Its a chopper, baby
Referring to Ben Bernanke's famous helicopter speech.
An indicator that someone was being sarcastic. For those of you wondering, the icon is a snark missile.
Wright Model B
Now back to the yacht race
Refers to Tony Hayward's epic PR fail during the gulf oil crisis.
The first rule of kayaking is to not use it as your signature.
One of our locals wore me down. He also endeared himself by spending considerable free time picking up trash, and running our weekly bank failure poll. Not sure how he fared in the National Sucking at Kayaking Team Trials - you'll have to ask him.
Elvis is in the house!
If you look closely, you'll see The King making an appearance driving a bulldozer. Our own elvis has often suggested the best solution to the housing problem is bulldozing, i.e. to remove housing stock.
The mini pig refers to comments from the previous thread that were posted after the pig arrived, i.e. after a new post was made by our gracious host. This is often used to get closure on a previous discussion, or to reiterate something they found worth sharing.
The current color of the stock market's indicators, i.e. negative.
Its not easy being green
The current color of the stock market's indicators, i.e. positive.
Rumor has it that Nemo has a monkey sitting at a keyboard with an embedded chip in its head, awaiting new posts from CR. This is the only plausible explanation for his notoriously witty firstiness.
Many an evening has been passed here swapping squirrel recipes, as we discuss the End of Days.
Wheres MY pony?
If you aren't daddy's favorite, you won't be getting a pony. In case you've been in a cave for the last three years, the banks are daddy's favorite, and you are not.
Do Not Feed The Troll
Words to live by here. Sadly, many don't heed them.
Vampire Squid from Hell
Scooby rooby roo!
Oh, I Love Trash!
And don't forget your towel! From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
From Here To Babylon, by Pavel Chickikov
Every good salon has its celebrities.
Cats that look like Hitler. Because it's FUNNY, that's why.
He knows his masters voice
All I can hear is crickets. Anyone here?
Do Not Poke The Hornet Nest
Feature, not bug
Whether something is broken is a matter of perspective.
Not plane nor bird nor even frog. Its just little old me...
(Humble and lovable) shoeshine boy, from Underdog
A unit of measure for stock market moves. One Slumdog is 150 DOW points. Genesis of the term was Slumdog predicting the DOW would trade in a 150 point range for two weeks, here. It traded -155 ten minutes later.
Indications of economic recovery.
Indications of economic non recovery.
A Very Expensive, Fragrant, and Colorful Floral Bouquet
The (bad) luck of the Irish.
An issue that doesn't really have any meaningful impact. Fluff.
Does the FDIC Order Anchovies?
Running joke: the best way to peg the FDIC's next bank closure is to watch the pizza parlors.
This was Neil's signature, representing the attitudes of many here feeling resigned to watching the barn burn.
I drink your MILKSHAKE!
Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, bacon and spam
If you see any here, let me know!
Silence is Golden Brown
This refers to the uncanny change in behavior exhibited by polemics after attending White House roast beef dinners.
Yeah, it's one ugly icon.
See Nassim Taleb's remarks about the Fed.
Why is there a watermelon there?
Some questions are better left unanswered.
European Blond Spreads
With reference to CR's European Bond Spreads posts, where several posters played with the title. This is a tub of speisequark, a european, yellowish (aka blond), spread made from cheese curd. My apologies for this one.
Currently Smoking Cannibis
The name comes from a sorely missed commenter by that handle, who had many here seeking new keyboards (see :keyboard:).
In Vino Veritas
The Red Pill
From the infamous Red Pill/Blue Pill scene from The Matrix.
The Blue Pill
See The Red Pill. Alternatively, the "Little Blue Pill". Might be some connection there...
The Purple Pill
AKA Prilosec. For heartburn.
Lets take a coffee break
Usually used as a morning greeting, for obvious reasons. Why three kinds? This bunch is opinionated about their coffee...
Burnt Swill - er - Starbucks Coffee
Sound it out?
Swill - er- Dunkin Donuts Coffee
Real French Sparkly
The Dude Abides
No, that's not a glass of milk, it's a white russian. Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
Really. It's true. Just ask this guy.
Yeah, but how old am I?
Ticking time bomb
The HCN rally cry. Well, after HCN itself of course.
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
Just Pullin' Yer Leg
Made someone laugh so hard they spilled on their keyboard.
No one 17 and under admitted
Blame it on the snow
Sales figures are down. Must be the snow.
I'm resigned to losing my privacy. Just install a chip in my head.
Economics is hard
Signs point to yes.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is paying for this all?
Get used to it.
Shakes Tiny Fist of Fury
Useful when frustrated by another commenter beating one to a point, joke, etc.
