What you’ll find here:
Many attempts at humor and sentence fragments. The attempts at sentence fragments are usually successful.
What you won’t find here:
Useful information (but you might find pointers to some in An Open Letter to Anyone Who Was Directed Here by a Search Engine).
Anything about my family, friends, or job, because I like my family, friends, and job and would like to keep them.
Posts about my cats. In theory. In practice, cats seem to find their way into some of my posts here. They even found their way into that one thing of mine that got posted on McSweeney’s.
You’d never guess this from reading my posts, but I actually value quality more than keeping a schedule. I seem to range from posting a couple times a week to posting a couple times a month.
About the name:
I originally called this blog “Laura’s Bad Ideas”, because I didn’t want to set the bar too high. Eventually, I thought I noticed a theme emerging, and decided that “Unlikely Explanations” was more descriptive. I’m still @laurasbadideas on Twitter, though, partly because “unlikelyexplanations” is too long to be a valid Twitter user name.
About the Reese’s Ballerinas
The header image and various icons around the site are variations on a picture I made for the post Better Living Through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s based on this painting by Edgar Degas, and it’s the first thing I ever did in Photoshop that I thought looked reasonably good.