November 9, 2007


Q1 - Judged by a Supreme Being: If their objective were to judge us, what would the three worst places be for extraterrestrials to land in the U.S. and observe Americans?

Q2 - Changing it Up: After checking into a hotel, have you ever been so disappointed with your accommodations that you asked to be moved to another room? If so, what were the circumstances that led to the request?

Q3 - Wedding Bands: Do you have a system for when you do and do not wear your wedding band/ring? For instance, do you wear yours 24/7/365, remove at night or when participating in strenuous activities, etc.? If you are not married and you wear jewelry on a regular basis, what system do you employ?

Q4 - ???: What's your reaction to this?

Posted by Mikal at November 9, 2007 12:21 AM | TrackBack


1. This one is a little hard because I'll have to 'call out' cities and areas that I haven't spent lots of time. With that being considered-- my three: Beverly Hills, Jena MS and Washington DC.

2. I requested a different hotel room in London once -- the room that I was in didn't have an internal lock. I declined the hotel's offer to lock me in my room and was too tired to move my luggage to another room. European hotels are so definitely different.

3. Don't have a wedding band. Have a necklace with a jade piece that I wear almost 24/7. Only times I take it off are when playin sports (as skins) or when getting x-rayed. :)

4. Not worth the 3 minutes I just spent watching it.

Posted by: Gilbert at November 8, 2007 11:59 PM

1. Las Vegas. Washington, DC. Orlando, FL

2. A hotel is a place for me to sleep, so I generally don't care about the amenities, but I once fled a hotel when I turned on the lights and saw cockroaches scuttle out of sight.

3. Not married here. Any jewelery I wear tends to stay on unless I'm working with power tools. It'd be too embarrassing have a finger ripped off or be garotted by a necklace.

4. If I was contemplating suicide, that's how I'd like to do it, if only to mess with my family and the investigators.

Posted by: mike at November 9, 2007 12:58 AM

That link is disturbing. Where did you find that?

Posted by: Meagen at November 9, 2007 8:44 AM

1. Houston, several miles north of houston (near the strip clubs), several miles south of Houston (near the strip clubs). READ Rick Bass' The Watch.

2. I've slept beneath a truck on the car deck of a coastal Ferry in Norway (among other less than ideal bivvys such as in a snow cave at 19,000 feet during 1 two day blizzard with no coffee!), so truth be told, I have never come across a hotel room with which I could not make do.

3. I have no system. This is why a colleague found my wedding ring on the floor once and returned it directly to my wife. She thought it was funny. I love my wife.

4. Disturbing in an I-want-to-be-funny-like-South-Park-but-without-the-intelligent-satirical-wit-to-pull-it-off-kind-of-way.

Posted by: Ret at November 9, 2007 8:44 AM

1) Boca Raton, FL - Pinedale, WY - Anywhere in New Jersey
2) I have never had the displeasure of having to request a new room in a hotel.
3) I wear my wedding band 24/7/365.
4) WTF?

Posted by: Zirker at November 9, 2007 8:47 AM

Q1- Las Vegas, Wendover, Provo

Q2- I can't say that I have ever been in a bad enough place that I requested to be moved. The again, I haven't traveled enough to have enough chances.

Q3- When I was married, I wore that thing night and day, rain or shine. It was hard to take it off, I felt naked. Now that I am single again, jewelry consists of a shoelace tied around my wrist. For more explination, visit (shameless plug)

Q4- I am not going to admit that I got nervous and looked around for some help. I am going to say that I stayed strong, and took it as an opportunity to ask my own question: What do you plan on doing for lunch?...And my answer: Not sure, maybe have a granola bar and bottle of water, or hit the local Quiznos for a Baja or Carbonara. Any takers?

Posted by: Jake at November 9, 2007 8:49 AM

Q1: Well if extra-terrestrials are judging us we are doomed anyway (I watch the Simpsons and have seen In-depends Day), unless of course Will Smith steps it up a notch. Of the 3 worst places in the US though I would say Vegas, Area 51 (that would really piss them off for sure), and probably downtown Sioux Falls (it's gotta be so damn boring).

Q2: Once in Albuqueque...when we pulled back the sheets it looked like snakeman had been sleeping there during his shedding cycle.

Q3: I usually take it off when I play sports.

Q4: I found it clever and somewhat entertaining, but that's cause its only a cartoon. Kids, don't try it at home.

Posted by: Bryce at November 9, 2007 8:50 AM

1. Honestly, I think anything put on this list would prevent these ET's from getting the whole picture because even a place like Vegas, where many don't behave as they normally do, is also where many of us really let ourselves out. Honestly, if we were going to be judged by some interstellar beings, I'd rather they got the whole picture. So, with that said, if I had to put spin on their observations, I wouldn't let them near DC, Disney-anything, or Hollywood.

