Would you trade a house for "personal dinosaur services"?


32 Responses to “Would you trade a house for "personal dinosaur services"?”

  1. hassenpfeffer says:

    How does this person (or anyone else) know what “realistic dinosaur sounds” are? Did an archaeologist find a trove of wax cylinders from the Jurassic?

  2. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    Truly, there is nothing that cannot be pedanted. 

  3. What makes you say that this is a parody?

  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    I have 2 different thoughts on this…

    1 – Its sad we have closed to many mental health facilities.

    2 – Randall Monroe is looking for a new house?!

  5. DewiMorgan says:

    Yeah, why is this classed as humour?
    Seems legit. And if it’s not, you lose nothing.
    And if it is, just hold a dino hunt on the last week!

  6. dculberson says:

    Why on earth would this good fellow suspect he might receive offers that aren’t serious?

  7. Paleontologist. Archaeologists don’t dig up dinosaurs. At all. Ever. They just don’t do it. Also, some dinosaur sounds have been able to be replicated by analyzing their air passages and either actually blowing air through them (or casts), and/or comparing them to modern animals’ that are shaped the same. But, please, archaeologists really don’t like being compared to paleontologists or vice versa….Not joking.

    • Blunderbutt says:

      But archaeologists are the ones in charge of digging up the dinosaur’s wax cylinders, right? The paleontologist has to be very careful when he’s removing stegosaurus bones not to disturb the various primitive potbelly stoves and weaving looms by which the saurus made his simple living, or the archaeologist will be CRANKY.

  8. Gulliver says:

    Makes me wish I was a real estate mogul…I wonder if a raptor costume would fit on my neighbor’s cat…where did I put that tuna?

  9. LOL. But, No; On the serious note, that is not what archaeologists do. They only deal with human/hominid history/prehistory – exclusively. No dinos. Not trying to be a d*c%, just trying to quell the confusion when I come across it.

  10. JBarnes01 says:

    I believed this was legit, up until, “fluent in dinosaur”, then my crap detector started to go off.  But then it settled down because I remembered, I’m fluent in dinosaur too!  My kids and I watched Barney all the time, and we never had any communication barriers. 

    Is this perhaps how Donald Trump became such a real estate mogul?

  11. Wait….Okay, first people ARE humans (That one especially has be confused, as the other is at least a common error). I’m confused on that. Second, again, birds ARE dinosaurs. We just use “bird” as a common name for the modern animal. But, each fits (perfectly) the definition of the other. Maybe I’m just misinterpreting what you’re saying?

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Well, all birds are dinosaurs, but not all dinosaurs are birds — birds are the only surviving lineage of the Maniraptora, but there were other dinosaur lineages besides the maniraptors.

      And yes, people are humans — that was just an analogy to stress that “descended from” and “are members of” aren’t exclusive categories.

  12. Jens Alfke says:

    Yes, there were weird/bizarre/humorous classified ads back in the stone ages. The Berkeley Barb’s classifieds from the ’70s were [in]famous. Even in my day, I remember that the classifieds in the mid-’80s LA Reader contained a lot of crazy rants and surreal jokes and even very slow conversations between pseudonymous characters.

  13. Ah, yes. You are correct. It does not go both ways, as it seems I may have implied.

  14. irksome says:

    “No criminal record or outstanding warrants” yet!

  15. irksome says:

    But to answer the question, yes I would. Just not MY house.

  16. Wishing I had a spare house in Vancouver, I totally want this, imagining my kids at show and tell….

  17. Bruce says:

    This was posted by some friends of mine. Was hanging out with them on the weekend just after they’d finished an interview with the Village Voice about it. They’re rather shocked at how widely it’s spread and how much interest it’s fostered.

  18. Jacob Lambert says:

    This is a good candidate for best-of-craigslist.  It’s an all too rarely updated and usually funny list of CL postings not unlike this one.  http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/all/.  In answer to the question posed, I don’t think this type of humor depends on a free public billboard made possible by the internet, but I do think we get a lot more of it due to that. 

  19. Chris Gsell says:

    cats are OK – purrr
    dogs are OK – wooof
    triceratops are OK – rooooarr
    Location: Vancouver
    it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

  20. PJG says:

    Considering how hard it is to get into the Vancouver housing market, this is totally believable. 

  21. pjcamp says:

    Classifieds used to be a gold mine of high weirdness for low cost. In my home town, there was a restaurant owner who got bitten by the Ayn Rand bug, stopped paying income tax, and posted random diatribes in classified format until the IRS sent him to prison.

    But my favorite of all time was about a decade long series by one Dasara V. Nagamani, who posted monthly at the end of the classified section in Physics Today. He would give a brief, impenetrable, vaguely quantum rant and then demand money. Here’s one I managed to dig up:

    “Produce vedic thinking model; it has to contain the physics producing as
    well as the physics understood. The jotting gathering is
    grammaticality; moo-transfer structures are produced. The U.S. physicists, fund me!”

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