That elusive pot of gold
More Irish sympathy.
American Apocalypse, by Nova
Every good salon has its celebrities.
Tales From the Coast
Tales From the Coast, by Jim Blackview, aka Bob Dobbs.
Curses! Oiled again!
Im shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
C'mon, you haven't seen Casablanca?!?
In Godwin We Trust
Watch those Hitler references...
I know nussing! NUSSING!
Hogan's Heros? Sergeant Schultz?
How do you deal toughly with your banker?
To Infinity, and Beyond!
To the moon, Alice!
That would be Jackie Gleason, from The Honeymooners.
Youre only as good as your last envelope
The Great American Sociopath, Tony Soprano. And sorry, yes, it was Silvio who delivered that (great) line. Watchoogoonado?
THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!
From Star Trek, TNG. As ResistanceIsFeudal eloquently put it: It's an excellent and many-sided metaphor for, among other things, the post-9/11 world and especially our probable near future. Any idiot can see that there are only four lights. The captors know this too. It's a psychological contest of wills determined to break the prisoner (and Picard is the almost too archetypal Hero of character, intelligence and discipline brought via torture, imposed austerity and operant conditioning to the brink of insanity in this episode) and it nearly succeeds. It's a deep metaphor - taking away a person's ability to use logic and reason to determine reality for themselves by continual propaganda to convince them that black is white, or that there is an invisible or a watching their every move.
No Soup For YOU!
Lets break for coffee
See here: Calculated Risk
Do I look like Mrs. Obama to you?
See here: SNL
Luuuuuu-Ceeeeee, you got some splainin to do!
Can't find the right clip, but she was a national treasure. Here's a take from one well known episode. I Love Lucy
1) Denial 2) Anger 3) Bargaining 4) Depression 5) Acceptance
This is Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross, well known for her work on the 5 stages of grief. Which stage are we at now?
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great
Its a TARP!
Admiral Ackbar, from Return of the Jedi. And yes, some fish are people too.
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Ill gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today...
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
Locutus of Borg.
Get off my lawn!
If you squint, you'll see Clint
For your listening pleasure: D'oh!
In glod we trust
Hi Ho Silver, Away!
A rather inconvenient form of currency.
Blame it on the Oil
Sales figures are down. Must be the oil spill.
Cash, and no, I dont need a receipt
Useful code phrase for Our Times.
Wiv a Little Bit of Luck
Laughing out loud
Black Star Ranch
The name of the ranch belonging to one of our regulars. See where bribery will get you? :-)
Pitchforks and Torches
My Head Just Exploded
A rimshot. I wanted to do an Ed McMahon belly guffaw, but couldn't come up with a worthy icon.
You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell!
From Planet of the Apes. I find myself thinking this often these days.
Im Lovin It!
Adj. 1) rampant - Extending unchecked: rampant corruption
:ramp: Adj. 1) rampant - Extending unchecked: rampant corruption This one was part of jumptheshark, but it made for a huge icon, and the circling shark has other uses...
From the early days of the CR commentariat, with nods to Mad Max. Our nation's capitol seems a quite appropriate venue these days.
Quick, fetch a pail!
For those who are just here to see the barn burn. Or maybe to suggest we need a really, really, really big pail.
Needs More Cowbell
From the SNL skit with Blue Oyster Cult, Will Ferrell, and Christopher Walken.
If you've never heard this investment phrase, try here.
For those of you who never attended a Foghat concert: before cellphones, people expressed appreciation of a musical act by sparking their bic lighter. Why they had lighters in their possession at the time is no one's business but their own.
This Really Sucks!
Fixed It For Ya
There is no spoon
Another Matrix reference suggesting your experienced reality is an illusion created by others.
A Tool for Elizabeth Warren
There are larger castration tools, but for her needs, this should suffice.
Klaatu barada nikto - command not found
A klaxon horn.
Its different this time
You do realize they're listening in on your brain waves, don't you? Tin foil is a simple, cheap solution.
Steel Toed Bunny Slipper
Doris Dungey, aka Tanta, was CR's coblogger until shortly before she passed away. She did not suffer fools or miscreants well, and she had a fearsome, rapier wit. It was rumored she wore bunny slippers with steel toes, and would use them on those exhibiting childish behavior in the comments. She is dearly, dearly missed.
Rose Colored Glasses
Tap Your Heels Together Three Times
There's no place like home.
Got Your DOW 10K Hat?
Rule #3: Seatbelts
This is a five point Safety Restraint System. Highly recommended when buying extremely volatile short ETFs like SRS. Rule #3 is from the movie Zombieland.
They only call it a class war when we fight back
We wants it, we NEEDS it. Must have The Precious!
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.