Mental Floss

What's Your Desktop Background Image?

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. I'm lifting this question from one of our Twitter followers, who was responding to another woman's query—what's your computer's desktop background image?

2. Earlier this week, I attended the Webby Awards in New York. No, we weren't nominated, and I certainly wasn't asked to present anything. I was basically a seat-filler—like Cosmo Kramer at the Tonys. The Webbys honor various internet achievements, like the TedTalks and Selleck Waterfall Sandwich. What sets it apart from other award shows—besides the fact many of you haven't heard of it—is that acceptance speeches are limited to five words.

When Al Gore won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, his speech was "Please don't recount this vote." This year, the brains behind Selleck Waterfall Sandwich used his five words to send a message home: "Mom, I'm not on drugs." And Person of the Year Roger Ebert left two words on the table: "Veni, vidi, vici." It's hard not to spend the entire evening thinking about which five words you'd use. So I'll put the question to you guys—what would your five-word speech be if you won a Webby next year?

(If you'd like to pretend you won a different award, and imagine that governing body implemented the same five-word rule, I'm not going to stop you.)

4. With summer vacation season upon us, maybe you can give another reader a suggestion. What vacation spot (or series of spots) do you recommend? Here's the catch—try to pick a place you don't think anyone else will mention.

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]