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    I just found this Joke in funny stuff posted by baccyman,
    i thought this would appeal to those in the drawing room.

    The reason why jokes are funny is because they are so embarresingly close to the truth, and painfully so.

    I once saw a documentary about "why people laugh", it came down to that people only laugh when it embarres's someone else.(works best in groups)
    sad but true, hence we have all the racist, stigmatic humor-aka blone, handicapped,fart,lawyers,politiciansetc etc.

    a joke permits us to insult?

    On a visit to asia, i noticed if you fall in public, make a mistake etc the people watching will laugh outloud
    this is not the same way in europe.
    but i found asias method more "relaxing", but weird (since im not used to it)(but atleast its more honest)?

    Here is the above mentioned "joke"


    How Government Works

    Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, "someone may steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

    Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

    Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.

    Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?" So they created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people.

    Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?" So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

    Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost."

    So they laid off
    the night watchman.
    Last edited by zedaxax; 01-31-2005 at 04:37 PM.

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    truth indeed.

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    I cant see many civil servants laughing at that. They would say it is the only possible solution because the night watchman was not producing anything.
    The best way to keep a secret:- Tell everyone not to tell anyone.

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    I am assuming that the nightwatchman was a smoker. It's obvious.

    Comedy is also how we deal with fear.

    But given what you have said, why is this funny:

    "I came home from work yesterday to discover that all of my furniture had been stolen and replaced with an exact replica.

    I woke my roommate and told him what had happened.

    He said, "Do I know you?"


    Maybe this should not make me laugh, but it does.
    Last edited by hobbes; 01-31-2005 at 05:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes

    "I came home from work yesterday to discover that all of my furniture had been stolen and replaced with an exact replica.

    I woke my roommate and told him what had happened.

    He said, "Do I know you?"
    Brilliant example - existential, who am i etc..
    but yet again it is humoristic for the "viewer"
    not for the one actually experiencing the horror
    in "after thought" is all failure is funny?
    lets hope so
    (lets not get political here)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    "I came home from work yesterday to discover that all of my furniture had been stolen and replaced with an exact replica.

    I woke my roommate and told him what had happened.

    He said, "Do I know you?"
    Comedian Steven Wright


    (slightly altered)

    Silly bitch, your weapons cannot harm me. Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Bitchhhh!

    Flies Like An Arrow, Flies Like An Apple
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busyman
    Comedian Steven Wright


    (slightly altered)

    Is he the guy that bought the decaffeinated coffee table and couldn't tell the difference ?

    itís an election with no Democrats, in one of the whitest states in the union, where rich candidates pay $35 for your votes. Or, as Republicans call it, their vision for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busyman
    Comedian Steven Wright


    (slightly altered)


    That is right, Steven Wright.
    I'll give you a quarter of a point for almost an effort or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    That is right, Steven Wright.
    I'll give you a quarter of a point for almost an effort or something.
    Actually if I was correct, I get a whole point and even.

    Come to think of it, you can keep it. I don't need it.
    Silly bitch, your weapons cannot harm me. Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Bitchhhh!

    Flies Like An Arrow, Flies Like An Apple
    ---12323---4552-----
    2133--STRENGTH--8310
    344---5--5301---3232

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    What about a tough rapper saying,

    "Yo, yo man, I be there in a second, I'm just trying to get my herbal tea on".

    Sometimes humor is just juxtaposition.

    Tough guy, gentle herbal remedy.

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