My area of study is religious humour. Some of the links above are to cartoons which some people may find offensive. For instance, the 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon and the Mohammed Image Archive depict the prophet Mohammed. I intend no offense in linking to these sites.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Funny humour finding...
Have been reading McGee's 1979 "Humor: Its Origin and Development" (Monash Uni Co-op $4 - can't go wrong!) and came across this gem of information:
"females rated cartoons funnier when heard through the left ear, whereas males rated them funnier when heard through the right ear" (p. 218)
In today's uninformed and apathetic atmosphere, it's hard to spot irony, hard to read between the lines - well, perhaps not hard, but noone seems to do it. But think about this: why would the Aunty axe such a high rating favorite? Most comments on the Glass House guest book regard the unexpected axing as a free speech issue. I tend to agree.
Humour is a powerful and often subversive phenomenon. Authority figures of oppressive regimes have often tried to silence it and with it, the voices of the people. But it cannot be done. And with your help, the axing of the Glass House cannot be done either.
Welcome to the humour archive - place that answers all those questions that you've never dared ask.
Have you ever wondered.... Who was that cross-eyed bear Alanis get so worked up about, anyway? What possessed Robert Palmer to go surfing in the sisterphone? Why was Billy Corgon ready to cage? And how does he know today is the greatest day available? Where are the special things in sodomy that Five for Fighting's Superman is looking for? How come Macy Gray wears goggles when you're no there? Don't Aqua know that Barbie isn't a wee-wee doll ("Come on body lets go potty")?
The above misheard lyrics seem somewhat related to the 'secret yet' - "a short phrase or riddle involving a pun, in which the punning word has been replaced by a synonym" - people often forget a joke and tell it badly by stuffing up the punchline; for example:
Make like a banana and leave
(this is two secret yets in one: it is trees that leave, bananas just split).
Secret yets seem to me a bit like malapropisms; but to some, the comparison may seem odorous!
To finish off, I'll leave you with one of my dad's favorists (warning: if you're allergic to the C-bomb, contents may offend):
There's this guy in a bar having a few drinks. Another man walking in and says "Tickle your arse with a feather." The first guy, confused, goes: "What?" Second guy says: "Particularly nasty weather." First guy: "Oh, right." He nods and keeps drinking.
Upon arriving home (by this stage he is a little sloshed), he has the following conversation with his wife: "Shove this feather up your arse!" "What?" "Oh, cunt of a day!"
Humour:the quality that makes something laughable or amusing; that which is intended to induce laughter or amusement; the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.