2. I once got a room that was labeled as non-smoking, but reeked when I walked in. When the smell stopped my progress into the room I double checked the placard, and found that the barred circle over the cigarette was removable. By the end of my rant with the manager, I had a new room that didn't reek at half price.

3. Ring comes off for sports and a few duties in the ER, but otherwise its always on.

4. Hilarious, even if sick.

Posted by: Greg at November 9, 2007 8:50 AM

Congrats on getting the comments fixed.

q1: Hmmmm...Somewhere full of politicans, Burban Street, downtown Orem (oh wait there isn't one)
q2: have done that
q3: wear it 24/7 except for some sports where I fear it could slip off accidentally or scratched really bad
q4: while it is clever i would be concerned if i knew the person that came up with it.

Posted by: Ryan Roberts at November 9, 2007 8:52 AM


Q1 - Judged by a Supreme Being: Las Vegas. San Francisco. Washington, DC.

Q2 - Changing it Up: Yes. Many times, and mostly it's because I'm in a 'non-smoking' room that curiously smells a lot like smoke. I can't do that, gives me headaches and such.

Q3 - Wedding Bands: I wear it all the time except for at night and when doing outdoor activities.

Q4 - ???: Honestly, I've seen that now 2-3 times, and every time, I laugh so damn hard I can't hardly see straight. It's a pretty heavy topic, but that little animated GIF is hilarious. IMHO, if you don't think it's funny, maybe you're taking the world too seriously. Lighten up! Funny, Funny, Funny!

Posted by: Jeremy at November 9, 2007 8:58 AM

1 - OK, this is the hardest of the 4 q's, imo. How about these: 1) Siberia, because it's so cold and the people there may be bitter about decades of having been banished there; 2) Pakistan, right now, because there is so much civil unrest; and 3) how about Darfur? Or Iraq? Take your pic. It would have to be a scene of violence in Iraq, because I'm sure there are also many instances of human goodness and bravery taking place over there.

2 - Actually, yes...which is odd because I rarely complain or ask for changes in any other consumer circumstance. One was in Cancun, Mexico, where they gave us a room right next to a dumpster. We complained and got a nice room next to a courtyard.

3 - wedding and engagement rings -- I actually wear almost all the time. The only time I've taken them off is when I was getting exczema (sorry, you asked!) so I really had to have them off for a while. Even when I'm getting a manicure and they wax my hands, I leave the rings on and just pick the wax off later. All the other rings I wear I remove at night, tho. (Not that there are so many) ;)

4 - OK...well, at first I wasn't sure what to make of it..but in the end, it really was kinda funny. I think if u took it seriously, it would of course be disturbing/sick, etc. But I don't think it was made to be taken seriously. (er...?)

Posted by: julia wilkinson at November 9, 2007 9:05 AM

Q1 - Judged by a Supreme Being: Dallas, Texas; Algiers, LA (across the river from New Orleans); the west side of Indianapolis.

Q2 - Changing it Up: Yes, the place was filthy. Looked like the maids hadn't gotten to it yet.

Q3 - Wedding Bands: I remove mine only when doing my exercise routine. It tends to cut into my finger when I do pull-ups.

Q4 - ???: Disgusted and amused. I like dark comedy. I pretty much had the same feeling as I did when I watched the movie Parents with Randy Quaid.

Posted by: Joba at November 9, 2007 9:06 AM

1. Hartford, CT; Williamsburg, VA; Bucksnort, TN (this one just makes me laugh).

2. Haven't requested another room.

3. Wear mine pretty much all the time, except when painting (been doing that a lot recently)

4. I kind of want some cheese now.

Posted by: Paul at November 9, 2007 9:07 AM

1 - Green Bay, WI Provo, UT Lexington, KY
2 - Oh yah.....Rosarito, Mexico. Cockroach's in my bed. Not a good night sleep.
3 - I hate jewelry so I never have nor never will wear any.
4 - Call me sick, demented, warped, etc. But that was pretty damn funny.

Posted by: at November 9, 2007 9:16 AM

1 - Green Bay, WI Provo, UT Lexington, KY
2 - Oh yah.....Rosarito, Mexico. Cockroach's in my bed. Not a good night sleep.
3 - I hate jewelry so I never have nor never will wear any.
4 - Call me sick, demented, warped, etc. But that was pretty damn funny.

Posted by: Tyson at November 9, 2007 9:17 AM

1. The Las Vegas Strip, Bourbon Street, South Beach

2. Yes, it's happened to me on several occasions. Usually it has something to do with reserving a queen bed and then getting to the room to see two queens or two doubles. However, I've also asked for different rooms due to broken AC, a really overpowering moldy/musty smell, and missing fridge and microwave that were promised on different occasions. I guess I stay in crappy hotels that don't get it right. Oh well, at least they're cheap.

