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  2. Mar 2020
    1. As part of our preparedness we have a “whole house” generator, which is the size of a nuclear submarine but more expensive.

      This statement reveals how people have spent much money and time preparing for the hurricane, but the simile undercuts the heavy subject with humor. The author's purpose could be to provide comic relief in a time of fear and panic, a way to distract those in Florida from the hurricane.

    2. All our jerky will be gone before Irma gets here.

      Barry pokes fun at the way people react to disasters, like how they stock up on food so they feel prepared,but then eat it all out of stress.

    1. When I was young, during the Cretaceous period

      Barry addresses his age in a humorous and light-hearted way to detract focus from the growing age of grandparents but instead focus on the experiences they get to have and all they should be thankful for.

    2. That’s the iguana community’s favorite movie. It’s showing 24/7 down at the LizardPlex.

      Barry continues his humorous tone while writing his article about the serious and emotional holiday of Grandparents Day by incorporating silly an obviously untrue pieces of "information."

  3. Feb 2020
    1. we have one quality that every soccer team needs: a willingness to try, against all odds, to erect the team tent.

      Barry presents soccer dads as necessities to any soccer team, but provides a funny and simple example in order to remain light and not get too deep and emotional. This stays in line with Barry's method of discussing meaningful or serious things in a humorous way to keep the audience happy and entertained versus depressed or emotional.

    2. Our other coach is Deano Nunez. We call him “Deano” because that is his name.

      This unnecessary explanation is included to make people laugh since the reason they call the coach "Deano" is obvious. This adds a bit more humor and informality to the piece to keep its lightheartedness.

    3. Sophie has always been a cautious, meticulous person; she hates to do the wrong thing.

      Barry uses his daughter as an example of how some children can be overly cautious and may need help getting out of their comfort zone, but he portrays this idea in a more humorous way to lighten the seriousness of his message. This helps the audience accept what he is saying while not feeling depressed or hopeless about it.

  4. Jan 2020
    1. Humor treads at the frontier of consciousness. When a comic finds a funny joke, they are unearthing a truth that people are only kind of aware of, but the whole room grasps that everybody else is aware of the truth, and laughter ensues.

      Humor as a comprehension

  5. Sep 2019
    1. Now I may easily reach into the stomach of the cat of the ex-wife of my college roommate as though I deserve to have my hands in there!
  6. Apr 2019
    1. “But beyond the pleasure of Dreyer’s prose and authorial tone, I think there is something else at play with the popularity of his book,” he explained. “To put it as simply as possible, the man cares, and we need people who care right now.”

      I believe that the main reason why Benjamin Dreyer's Dreyer's English: an Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style is so well-read, is that he's funny.

      The humor is dry as a paper board, for example:

      The NSA may be reading your emails and texts, but I’m not. If you prefer “Hi John” to “Hi, John,” you go right ahead.

      and:

      For the sake of clarity, we use hyphens to helpfully link up a pair or passel of words preceding and modifying a noun, as in: first-rate movie fifth-floor apartment middle-class morality nasty-looking restaurant all-you-can-eat buffet However, convention (a.k.a. tradition, a.k.a. consensus, a.k.a. it’s simply how it’s done, so don’t argue with it) allows for exceptions in some cases in which a misreading is unlikely, as in, say: real estate agent high school students And though you may, now that you’re staring at these constructions, wonder worryingly about the reality of that estate agent or the sobriety of those school students, I’d urge you to stop staring and move on. (Staring at words is always a bad idea. Stare at the word “the” for more than ten seconds and reality begins to recede.)

      Another thing, Dreyer is both funny and witty. Here's a bonus example of this:

      As a lexicographer friend once confided over sushi, the dictionary takes its cues from use: If writers don’t change things, the dictionary doesn’t change things. If you want your best-seller to be a bestseller, you have to help make that happen. If you want to play videogames rather than video games, go for it. I hope that makes you feel powerful. It should.

  7. Jan 2019
    1. The Chaos, Gerard Nolst Trenité (1922) - a poem that highlights about 800 irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.

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  10. Aug 2017
    1. 4,997 English words rated on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous) by 821 participants.

