A little misunderstanding

A male bunny boiler is just as scary as a female one:


The Man Drawer

Do you have one of these?

I do.

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Clarke and Dawe on the Olympics



The Simpsons on the iPad

? Mashable

You can now get the Simpsons on your iPad:

In a development that would make even Comic Book Guy proud, digital comic book platform comiXology is teaming up with Matt Groening?s Bongo Comics to bring America?s favorite family to the iPad. The partners announced the Simpsons Comics app for iOS, available today, at a panel at this week?s San Diego Comic-Con.

The?iOS?app is a?free download?for the iPad and the iPhone and will launch with a selection of digital versions of both recent and classic Bongo titles like?Simpsons Comics,?Bart Simpson?and?Radioactive Man. ComiXology will also give away a digital copy of Simpsons Comics #100 on its website for a limited time to mark the release of the app.

The Muslims are Coming!

This looks hilarious…doubt it will screen here though.

A group of Muslim-American standup comedians go on the road counter Islamophobia using the only weapon they have: jokes. The Muslims Are Coming! follows these comics as they visit big cities, rural villages, and everything in between to do shows, meet locals, and counter the haters. Commentary from pop culture icons like the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, David Cross, and Lewis Black pepper the film as the comedians travel through middle America. Will audiences laugh? Will they make a difference? Will they make it back? Rest assured, you’ve never laughed this hard at a Muslim!

Good Stuff

? The Telegraph

It looks like Yes, Prime Minister is coming back to the screens:

Famed for its masterful lampooning of the inner workings of British government, Yes, Prime Minister captured the obfuscation of Whitehall mandarins to a tee.

Now, nearly a quarter of a century on, the much-lauded satirical sitcom is set to return to our screens for a new series seemingly based on the current Coalition government.

This time around the Rt. Hon Jim Hacker, previously played by the late Paul Eddington, will be confronting ?the greatest economic crisis in a generation?.

And to give the new series a further contemporary twist, Number 10 will also face issues over a Scottish referendum on independence and the possible collapse of the European Union.

Yesterday UKTV, who commissioned the revised show for TV channel Gold, described the current political landscape in Britain as the ?perfect setting? for a return of the series.Filming is expected to start over the summer but executives have yet to finalise details of who will be cast in the roles of Hacker, his permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Wooley, his famously obtuse principle private secretary.

The Science of Sarcasm

My old man used to always comment to me that “sarcasm was the lowest form of wit”. Actually it turns out that being able to recognise sarcasm is:

…an essential skill if one is going to function in a modern society dripping with irony. ?Our culture in particular is permeated with sarcasm,? says Katherine Rankin, a neuropsychologist at the University of California at San Francisco. ?People who don?t understand sarcasm are immediately noticed. They?re not getting it. They?re not socially adept.?

Sarcasm recognition in politics is especially necessary. Tui Brewaries will be pleased with the research too:

Sarcasm so saturates 21st-century America that according to one study of a database of telephone conversations, 23 percent of the time that the phrase ?yeah, right? was used, it was uttered sarcastically. Entire phrases have almost lost their literal meanings because they are so frequently said with a sneer. ?Big deal,? for example. When?s the last time someone said that to you and meant it sincerely? ?My heart bleeds for you? almost always equals ?Tell it to someone who cares,? and ?Aren?t you special? means you aren?t.

Where Dad used to say “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit: it seems he was wrong on that too:

Sarcasm seems to exercise the brain more than sincere statements do. Scientists who have monitored the electrical activity of the brains of test subjects exposed to sarcastic statements have found that brains have to work harder to understand sarcasm.

That extra work may make our brains sharper, according to another study. College students in Israel listened to complaints to a cellphone company?s customer service line. The students were better able to solve problems creatively when the complaints were sarcastic as opposed to just plain angry. Sarcasm ?appears to stimulate complex thinking and to attenuate the otherwise negative effects of anger,? according to the study authors.

The mental gymnastics needed to perceive sarcasm includes developing a ?theory of mind? to see beyond the literal meaning of the words and understand that the speaker may be thinking of something entirely different. A theory of mind allows you to realize that when your brother says ?nice job? when you spill the milk, he means just the opposite, the jerk.

Yep, must use the sarcasm filter more often.


Chopper’s coming

Chopper?tries to make sense of the?“sheep loving”?in New Zealand.

Word of the Day – Heckle


To heckle?? originally the process of removing knots from wool, by combing. In eighteenth century Dundee, workers who carried out the task, hecklers, were political radicals and would interrupt their colleague responsible for reading out the daily news

from Wikipedia:

The term originates from the textile trade, where to heckle was to tease or comb out?flax?or?hemp?fibres. The additional meaning, to interrupt speakers with awkward or embarrassing questions, was added in?Scotland, and specifically perhaps in early nineteenth century?Dundee, a famously radical town where the hecklers who combed the flax had established a reputation as the most radical and belligerent element in the workforce. In the heckling factory, one heckler would read out the day’s news while the others worked, to the accompaniment of interruptions and furious debate.[1]

Heckling?was a major part of the?vaudeville?theater. Sometimes it was incorporated into the play.?Milton Berle’s weekly TV variety series in the 1960s featured a heckler named Sidney Spritzer (German/Yiddish?for “Squirter”) played by?Borscht Belt?comic?Irving Benson. In the 1970s and 1980s,?The Muppet Show, which was also built around a vaudeville theme, featured?two?hecklers,?Statler & Waldorf?(two old men named after famous hotels).?Heckles?are now particularly likely to be heard at comedy performances, to unsettle or compete with the performer.

So good to have a PM with a sense of humour

While we can all laugh at watching the tragedy that is Phil Goff, have a reall good laugh at this comedy sketch of John Key and Shaun Wayne.

I love the jokes about the BMWs and Helen Clark.

Watch the pinkos snarl and spit over this.