Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re back from lunch but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back Tuesday at 1 p.m. for another installment.
GraphJam advertises itself as “life and pop culture graphed for your inner geek.” It’s devoted to making whimsical pie charts and Venn diagrams about almost anything: “What happens when you press the ‘Close’ button on an elevator’ — the entire pie chart gives, of course, one answer: “Nothing.” Or “Reasons I Don’t Have a Girlfriend” — which has several small wedges like “I’m shy” and “I’m average-looking” but most of it is taken up with “I AM A LEVEL 80 WARLOCK.”
But occasionally, GraphJam pops up with an amazing display of information like this one by Juan Pablo Bravo. You can enlarge-ify it to find characters and shows you remember from your misspent childhood (as David Sedaris once confessed, he even used to watch the boring programming that came on after the Saturday morning cartoons in the faint hope that maybe a cartoon character might pop through a door). Or you can find surreal creations you’ve never heard of, like The Great Grape Ape Show.
And it comes in English and Spanish. In Spanish, Fred Flintstone is “Pedro Picapiedras,” the Smurfs are “Los Pitufos” and Hong Kong Phooey is “Hong Kong Phooey.”