Every time I install a new piece of software and click on the dreaded "Agree to the Terms and Conditions / license agreement" I can't avoid thinking "yeah, yeah, I sell my soul to the devil, whatever".
Today one installer had this dialog:
Thanks to good friend Hernán, I came across uncyclopedia today.
Now... I must admit I found myself wasting far more time than I could afford on the dang thing. Some stuff in there is plainly hilarious.
There is something in there for everyone, For instance, an article entitled "Evil Galactic Umpire" states:
The Evil Galactic Umpire exists primarily to destroy the Rebellion of Baseball at the A, AA, AAA, and Majorly Overpaid level. Although singular in name, the Evil Galactic Umpire encompasses a vast network of Umperial Commanders which are collectively referred to as the Evil Galactic Umpire, collectively.
The entry on baseball is even better, but not quotable except for the main definition: "Baseball is just like cricket for people who can't be bothered to spend 5 days playing." I'm sure geek-slash-baseball-aficionados such as Churbuck and Jim will enjoy those.
There is, quite evidently, a very wide british influence on the wiki, which brings its type of assorted and twisted humour get straigh to me. I'm sorry, but Americans have become too politically correct.
Of course you can also learn all about British Humour (with an u) at the uncyclopedia:
One popular British comedy technique: starting off a sentence normally and then ending it with something completely unrelated. For example:
- "You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with... a herring!"
- "We will burden the colonists by levying a tax on... a herring!"
- "How ironic is it that we are aiding the United States in a war in which one of the goals is to bring democracy to Iraq while our country's government is still a monarchy... a herring!"
But possibly the best part of it all are the quotes:
“I said give up your sins, not your brains, can't you read?”
~ God on Christian Fundamentalists
It is a historic process. There are plenty of examples out there. Some are happier than others. For instance we can call the act of patronizing arts a Maecenate, thanks to Gaius Cilinius Maecenas. Much later in time, maverick became a synonym of being independent, thanks to Samuel Maverick's refusal to brand his cattle.
The Marquis de Sade, on the other hand brought upon us the word Sadist, since not only did he enjoy inflicting pain on others for pleasure, but also became famous by writing about it.
Some less used but relevant examples might also be Aristotelian and Euclidean; both depicting lines of thought in philosophy and maths.
Today it is more common for companies to make it into our everyday jargon. We xerox document, we google some term in search for answers.
But what people from the past 50+ years will make it into the dictionary? Only time will tell.
I can picture some that I would use:
- I stevejobsed: sold bling-bling and made a whole lot of fuzz about it.
- I did a Fuld: made myself a millionaire in bonuses while sinking my company / others.
- Dang! a Gates!: Harmless-looking, sibling-eating creature.
- I'm Yanged: I have something potentially great in my hands but can't quite figure out what to do with it.
What other people do you think are worth making it into a dictionary?
I was writing a couple of posts while watching a football. Luckily I decided to review them before hitting the publish button.
What I found was not pretty. Not only were there a ton of typos and spelling mistakes, but I also typed several phrases with all words mixed up. Just for the record, I saved one of those for posterity:
Finally all there's content is I'm not so personally interested in
I gave up, shut off the PC and admitted to myself I'd better post tomorrow.
Ah, dyslexia never abandons us, right?
News say that a lake disappeared in Southern Chile. It happened "Overnight" (at least in geological terms), since the event occurred sometime between March and June.
Speculations say that water might of disappeared through the cracks at the bottom of the lake, although no big earthquakes were reported. Truth is no one knows what happened.
Just another proof that the world is anything but normal, and that everything we take for granted might just vanish.
Not hilarious but funny enough. It quite depicts how help desks (don't) work:
Star Wars help Desk: