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I tried to make a Bruno Mars joke by putting 24lbs of carrots in my online grocery order and taking a screenshot but they wouldn't let me put that many carrots in my cart. I assume that's to preserve the spinal health of the order fulfillers.

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I’m seeing Thom Yorke tonight at the Chicago Theatre and also I’ve never heard a solo Thom Yorke song. Where should I start?

People who use @PixelFed—are there *any* iOS apps that support it yet, even in beta?

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What idiot called it "space cowboy" and not Emmylou Garrus?

I dread the day I'll hear about a project I backed on the Your Kickstarter Sucks podcast. The one I'm referring to above is already on the ShittyKickstarters reddit.

What's the German word for the anxiety caused by a yet-to-ship Kickstarter that had poorly-reviewed units sent to press but promises that those kinks have been worked out? derkickenstartendread?

The minimum security prison in The Loop in #Chicago lookin all Blade Runner on a foggy night pixelfed.social/p/chartier/210

One of these days I’m going to watch Empire and Chicago Fire on 5x speed so I can see my neighborhood all gussied up.

Good morning! Today I have this classic Chicago problem: I can’t use my building’s elevator because Chicago Fire is filming in our lobby.

Kalona Organic Classic Eggnog—heavy nutmeg flavor, not too thick. Maybe too much nutmeg??????

Hey folks, I'd love if you could attend HELLCAB at the Raven! It's the Gritty Chicago Theater™ Christmas show you've been looking for, and you'd be supporting me and my awesome, talented friends. Also tickets are PAY WHAT YOU CAN! wearetheagency.org/

As a ten-year-old, I would see stickers and shirts at Hot Topic with an image of a 45 adapter on them and I thought it was a sex thing.

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bigshoulders.city

bigshoulders.city is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future.1 Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.”2

Our goal for bigshoulders.city is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas (like at the mastodon exhibit at the Field!), pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.

For now, membership in bigshoulders.city is subject to approval. if you don’t have an invite or referral, email our admin with a Toot-length intro.3

Membership is also free: hosting, administration, and domain registration are provided by our admin. Right now that runs about $100 a year, not counting labor. You can buy him a coffee if you like.

Boundless credit to our sister instances in Portland and Philadelphia for inspiration.


1. For the purpose of inclusivity, bigshoulders.city includes greater Chicagoland in its definition of "Chicago," though you personally should never do that.
2. From “Docks,” in Chicago Poems, 1916. Rejected URLs included noketchup.dogs, woptheb.am, dibs.team, and malort.report.
3. No more than 500 characters.