Monday, September 17, 2007


Ok, I loved this site. Read, and ye shall know why:

In these irrationally exuberant times, it's getting harder and harder for the self-respecting pessimist to stay unhappy. So pervasive is the hope, so overwhelming the positivity, that without the firmest grip on your sullen perspective, you might actually lose it. Then one day, you wake up looking at the bright side, whistling some inane showtune, and generally annoying everyone around you.

Fortunately, we've created a solution. Despair, Inc. is proud to introduce The Pessimist's Mug™ Specifically engineered by the chronically cynical pessimists of Despair Laboratories™, this crystal-clear mug will help all who drink from it to Stay
Grounded™ by forever reminding them to see when the glass is half-empty.
The main theme, the core of this website, was born out of spoofs of those evil motivational posters that were getting the goat of any self-respecting cynic. In their very own words:

MOTIVATION. Psychology tells us that motivation- true, lasting motivation- can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can't be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because, in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound.

AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That's why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators® designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!
(Please note that these de-motivators are trademarked and marketed [cynical chuckle])

The best part is of course the section of "demotivators". This one combines two of the three most essential survival mantras as propounded by me, the prophet. They being; Irreverence, Humor and Cynicism. The acronym that I am making up for this will be CHI And these guys have the H and C of CHI covered. Actually, some aspects are irreverent too, but then, thats debatable and I shall award them only C and H out of CHI.

Some of my favorites from the list of de-motivating posters:

Well, to be perfectly honest some of their videos can be boring and repetitive but then, this definitely is worth a days laughs. If we are not cynical about a site about cynicism will we be doing justice to cynicism? Shouldn't we be cynical about out own ability to be cynical? and so on and so forth.......


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