Re: Not very brilliantly hilarious for lots of reasons

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(A lot of this is cut off for me.)

Why should the guilt be limited to people pranking about pregnancy?

I think Lore Sjöberg had a good take on AFD:

You may have noticed, if you've been hanging around for a while and have put at least three points into perception skills, that this space does not engage in April Fool's shenanigans. Frankly, I've never felt comfortable being a goof on Officially Designated Goof Occasions. It's pretty much the same reason I didn't put a silly message on my answering machine back when that was all the rage. Remember that? You couldn't call a freakin' notary public without having to listen to a five minute rendition of highlights from Les Miserables with clever lyrics on the subject of leaving a message and not being home.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:31 AM
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Yeah, I think I fixed it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:31 AM
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Moral: If you're going to joke about being pregnant, add that the father could be any one of about five different guys.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:33 AM
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Yes, thanks.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:35 AM
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My first thought reading that is that the picture is of a dead baby. Which would just make the whole thing that much more eeeewww.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:37 AM
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3: A basketball team, or a fast food burger joint?


Posted by: Light Rail Tycoon | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:37 AM
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Guess what guys: I'm pregnant.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:38 AM
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Before you do an April Fool's day prank like this, take a second to think about all the people who can't climb stairs, or who don't have stairs, or who have never even seen stairs. Still hilarious?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:40 AM
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6: I was thinking NKOTB.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:42 AM
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You could have a baby who was big twenty years ago.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:55 AM
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1. I laughed, OL.
2. Heebie's pregnancy prank was the best pregnancy prank.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 6:56 AM
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Wait. Less than twenty years ago. I was thinking of the Kids in the Hall for some reason.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:00 AM
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The first time I skimmed that thing I only took in the IVF part. But no, they totally go to the dead-baby place. "You can never joke about pregnancy, because somewhere out there, someone's baby just DIED!"*

*(Also, THE HOLOCAUST.)


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:03 AM
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That poster is an April Fool's joke too, right?

Ha, ha! Made you feel guilty!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:03 AM
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Is LizardBreath and the Myrmidons the band the young folks listen to these days?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:18 AM
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Oops. Meant to link to this post.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:18 AM
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The link in 16 contains some epic trolling. It's a little shitty (as he acknowledges) but epic nonetheless. I am disappointed that Debt is so riddled with error as I got a lot out of it, but Graeber is a bit of a douche.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:47 AM
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Boy, could I use some myrmidions today. Getting this motion through the last couple of iterations of being edited and then doing all the additional stuff to file it is going to kill me -- I can still hardly stand up without staggering.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:48 AM
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I keep looking at the picture in this post and cracking up.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:53 AM
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Graeber has certainly demonstrated douche-itude many times since the book came out, but DeLong has also looked terrible in that exchange. His tendency to freak out with maximum force against those to his left is unappealing, and is also frankly something that a Democratic centrist economist of the 1980s-1990s should have WAY more humility about.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:55 AM
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You mean robot DeLong. Actual DeLong remained safely above the fray.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 7:56 AM
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20: Cosign.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:03 AM
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Why should it be limited to jokes about babies, or to April Fool's Day? Do you think some poor woman who has lost her baby is going to feel better about some other joke, some other time? In case you couldn't figure it out, asshole, the answer is NO. How brilliantly hilarious is your so-called "humor" now?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:13 AM
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I can still hardly stand up without staggering.