3. I take off my wedding ring to play sports. Other than that, it's always on.

4. Thought it was hilarious and forwarded it to several people that I know.

Posted by: Clark at November 9, 2007 9:35 AM

Las Vegas, San Fransisco :) and West Virginia

I usually dont care when I stay in a hotel because I get there late and wake up early. As long as there are clean sheets and warm bed I am happy.

I wear my wedding ring all the time except when I am lifting at he gym. My first wedding band was destroyed at the gym, so my wife told me not to wear it there.

I thought it was a little messed up at first, but by the end I was laughing my A** off!

Posted by: Vin Deisel at November 9, 2007 10:00 AM

1. Judged by a Supreme Being: Mmm... Any Masonic temple, the Skull and Bones tomb in New Haven, and any place where large groups of teenagers gather.

2. Changing it Up: I've never asked to change rooms. However, I was on a business trip with the bosses where we were all staying in the same suite at the Mirage in Vegas. They requested a change because the suite faced away from the Strip.

3. Wedding Bands: I initially wore mine always. I started removing it for work or something. I can't remember. Anyway, I got so used to having it off, I stopped wearing it. It's been about 10 years since I wore my wedding ring, and I've tried wearing it again a couple of times, but just couldn't stand it. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another shot, but I've gained too much weight and it won't fit anymore.

4. ???: At first, I was a bit disturbed. But then I saw how it ended and I couldn't stop laughing. My reaction was similar to that of when I first saw the ipecac contest on the Family Guy show, wherein I laughed so hard I thought I was going to die from asphyxiation.

Posted by: Stu at November 9, 2007 11:24 AM

Q1 - Judged by a Supreme Being: The deep south, specifically backwoods folk. Any major state fair, so much glutony and crazy carnies. And finally, Utah in rush hour traffic, quite the horrifying site!

Q2 - Changing it Up: Yes, we were placed in a smoking room and asked to be moved to a different room. They only responded with some air fresheners, so we haven't stayed there since.

Q3 - Wedding Bands: Actually, I have gained a few pounds since the big day and mine is a little too snug. I only wear it to weddings now.

Q4 - ???: A little disturbing that I find commiting suicide the least bit humurous.

Posted by: Steve at November 9, 2007 12:20 PM

Q1 - high school dances, the price is right, las vegas
Q2 - heck ya??!! smoking rooms are a common gripe
Q3 - i am not married, i wear one ring, and i wear it perpetually
Q4 - safety first.

Posted by: aaron, technorati at November 9, 2007 12:41 PM

1. a) The commuter train during rush hour, b) any large out-door music festival that takes place over a weekend, c) standing on line at the post office or any other municipal office.

2. I have requested a room change, but only so I would be on a different floor. I haven't had too many problems with the hotels I've stayed in except for two instances. One: the hotel was old, run-down, and filthy, and the only place we could get a room in town. I didn't even use the top blanket and slept at the edge of the bed. The rug was a disaster and the window didn't open and close properly. I was on the first floor in the middle of summer with no A/C and was concerned about leaving the window open at night. Second: the sheets on the bed had someone else's HAIR on them. I asked for new sheets, but whoever worked there didn't seem to get it and just brought up the top sheet. I wrapped myself in that and covered my head with it. And I didn't bother switching rooms since it was only for one night.

3. I have no wedding rings, but if I did, I would never take them off. I do wear three special rings. Two on my left middle finger and one on my right ring finger. I remove two of them each night before I go to sleep, and keep one on - which rarely ever comes off.

4. That is just sick and wrong.

Posted by: Vera at November 9, 2007 1:08 PM

1. Speed dating, High School Boy's Bathrooms (you can smell them from a mile away), and gym class for the fat kids.

2. Not for a hotel, though i do tend to request different restaurant tables if there are kids or creepy/whorish/bad smelling/gross looking/loud people in my line of sight/hearing. I am a princess: treat me like one.

3. I take my wedding ring off to shower (i don't want an Apollo 13 freak-out) and to workout ('cus i heard that if you lift a weight weirdly your ring might cut your finger off or something.)

4. Hilariously wrong! Lots of points for creativity and graphics! :)

Posted by: Emily at November 9, 2007 2:56 PM

1. It's too late to come up with anything whitty, so I'll ditto my genius husband, Stu.

2. Nope, been pretty happy with the limited number of hotel rooms I've stayed in.

3. I take it off to shower, can't stand my finger being wet under my ring and my hair getting caught in it. Though I do keep it on when I do the dishes or clean, doesn't make sense I guess ;).

4. I thought it was very funny. Love the stick figure guys, especially when he first jumps and he's kind of flying, hehehe.

