Category Archives: Tomfoolery

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This

Here’s a fine online edition of Philogelos, the world’s oldest joke book.

Comic Relief

I’m working late tonight, as I often do on Tuesdays. To ease my toil, I generally listen to classical music on Pandora; one of today’s highlights was the pyrotechnic allegro ma non troppo from the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, by Camille Saint-Saëns, as played by the incomparable, and […]

Cast Out The Beam

Here’s a mighty funny item from The Daily Show.

Warning: Memetic Hazard!

I habitually prowl odd corners of the Internet, but plenary coverage takes time. There are still, I am reminded almost daily, large and undiscovered countries. I charted a new one today (although I had glimpsed its coastline from afar on several occasions). It began with a Tweet from the account calling itself “Outsideness”: https://twitter.com/Outsideness/status/412591534668656640 This […]

Cease And Desist, You Say?

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Padawan Wars

Here. It’s all fun and games, until someone loses a leg.

Comic Relief

Rickles at Reagan’s second inaugural. Here.

Comic Relief

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama did a little standup comedy at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner tonight. Have a look. I’ve seen the President cracking wise before, but never Mr. Romney. I have to say, he was downright Carsonesque.

You’ve Got Mail!

OK, enough grim reality. Let’s all lighten up and take a break. Here, for example.

The Future Must Not Belong To Those Who Slander The Prophet

Here’s an item from Iowahawk, posted way back in 2006, that’s as relevant today as the day it was written. Update: As is this.

N 165

Boy, everybody‘s on Twitter these days.

You’ve Been Warned

This little physics game is highly addictive.

So Much For The War On Drugs

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Victory Deals Blow to Unions

Too Much Information

Here’s a hilarious newspaper clipping, sent to Lawrence Auster by a reader: Read the caption carefully.

He’s No Fun, He Fell Right Over

Sad news: Peter Bergman, founding member of the Firesign Theater, has died at 72. His New York times obituary is here. For those of us of a certain age and sensibility, Firesign needs no introduction. For the rest of you, there’s YouTube.

Diversion

To distract us from worldly worries and woes: two brainteasers from Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings. Two puzzles: NOT SO HARD and YES VERY HARD. NOT SO HARD. Can you think of a food that becomes a synonym for “later” when it’s spelled backwards? YES VERY HARD. I just wrote down a lower-case, seven-letter word–something you […]

FLOTUS: Fed Up

Here’s a dispatch from our senior White House correspondent, Milton Polchek: WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 – Michelle Obama, the first black woman to serve as First Lady, took to the airwaves recently to express her irritation at being characterized as an “angry black woman”. Mrs. Obama could not be reached for comment, but a close friend […]

The Doomsday Machine

More Shatner! This time a cautionary tale, and a timely one, too. Can you believe this guy’s 80 years old?

Genesis

Researchers at UC Berkeley have persuaded the Universe to disclose another of its secrets: the origin of Jewish humor. Story here. What’s that you say, boychik? You lack familiarity with the subject matter? Well relax, you’re mishpocheh, so for you, no charge. Look below the fold for a few free samples.

Wake Up And Smell It

My friend Danny Fisher over at Wish I Didn’t Know directs us to a montage of harsh moments from vintage coffee commercials.

Road Trip

Here’s a video of a drive from Seattle to Maine, with a frame taken every 90 seconds.

NASSA

With a hat tip to a commenter at Mangan’s, here’s a story that needs to be told: America’s forgotten Negro astronauts.

One From The Gipper

Here’s a pungent partisan punchline, from a president who could actually tell a joke.

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My friend and colleague, the extravagantly gifted software engineer, globe-trotting bon vivant, and intrepid adventurer Yaniv Sarig, has sent me a outrageously funny item that will, I’m afraid, only evoke incapacitating hilarity in those of you who know a thing or two about programming. But it’s too good not to share, so here it is. […]

Ready, Aim, Sing

Here I am working late again — so for this evening, just a link. It’s a good one, though: a collection of vintage Tom Lehrer videos. Here.

Snap!

From James Taranto, on l’affaire Strauss-Kahn: What’s the difference between an orthodox Marxist and a French Socialist? The French guy thinks the state should seize the means of reproduction.

Extra Dark

Well, I realize that I’m probably the only person outside of Pyongyang who didn’t already know about this website, but my son just introduced me to the Perry Bible Fellowship. My first click of the ‘Random’ link brought me to this, and I was stuck for the next hour or so.

Pretty Good Joke

From Stephen Fry, by way of David Duff: A girl goes into a bar and asks for an example of double entendre, so the barman gives her one.

Comic Relief

Allan Sherman, Dean Martin, and Vic Damone. A previous age of the world.