If it's a manual filing you really ought to have a paralegal help you out with all those stacks, unless your office manager would be happy with a slip and fall.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:16 AM
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E-filing, praise the unified court system. Our admin is older and not in the best of health generally, and I'd feel like a complete shit interacting with her in my current state.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:18 AM
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My sympathies. I'd offer advice but I think you know the routine better than I ever did. Fluids, my only suggestion.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:23 AM
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Here you go LB, find some of this.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:29 AM
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Heh. Heh. Heh.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:39 AM
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We are the Myrmidons.
We are the Myrmidons.
We are, we are, we are the Myrmidons!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:40 AM
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Someone should make one of those obnxious images, but with Richard Dawkins' face and the text "This is Richard Dawkins, pronounced "fool"" and go on from there.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:48 AM
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27: Oh, I'm very much looking forward to getting home to my excitingly narcotic cough syrup. I may still be sick as a dog, but coughing has not been keeping me awake.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:48 AM
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I read a Harpers thingy on Ron Paul's followers this morning on the subway. Nothing revelatory but Jesus those are some fucking weirdos.
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Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:09 AM
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About the only April Fool's item that I remember fondly was one pulled off brilliantly in the DFH College Review. The article claimed (with accompanying photograph) that Patty Hearst (in her Tania role) had hid out on campus as a cafeteria worker for several months. Since in fact she was apparently aided in hiding by DFH's former "radical" athletic director Jack Scott, it had the right ring of plausibility and they kept it understated. At a reunion there this past year I was somewhat gratified/appalled to have someone bring it up as a real thing during a discussion of the Jack Scott-era in DFH athletics. I just let it slide ...because I'm a feminist.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:27 AM
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Someone I know just posted this sanctimonious facebook update:

April Fool's Day is a day of fun and jokes for many of us. Please be aware, however, that for many people with ADHD, Asperger's, and other learning differences, this is NOT a fun day. The practical jokes and tricks can feel like a waking nightmare for those who are very literal.

Imagine your dreams when you can't tell what's real, and the feeling of panic that can ensue; now transfer those feelings to a middle school setting. Can you feel your tension rising just thinking about it?

That's how my son's day started. Taking his ADHD meds and telling me how much he hates April Fool's Day.

I watched him steel himself to the challenge of the school day ahead, and head bravely out to the bus stop. A frequent target of bullying, my son has learned *some* coping skills. I hope they serve him well today. ADDitude Dr. Hallowell


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:28 AM
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Oops, should have italicized all of that, as I didn't know it would stop after a paragraph. April fool?


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:30 AM
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POW/MIAs never have a nice April Fool's Day.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:31 AM
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Before you celebrate Rural Fools' Day, remember the millions, or maybe less than a million nowadays, who do have an R.F.D. mailing address and do not appreciate the condescension nor the confusion to which it leads.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:40 AM
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I applaud CN's subtle correction of my apostrophe misplacement in 36.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 9:51 AM
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I finally read Debt, since I do whatever Halford says, but I skipped chapter 12, since it would have driven me insane with its wrongness. I liked the earlier chapters, and nothing in them seemed obviously incompatible with what I know about the world, but since my knowledge of the past consists of "I read a book about it once," I'd like someone to evaluate the earlier chapters for accuracy.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 12:23 PM
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I need a Pagani Huarya right now. RIGHT NOW. Sell your kids if need be.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 12:27 PM
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Huayra. Motherfucking Quechua spelling.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 12:28 PM
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I can't get you something that's not real. I can't get you a ninja, either.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 1:21 PM
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What good are you then? Jesus Christ what does it take to get a proper minion in this joint.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 1:55 PM
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I'm good for reading books, motherfucker.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 2:08 PM
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The most bewildering moralizing thing that showed up on my Facebook today was someone posting that all their fellow liberal friends should remove the Human Rights Campaign equal signs from their profile because HRC advocates only on behalf of white people and is actually a white supremacist organization. Wuh? It didn't seem to be intended as an April Fool's joke.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04- 1-13 8:10 PM
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Wow, 45 takes the standard complaints of trans-related problems and an excessive focus on the problems of wealthier and whiter gays to a whole new level!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 04- 2-13 3:25 AM
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My first thought reading that is that the picture is of a dead baby. Which would just make the whole thing that much more eeeewww.

The quantity [Number of pictures of dead babies that have appeared in my Facebook feed, posted there by their parents] is not zero, but I really wish it was.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 2-13 5:22 AM
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