Posted by: Meadow at November 9, 2007 11:06 PM

Yo Belicove! sorry.. late entry, but for what it's worth:

1. Worst places to judge humans: Early Morning Monday at any DMV, at a Jerry Springer show, and in a war zone, pick your country of choice

2. No, it's been okay so far, don't frequent hotels too often though

3. No system, it's only if I can remember to put it on. My wife seems the same way, so we are both cool with casual wedding band wearing

4. I received this first from Clark : ) and am deeply offended. We have long since stopped talking. JK, I lol'd when I saw it.

Posted by: Aaron Vaughn at November 10, 2007 10:18 PM

1. Las Vegas, Washington DC, and the Appalachian Mountains.

2. Last January, we were in Vegas (I didn't notice any extraterrestrials) staying at Bally's. They gave us a room right next to the elevators, which naturally were running at all hours of the night. We asked to move the next day, and the front desk clerk was surprised that we were even given that room, since they knew about the noise problem. They moved us to a rockin' room and didn't charge for the first night.

3. I employ the 'less is best' philosophy with my rings. I take them off before working out, before showering and before sleeping, and they don't go back on until the next day when I'm ready to leave the house. I'll also take it off when cooking or doing dishes, but I'll put it back on afterward.

4. Um, I laughed. Does that make me callous?

Posted by: Crissi Cupak at November 12, 2007 10:07 AM

Q1: The obvious Las Vegas, New Orleans, and hmmmm...probably Texas. They'd think we were all full of ourselves. (haha, just kidding but not really)

Q2: I've got a funny one. My wife and I went to Hawaii on our Honeymoon. My wife and I checked into our hotel room on our honeymoon night. We were supposed to arrive at the hotel at 2:00 in the afternoon but because of plane delays, car rental problems, etc we didn't get there until 2:00 in the morning. We checked in, went up to our room only to find they gave us a room with two twin beds. By then we were too exhausted to do anything about it so we fell into bed and requested the change in the morning. As compensation they gave us a corner room with glass walls facing the beach and ocean. It was an awesome room.

Q3: I don't have any kind of a system. Sometimes I take it off to sleep. I don't take it if I'll be in a lake or the ocean but I think I wear it almost everywhere else.

Q4: I haven't read any responses because I wanted my opinion to be truthful. Mikal does an excellent job of having a tasteful blog, but in my opinion he dropped the ball on this one. I don't understand why it's here (Granted, that is my little opinion).

Posted by: Heaps at November 12, 2007 1:12 PM

1. JUDGING US: If judging has a negative connotation, I'd suggest central Detroit, northern Jersey, and Vider, TX. If we want to impress, I'd suggest upstate Vermont, San Francisco, and coastal Maryland.

2. HOTEL ROOMS: I've never been so disappointed as to request a room change.

3. RING & JEWELRY SYSTEM: I do not wear jewelry of any type. I am not even sure that I will wear a ring if/when I get married.

4. STYLISH SUICIDE: I thought it was rather funny, but not really cool. My an*lytical (the censor wouldn't allow an-l!) instincts kicked in and I thought, "No one would ever believe you ripped your head off because of the evidence to be found - the wire, the table." Anyway, the coolest method would be something like a vodka-fueled bender complete with raucous dream-worthy orgiastic sex, illicit drugs, and a booming dance track. A little fun is always cool.

Posted by: Lee McD at November 13, 2007 2:07 PM

1. Las Vegas, Superfund sites across the United States, and Katrina ravaged areas of the Gulf Coast.

2. Yes, when my plans to propose to my wife on the slopes of Breckenridge were foiled by blowing snow and negative degree wind chill, we decided to go out to a nice restaurant that night and get a room in Breck. When we checked in, the room was so small that we barely fit in there with the bed and it looked nothing like the brochure. We left risking losing our money, but they eventually refunded our money.

3. This is a touchy subject with my wife because I wear it 24/7/365, even when I am teaching wilderness survival skills so it is all scratched up.

4. That is pretty disturbing and f'd up. I personally don't see the point in drawing attention to this tasteless website. Perhaps it is because a good friend of mine in high school tried to unsuccessfully commit suicide in my house and I know friends and students in my past that have successfully killed themselves.

Posted by: Ford Church at November 15, 2007 10:02 AM

Q1 - Judged by a Supreme Being: Utah valley, Mississippi, and any group event where people are starving for attention.

Q2 - Changing it Up: Do prison cells count for this question? All I have to say is the food was terrible and the blanket looked like someone had used it as a companion. They unfortunately wouldnít move me.

Q3 - Wedding Bands: My wife is so incredibly hot I donít even need to wear it. If woman start talking to me about stuff usually the first thing that comes out of my mouth is, ìhave you ever seen my wife? She is hot.ì I think that kind of deflates the interest a little, also the fact I am incredibly ugly and have major odious personal habits, I donít worry about it a whole lot.

Q4 -???

Posted by: Eljuan at November 16, 2007 1:08 PM

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