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The Guy on the Couch is a character appearing in the classic 1990s drug comedy Half Baked, portrayed by Steven Wright. He only appears in a few scenes, and is not that important for the plot, being basically a gag character.

The joke of "The Guy on the Couch" is that he has been sleeping on the couch of the four stoner roommates for several months, with no explanation of his origin or activities, and he only wakes up long enough to say a few words or, in one scene, use the bathroom. At one point, the roommates have an argument, blaming each other for "your friend sleeping on our couch", when they all realize that they had assumed he was a friend of one of the others.

The joke of "The Guy on the Couch", like many of the jokes about stoners in Half Baked is that it exaggerates something that all stoners have experienced, and while taking it to ridiculous extremes, it still seems familiar. The idea of a moocher who is only marginally known to someone hanging out in an…

See, I had this nightmare last night. And it was a real doozy because it was a Sleep Paralysis nightmare. Those aren't the normal ones where you get chased by a monster or something. Oh no. If only it were that easy you could just wake up.

See, in a sleep-paralysis nightmare you're already half-awake. You can sort of see the real world, but you have no idea what's going on, like in a dream...only this nightmare has something most don't.

Because there's someone, or some thing, in…

When I was a boy, my father would take me along to the liquor store to exchange bottled beer.



The checkout counter is flanked by a roller conveyor stacked with the cardboard cases holding the returnable bottles. Crisp new cardboard. Faded fuzzy cardboard. Clear Bottles. Green bottles. Brown bottles. Kingsbury. Blatz. Rhinelander. Budweiser. High Life.

The conveyor slopes gently down into the darkness of a

News for Noders

October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

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June 13: Serjeant's Muse's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 28: Tau Day.

June 29: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2018, coming soon to a website near you!


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