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As you might have seen before, Fridays are a good day to get a little goofy around here. So while I’m busy working away in my kitchen today, I thought I’d share some funny observations I’ve seen from Pinterest lately.
(As it will become plainly obvious, this post is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or in any way promoted by Pinterest. But just in case they decided I needed a disclaimer on that, there you go.)
Whenever I have an idea for a new project, I often use Pinterest as my better, more efficient image search (where Google might find me exact pictures of whatever phrase I query, such as “adirondack chairs”, Pinterest will skip some of the useless results of beach scenes and give me projects specifically about how to build or paint one). Last week, I was on the hunt for some tricks for getting rid of pokeweed, which has decided to take over my back yard now that the pine trees are no longer smothering them with pine straw. I know, solve one problem, create another, right?
For those of you who were around back when I first ripped out ivy from the yard, you might recall me pulling out giant roots of these plants in awe of how large they were. Luckily, they can usually be pulled out of the ground with a few hard yanks… they just grow back insanely quickly. I tend to work on patches of them whenever Charlie goes outside.
But anyway, the majority of my results were turning up how to cook pokeweed (since Southerners are crazy enough to cook things that have poisonous leaves, poisonous roots, poisonous berries, and absolutely nothing on this plant doesn’t want to kill you if you ingest it) or use the berries from the plant to make a natural dye.
I tried narrowing my search to just how to get rid of pokeweed rather than making it into my next meal, hoping that someone somewhere had figured out how to prevent and remove this pestering plant. While nothing beyond the yank-it-out-of-the-ground method I was already using emerged, I did spy a rather hilarious ad placement:
To the left: how to get rid of pokeweed. To the right: how to get rid of stubborn butt acne.
While it’s obvious that the advertiser may have just selected “how to get rid of” as a search term preference, I prefer to think of this ad as trying to say: Got pokeweed taking over your yard? Could be worse. You could also have butt acne. Or butt acne and no pokeweed… which would still be worse. Now stop bitching about weeding your yard and just get off your lazy—though thankfully, acne-free—ass.
And one more example. From time to time, I also like to check on what’s being pinned from the blog. If you are a blogger and don’t know how to check this for your site, simply type “www.pinterest.com/source/YOURSITEURL” in the address bar, and it will provide the most recent results for what’s been pinned from your site. Seeing my most popular older posts is common, but I am especially happy when I see new stuff getting pinned as well.
And you’d think that when someone pins something from your site, it would be next to impossible for it to get screwed up, right? Wrong.
I honestly have no idea how this happened, but somehow, a user was able to pin an image that has never existed on my site in the screen grab above. In last week’s post from the #oneboardchallenge, I did share several other projects from other DIYers, but just the links to their projects and a single roundup image of everyone… not individual images of each project (if you click on the link in that last sentence, you’ll see what I mean). So, I’m pretty intrigued by this little snafu. The image above is actually Build Basic’s DIY mirror project. And intriguing still is that the post this user pinned is about tiling my kitchen backsplash. There were no links on that post that would have included this image as a resource. I could even understand a thumbnail pic, but this is also a full-blown featured photo size. And from now on, I am going to wonder whenever I see a borrowed image that clearly doesn’t belong to the post; for all I know, a person properly linking to a source could be unintentionally sharing someone else’s images. Crazy.
Pinterest, I do love ya. But maybe you should stop hitting the sauce.