  11. Jul 2017
  12. May 2017
    1. The FCC is investigating Stephen Colbert for a line he delivered during his monologue, addressing Donald Trump: "The only thing your mouth is good at is being Vladimir Putin's c--k holster."

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaHwlSTqA7s

  13. Apr 2017
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  16. Dec 2016
  17. Oct 2016
  18. Sep 2016
    1. It's 2016. Dad says that he and Ma will leave the country if Hillary is elected. They are big Republicans. What conservative country should they move to?

      Pakistan. This may seem surprising at first, but Pakistan is the clear choice for the disgruntled American conservative when you look at it logically.

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    1. "Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett", a short film by Andrew Filippone Jr. (Funny. But I think Charlie Rose would interrupt himself more often.)

  20. Jul 2016
    1. "Donald and Hobbes", several Calvin and Hobbes strips remixed into a lampoon of Donald Trump.

  21. Jan 2016
  22. Dec 2015
    1. “Speakin’ o’ creeds,” and here old Mrs. Sargent paused in her work, “Elder Ransom from Acreville stopped with us last night, an’ he tells me they recite the Euthanasian Creed every few Sundays in the Episcopal Church.  I didn’t want him to know how ignorant I was, but I looked up the word in the dictionary.  It means easy death, and I can’t see any sense in that, though it’s a terrible long creed, the Elder says, an’ if it’s any longer ’n ourn, I should think anybody might easy die learnin’ it!” “I think the word is Athanasian,” ventured the minister’s wife.
    1. Pronunciations for hexadecimal numbers:<br> 0xB3 "bibbity-three"<br> 0xF5 "fleventy-five"<br> 0xDB "dickety-bee"

      BZARG is the work of Tim Babb, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is Lighting Optimization Lead for Pixar Animation Studios.

      This blog focuses primarily on graphics, physics, programming, and probably some philosophy and fiction

  23. Aug 2015
    1. Um sujeito pergunta sobre o "não matarás" e a necessidade, talvez, de ter matado Hitler. Gugu responde que os mandamentos servem como referência para quando você não tem como avaliar a bondade e a necessidade de um ato ("se você não sabe o que fazer, não matarás"). Gugu lembra também que no mesmo dia do mandamento "não matarás", Moisés mandou matar 10 mil que estavam adorando o bezerro de ouro.

      Vem uma mulher toda séria e talvez até um pouco assustada com aquilo, e ela comenta:

      -- Mas com o advento de Jesus, entra o período da graça, e nós não podemos julgar se é um bem matar ou não. Nós não podemos julgar. Não cabe a nós julgar.

      -- Claro que nós podemos! Não cabe a nós julgar se o sujeito vai pro inferno, vai pro céu, mas é claro que cabe a nós!

      -- Você matá-lo?

      -- Claro que sim!

      -- Eu não posso julgar, não posso condenar ninguém à morte.

      -- Como não? Cadê? Onde que tá isso no Evangelho? Não tá isso lá.

      -- O julgamento pertence a Deus.

      -- O julgamento pertence a Deus! O tiro na cabeça às vezes pertence a nós.

  24. Apr 2015
    1. Yes, there were an absurd number of mistakes in Rolling Stone’s journalistic method, but like most events ostensibly about ethics in journalism, the kernel of the controversy is about politics, not journalism.

      Hahaha, yup. Ethics in journalism, indeed.

  25. Dec 2014
  26. Feb 2014
    1. “To a soundtrack of heavy metal, free-software geekstar Jono Bacon recounts the story of how he learned to gently yet productively manhandle groups of unruly Internet folks gathered around a common topic or cause. His process and methods are set out in his book, The Art of Community , where Jono’s non-ego-driven account of community building will aid all manner of bosses, since almost every subject matter these days has a community with hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, and even (as in the case of World of Warcraft) millions of people clamoring around it. (Even David Hasselhoff!)

      The spectre of the Great Hasselhoff has been invoked!

    1. The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.
  27. Sep 2013
    1. SOCRATES: By Here, Gorgias, I admire the surpassing brevity of your answers.

      Socrates set Gorgias up to answer his question in a short and direct answer.