I have been bracing myself for today’s “pranks” for a few days now, so I’m ready. While I am something of a fan of the very very obviously false posts, especially the ones on the part of organizations and companies, this day serves as a wince-inducing reminder to me that taking people at their word is considered bad in the world in which we live. Continue reading “Everything Is Lies Day Is Every Day, Actually”
I often hear the lament that no one is allowed to be funny or make jokes anymore. As one of the many humorless feminists on this blog network out to ruin all of your fun, I totally agree and look forward to a world free of jokes, especially from men.
That was an example of an Insider Joke. The other two types I’ll be discussing are the Unexpected Reference and Wordplay.
I must have hit some sort of critical tipping point, because I can’t seem to go a week without a man getting angry at me for not agreeing with him when he comes into my online spaces and says something contentious. The excuses are usually based on the alleged humor of the remarks (often retroactively applied), the particular man’s sexual preferences, and Freeze Peach.
If “jokes,” “expressions of attraction, and “free speech” mean “they must agree with me at all times” in men’s minds, then I’m very much against all three.
Introducing the Ajar Thread. It’s like an open thread but not 100% open. Get it? Don’t forget to not be boring.
The first time I heard of The Aristocrats joke, it was right after 9-11. Through some source or the other, I found out that the guy who played Iago in Aladdin had told one such joke (NSFW audio) after having told a joke about the aforementioned tragedy. This was back when Too Soon was An Actual Thing rather than an ironic reference.
I laughed at the crudeness of the joke, but I didn’t understand the punchline. At all. I did not get why was it funny or clever. It took reading about it on Wikipedia to understand that the (weak) punchline is that aristocrats are supposed to behave properly (or a subversion of that).
My problem was my promiscuous reading habits. At the ripe old age of 11, I’d read enough about the French Revolution and The British Empire and so on to think that everyone knew aristocrats behaved badly.
What’s a joke that you never “got”? Do you still not get it? What did it take for you to get it? Do you know why you didn’t/still don’t get it?