August 5th, 2015

Hyperbole & A Half: Quarantine Life

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Is "To Whom it May Concern" too formal or not formal enough a greeting for emailing a place where I don't know anyone's name? The email will be related to the services provided by the place and unless I go full Monty Burns and write "Ahoy-hoy" I don't know what else to put. "Dear Sir or Madam" seems way too out of date for email. (Snail mail maybe). What does TQC think?
RBF

Is life too short to read bad books?

You order a book, either buying it outright or waiting a really long time for your number to come up on the library's wait list. At last, the book is in your hands. You begin reading it and it is not as great as you'd anticipated. You read some more and it gets even more meh. You read on and it's actually starting to make you feel bad and you're wondering if you should have saved your time and/or money.

How much of the book do you subsequently read?

All of it
18(20.5%)
At least half
17(19.3%)
A few more pages
22(25.0%)
None
8(9.1%)
I stopped before we even got to this question
17(19.3%)
Other
6(6.8%)

When you finally stop reading this book, assuming you bought it, what do you do with the book?

Keep it for later in case I change my mind
24(17.0%)
Give it to someone I know will like it
26(18.4%)
Give it to someone I know will hate it
2(1.4%)
"Accidentally" leave it in a plane seat back pocket
10(7.1%)
Leave it in a Little Free Library or book exchange
39(27.7%)
Keep it for 100000 years until someone in the family has a garage sale
24(17.0%)
Other
16(11.3%)

If instead this was a library book, when do you return it?

The day I checked it out
2(2.2%)
The next day
18(19.6%)
Whenever I happen to be near the library
62(67.4%)
After I get like six overdue notices and I owe more than the cover price
7(7.6%)
After I spill water/Mountain Dew/something worse on it and I have to pay for damages
0(0.0%)
Other
3(3.3%)


DK/DC: Why do old people wear their pants up around their ribcage?