A Night with the Toothpick Palace Architect

Submitted by Rachel:

Joesph took me out to dinner and I knew something was wrong as soon as we sat down.  He began... building something invisible on the table with his hands, like he was using building blocks, only there weren't any building blocks there.

"What are you doing?" I asked him.

He looked up at me.  "I'm building a toothpick palace."

He continued building throughout our drink order, our food order, and after he rushed through his dinner, went right back to building.

When the check came, he smashed his fist down on the table, making me jump out of my skin and freak out everyone sitting nearby.

He looked up at me and said, "I didn't like how it was coming out, so I smashed it.  Sorry."

I invented a story about having lots of homework to do, and I went straight home.


  1. high school students should not be dating.

  2. I have homework and I'm 21 years old. It's called college. I'm sorry you never had the experience.

  3. I hold a full time job, sorry you never had the experience.

  4. I'm 25, I have a full time job and I attend college when I leave... and I'm not really sorry you never had the experience.
    Saying you have "lots of homework" doesn't imply you're a high school student. And even if you are, why shouldn't you date? If the guy was building an imaginary palace with toothpicks (which I never fully understood if the toothpicks were real or imaginary as well), he's pretty much a nutcase EVEN for a high school boy...

  5. I'm 22, I have a full time job and I attended college and I'm sorry 6:14's full time job is head cashier at Home Depot.

  6. I'm 35, male, full time employee and I'm an alcoholic...

    ..oops. Sorry...wrong forum....thought I was on "a case of the bad hangovers'

  7. 6:50, the toothpicks were imaginary

  8. Lol @ 10:30

  9. Comments on this were 10 times better than the original post.

    Anon 1 & 3 (whether the same person or two different people) would be happy to be Head Cashier, but likely hasn't been granted that kind of responsibility yet.

  10. @ the dumasses posting proudly about college and homework, by the time you reach college age, you should have a level of sophistication to not make up a story to get out of a situation, when faced with a nutcase, you call it as you see it and get the hell out of there, not leaving an opening for them to contact you again!

    I am anon 1 and 3, and I have my degree, and 30 years of OJT.
    Take your ratclaws out of my back and come back in 30 more years when you have some real world experience working on something other than your back and knees.


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