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caladbolg1125
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I have had a couple of friends who would say something jokingly, except that the way they said it and the topic itself has made the joke almost imperceptible. Annoying as hell if you ask me. Jokes should clearly be jokes and there are a few examples on this very site where one is joking but it is never clear. No particular example leaps to mind but I'm sure you can find one if you're not the producer of it.

Anyways, I'm just venting a little frustration. Post some jokes that you think have merit. I'll enjoy them, but tomorrow. I'll be logging off after this post.

Ciao, amigos, sayonara and goodbye.(How many languages can you say bye in? [Razz] )

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tonylovern
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aloha.

what do a walrus and tupperware have in common?

they both like tight seals.


now that the obligatory joke is out.

i personally like jokes that are as obscure as possible. subtle sarcasm is my favorite. if you can make a joke to one person in the room, while leaving the other 5 either clueless, or having no idea that a joke was made, i'll laugh my whatever off.

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LoverOfJoy
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I have no problem with inside jokes or subtle stuff. If NO ONE gets it then what's the point, though?

Also, I think people should make sure that people know they are joking if their comment could be misinterpreted as an insult. The exception to this would be a joke on yourself. If a republican makes fun of republicans it's possible a new person might not get that it was sarcastic but I think there's no need for people to keep reiterating "just you know, I'm a republican [democrat, mormon, black, jewish, or whatever].

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quote:
The exception to this would be a joke on yourself.
others have called this putting myself down, i call it a self depracating sense of humor.
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Jordan
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I like Tommy's jokes. "Finally, a solution to the abortion problem!" in response to a thread about killing infants. What makes them funnier is the slightly vindictive hope that someone will actually take him seriously. [Big Grin]

I'm a horrible person.

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I knew an old guy once who had very poor bowel countrol, and I had to be careful not to tell really funny jokes in front of him. He had a self-defacating sense of humor.
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Kent
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Tee-hee!
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Wow, word-play AND sophomoric humor together in one joke!

Better than a Reese's cup! [Big Grin]

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Jordan
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Is there a superlative form of "groan"?
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I hate subtlety. Any joke told in meatspace should be accompanied by a wink, a tongue click, and a finger-point - at least, if a drum isn't available. Jokes online should always be followed by a [Wink] .
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caladbolg1125
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Funny lyrics anyone? An actor friend of mine would sing many at us. This is the only one I remember:

There's a hair on the soap
And its short and its curly
There's a hair on the soap
And I don't think its mine...

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kenmeer livermaile
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Groan fresh-baked for card:

What do you call a really lousy Hawaiian punch line?

Aloha.

[ March 02, 2007, 01:30 PM: Message edited by: kenmeer livermaile ]

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quote:
Is there a superlative form of "groan"?
Sob?

how about...Groanity-groan!

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I've responded to a few posts here on Ornery that were in no way identifiable as jokes, and got clucked at for missing the joke.

So please, no subtlety.

For instance, up till I read Jordan's post about TommySama, I thought Tommy was a heartless sociopath.

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He isn't?
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Kent
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In order for there to be "in-jokes" there have to be outsiders. Welcome to the club.
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quote:
scifibum:
For instance, up till I read Jordan's post about TommySama, I thought Tommy was a heartless sociopath.

This reminds me of being on a forum where a new member accused a well-established, frighteningly intelligent and short-tempered liberal of being a stodgy old conservative because they misinterpreted one of his jokes. People were egging the newbie on to more extreme and outrageous statements about the fellow, until by the point that he actually logged on to reply he was being compared unfavourably with Hitler and Anne Widdecombe.

And bless the newbie's little heart, they even kept on at it after the joke was explicitly, and condescendingly, explained by its maker. It was one of the most beautiful online operas I've ever witnessed, not least because this was possibly one of the boldest (and most tenaciously stupid) new posters in the history of internet forums. I don't think they could have been hurt in the process any more than it would hurt Homer Simpson to be hit in the head with a bowling ball.

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Jordan
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quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:
quote:
Is there a superlative form of "groan"?
Sob?

how about...Groanity-groan!

*sob*
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"I like Tommy's jokes. "Finally, a solution to the abortion problem!" in response to a thread about killing infants. What makes them funnier is the slightly vindictive hope that someone will actually take him seriously."

[Big Grin] . You're making me blush.


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"For instance, up till I read Jordan's post about TommySama, I thought Tommy was a heartless sociopath.
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"He isn't?"
I don't even know myself. Sometimes I'm a heartless sociopath, other times I'm a bleeding heart wimp. You just have to catch me on the right day.


How could I have missed a thread where people are talking about me? I guess between the breaking up with my girlfriend, meeting new girlies [Razz] , drinking beer, and playing Halo Live I must have missed it.

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quote:
this was possibly one of the boldest (and most tenaciously stupid) new posters in the history of internet forums
Jordan, I take offense at that. I may be stupid but I'm not tenaciously stupid! BTW, I didn't know you were around when I was a new poster. You must have been lurking a long time.
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Jordan
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Tommy:
How could I have missed a thread where people are talking about me? I guess between the breaking up with my girlfriend, meeting new girlies [Razz] , drinking beer, and playing Halo Live I must have missed it.

And I can keep track of it all on Facebook. Oh, if only you would all join, then you could stalk Tommy too!

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Jordan, I take offense at that. I may be stupid but I'm not tenaciously stupid! BTW, I didn't know you were around when I was a new poster. You must have been lurking a long time.

You don't think I'd be so stupid as to just start posting without doing my research, do you? It takes me at least… Oh, four years to decide if a board is truly worthy of my presence.
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"And I can keep track of it all on Facebook. Oh, if only you would all join, then you could stalk Tommy too!"

I don't do anything interesting on Facebook. I just tell my friends about how inebriated I am while writing an english paper which I have been taking classes for 4 years to write well.

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Tommy:
I don't do anything interesting on Facebook.

Except for Manfest Destiny. I mean… Manfest! Come on! Hands up who thinks I wouldn't click on that straight away. [Big Grin]

(I was really disappointed to discover that it basically meant Halo and beer…)

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lol. Yeah thats to celebrate my birthday with my nerdy friends. I imagine I'll be drinking most of the beer. The real partying is with my college friends [Big Grin] .

But any day I can spend ruining my friends at Halo is a good day.

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I'm quite sure by posting this that I'm negating any humor the joke originally had, but Tommy - the thing about you being a heartless sociopath was a joke. :-P
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quote:
scifibum:
I'm quite sure by posting this that I'm negating any humor the joke originally had, but Tommy - the thing about you being a heartless sociopath was a joke. :-P

It's fine—learn to play. [Razz]

As we would say in CompSoc.

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