIT-STIRRING SOUL.

BHJ: OK truth. I didn't wanna be the quiet mamapopper who never says anything, but I couldn't think of anything funny to say like Kelly, who I just made out with. So I bitched about email IN AN EMAIL, which is so hypocritical. I' m gonna make out with Kelly again.

Palinode: Wut?

kdiddy: Wat 

Sweatpantsmom: I'm confused. Isn't Dooce the comely lass that sang on Britain's Got Talent?  I don't think I've made out with any of you. Yet.

Sweetney: Just you wait until Vegas: The Revenge. Or actually... BLOGHER: THE RECKONING. Bring extra chapstick.

Amalah: My husband took my power adapter by mistake today and my battery life is ticking down rapidly and I have so much to do today and gaaaaah fucking stupid ancient laptop battery and yet I still took the time to read this entire email thread and I'm still so confused and also mental hospital. The end.

Sweetney: "and also mental hospital" is the new 'NEVAH AGAAAAAAIN!" Which makes dooce...Nickelback? Works for me!

kdiddy: You made this blurbodoocery a boxing ring, Tracey.

Amalah: 51degrees outside and golfball sized hail is coming down. The maternity unitards have officially ushered in the apocalypse.

Goon Squad Sarah: Okay, at this point the conversation has gotten away from me. I no longer have any idea what we are talking about. (that is a-boot for those of you from north of the border)


Our comment of the week comes from Katya on An Open Letter to Ralph Lauren: Women Are Not Bratz Dolls:

I loved this article. And I also looked at the link posted by Lois. And I have a question. Why does it seem like the response to unrealistic models is always the curvy goddess. Where does that leave women who are neither? I see little difference in the curvy and extremely boobalicious, yet sleek and perfectly proportioned "plus-sized" ladies and the super-skinny models. Both are examples of things that are unattainable for many normal women. It's heartening to see messages that you don't have to be ultra-thin, but less heartening when the alternative is that you need long hair, banging curves and an amazing rack instead. What's wrong with the middle ground? What's wrong with destroying the standard instead of erecting a new one?

Brava, Katya!

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Have I mentioned that these crack my shit up? Because they do. Consistently.


I totally forgot about this email string, and just had a really, really bad day, and thank you for making me crack up, again.


Tracey wins for using "Lilliputianization."


I look forward to these every week. Thanks for making me laugh on a shitty day.


Wait a minute. How did Amalah's husband take the power adaptor 'by mistake'? This seems fishy to me. "Ah honey, I know you wanted to bathe, but I took the bathtub to work. I know, it was a total mistake. Yeah, I just wanted to wipe down the seat. I was in a hurry".


I wasn't expecting to see *that*! Especialyl at the end of so much funny! But I'm glad somebody agrees. It just seems so clear that the standard produces alienation, not the content of the standard.


I LIVE for Friday Combo Platter. I'm not even joking...I've been waiting ALL week for you.


Not to be Captain Obvious, but maybe the pic is a greeting to mamapop, cuz of the "Yo, Mama!"???

Redneck Mommy

I wanna write for MamaPop just for the conversations you writers have with one another.

Talking to my dogs and my non-verbal child just don't have the same entertainment value as they once did.

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