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:

Things that I’ve written elsewhere.

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.

About scheduling:

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.

22 comments on “About
  1. padraic2112 says:

    It’s too bad it doesn’t happen very often, because your Schneier entry is hi-lar-ious.

  2. carrilloclose says:

    I love this blog, thanks for sharing

  3. girl normal says:

    I think I’m in love. You’ll be going up on the old blogroll now. Weee!

  4. Richard says:

    Whoever you are, I love your writing. You’re bookmarked now.

  5. Androgoth says:

    I have just called here via Aquatom’s link to
    your Space, and so I will return later to view
    some of your postings and maybe even add
    a few of my thoughts :)

    Have a wonderful rest of weekend my friend…


  6. Love the “what you’ll find here” section. Looking forward to more

  7. This blog is awesome! Nothing like a serving of sarcastic souffle to get the day going! :)

  8. Hala J. says:

    I bookmarked your blog a long time ago because I thought you were awesome. Now I’m following you. You’re still awesome!

  9. Turber says:

    Hi, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details are here: http://looserornot.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-yes-im-the-chosen-one/ I hope you accept the award in the spirtit that I nominate you. Have fun best wishes! :D

  10. I search bombed you. Check your stats!

    Leanne (aka Ironic Mom)

  11. Angie Z. says:

    This is one of the best, if not the best, About page I’ve read before. Sentence fragments. My writing would be dead without them. In a coffin stinking like expensive cheese type of dead.

  12. Seasweetie says:

    Hi, Laura –
    I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award, because your blog brings a pinch of sunshine into my life! Do with it as you will – details are here: http://seasweetie.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/the-sunshine-award/.
    And know that I’m grateful for you!

  13. […] finally what happened to speakers 1 through 6 – suggested by both Laura of Unlikely Explanations and Jo […]

  14. cndaussin says:

    yay for ballerina dancers and degas

  15. Jennie Saia says:

    That header is the best thing I’ve seen all week. It’s only Wednesday, but still…

  16. How have I not found you before? Also, the Reese’s peanut butter cup tutus are genius.

  17. Jennie Saia says:

    Hello! I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. You can read more here if you’re interested in participating: http://jenniesaia.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/versatile-with-cowbell/

    Thanks for writing and writing well.

  18. Hi! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I totally dig your humor!! You leave me LOL-ing. :D Here are the details if you choose to accept. Thanks for sharing your awesome!


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