First As Farce

President Obama published a children’s book today, called Of Thee I Sing. In the book, which takes the form of a “tender, beautiful letter to his daughters”, he praises various figures from American history. We note in passing that among the “great Americans” profiled is Sitting Bull, who is best known for having led a […]

Send In The Clowns

Tonight a cold front has moved through the Northeast, and suddenly it feels like fall outside, which is always just fine with me. If there’s one thing I detest (and longtime readers will know that’s something of a lowball estimate), it’s a hot September. But right now there’s a cool, crisp breeze coming through the […]

Raw Comedy

In the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, there’s an article (linked to in today’s Best of the Web) about what Peter, Paul, and Mary used to eat on the road. It contained this fishy little morsel from from Noel (Paul) Stookey (emphasis mine): “Until the ’80s, there was usually the (standard) deli tray backstage,” said Stookey, calling […]

Discipline

Mark Twain, as posthumously quoted in the Montreal Gazette, April 25th, 1935: When a host asked Mark Twain if he would like a drink before breakfast, the humorist replied: “Thanks, I do not care for a drink for three reasons. In the first place, I never drink before breakfast. In the second place, I am […]

Could Be Worse

As depressingly as our once-virile American culture may be fettered and enfeebled by political correctness these days, over in Britain things are far, far worse. Below the fold we have an illustrative comparison, courtesy of a Mr. D. Duff, from across the pond.

Calvinism

The other day our comrade in bloggery Horace Jeffery Hodges offered a post with a link to some old Calvin and Hobbes strips. I’ve always been a big C&H fan, and among my favorites among Bill Watterson’s many recurring themes were the strips in which Calvin’s dad would teach the restless wee lad about science. […]

Rimshot, Please

After eleven hours of heavy lifting at the office, I’m afraid the little grey cells have now called it a day, and a meaty post is simply not in the cards. But readers will know by now that having nothing of any interest whatsoever to say rarely keeps me from posting — and tonight is […]

Maybe We’ll Win After All

With talent like this, how can America lose? (Hat tip to Matt Pierson.)

It’s A Trap!

Too much time on your hands? Try this little diversion.

Bent Donut Hole

Poking around over at Normblog today, I found a link to something that I think is just brilliant: it’s a map of London’s Tube system, with all the station names replaced by anagrams. Have a look here (you can compare it with the real thing, here).

Hey, Just Kidding Around

With an impending deadline to meet, I shall remain fettered to my oar till the wee hours for the rest of the week at least. While I am surely grateful, during this disruptive economic paroxysm, to have the opportunity to spend a healthful fifteen hours a day sitting in a cubicle writing code so as […]

Spam Spam Spam Spam

My old friend Dave Pauley, whose inbox is apparently as clogged as my own, has transmuted base metal into gold. Here is the result: Spam Sonnet Ascent your darling couch experience; Go for the strong virility you need. An MBA award to you convinced Of greater power deep inside your seed. Your stick will be […]

Coy April Deviltry Is Everywhere

Like, for example, this from Google.

…And If You Don’t Mind, I Have a Follow-up

From this evening’s Borowitz Report: Yankees Sign Iraqi Hurler Shoe-throwing Right-hander Impresses Scouts In their latest bid to beef up their pitching rotation for the 2009 season, the New York Yankees today signed Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi to a three-year deal worth $32 million. The right-handed al-Zeidi, 28, impressed the Yankee scouts with his performance […]

Feet Of Clay

Well, the 2008 Wellfleet Oysterfest Spelling Bee is in the books, and I did not win. I did come in second, but my hope of building on last year’s triumph to establish the foundations of a dynasty is dashed. I was beaten by a fine speller named Maria something, from Jamaica Plain, which is apparently […]

Have A Go

We’ve had plenty of chat in in here lately about the political Left and Right, and what the words mean. I recently induced, with mischief aforethought, a conniption or two merely by mentioning that I was reading a book that argues (and persuasively, I might add) that Fascism was a phenomenon of the political Left; […]

Comic Relief

I’ll be traveling later today, and off the air until tomorrow at the earliest. So for now, here is an enormous, time-wasting distraction to keep you occupied.

Hello, Children!

In what may mark, depending upon your perspective, either the zenith or nadir of Western civilization, the makers of South Park have now put every episode on line for your viewing pleasure. Or the irrevocable corruption of your eternal soul. Whatever.

Food Fight

Dennis Mangan presents one of the most brilliant little video clips I’ve ever seen. Go and see for yourself. (P.S. Confused? Cheat-sheet here.)

Know Your Place

It’s time to take a break from all the heavy lifting we’ve been doing for the past few days. So here’s an amusing little diversion that’s both fun and educational.

Back To Basics

This is one of the more appealing “viral videos”, I must say, that I’ve ever seen. We are simply hard-wired to enjoy this sort of thing, and if you can watch this without laughing along, start worrying.