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Friday, January 20, 2006
The Funniest Thing I've Read on the Web in a Long Time

TMGAIHAA is the acronym. The site is "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About." If you're at work or on a deadline, or if your doctor has advised you that uncontrollable laughter might be fatal, think twice before going there.

(Or TFTIROTWIALT for short.) The other day, a colleague was kind enough -- at least, I think it was kind -- to send me a link to the funniest thing I've read on the World Wide Web in a long time: Mil Millington's "Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About," or TMGAIHAA, for short. In one extremely long page of blog-like posts, our British hero chronicles . . . well, what the title says. The girlfriend is Margret, "from the German M' Argr et meaning 'to be dangerously insane'," as he puts it.You should know that he and his girlfriend have lived together for about a decade and a half and have two children. (Yes, I frown on that on moral and social grounds, and society at large used to do the same. But, given that much of society does not share my mores, I am willing to overlook the lack of a marriage certificate for the purpose of enjoying what is essentially a hilarious view of a marriage that -- miraculously -- works.)

I waited until Friday to mention this because some of us work for a living, and reading TMGAIHAA is very addictive. The page is funny to the point that, after the first few items, I had to take frequent breaks for productive labor just to keep from laughing myself silly. But do yourself and our economic health a favor, okay? Wait until you have some leisure hours before starting to read it.

Two warnings: TMGAIHAA generally deserves a PG rating, with an occasional dip to PG-13 for adult situations and verbally portrayed lunatic violence. And I disclaim any responsibility for whatever you should be doing instead of reading it, at any given moment of your day -- or for any damage to your own relationships if, after you've been reading it, your brain fails to advise you, "Don't try this at home."

Millington is a writer and an editor by trade, with several books to his credit. In the style of his writing about everyday life, he's a lot like American Fork's own DaltonGirl, except that she's generally rated G and writes with an American accent. He's also a bit like some sort of highbrow Dave Barry, but with bigger words and little bodily function humor. He no longer adds material to the page itself, but I understand there is a mailing list if you want to continue the relationship.

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