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Happy Bipthday and other frosting mishaps

Posted 23 April 2010 | By | Categories: Funny | No Comments

From Cake Wrecks, a blog of beautifully and hilariously woeful cakes, photos of the many (yes, many) ways to misspell “Happy Birthday” – This one’s my favorite:

“Sometimes you can tell just by looking at a cake the exact moment when the decorator got distracted and had to take a break.”

Happy Bipthay Ashlev

Does that say, “Happy Bipthday Ashlev” to you, too?

More Happy Birthday, however you splel it. And even more here.

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Crash Blossoms

Posted 11 April 2010 | By | Categories: Funny | 2 Comments

One of the many reasons why I adore Connie Willis: she introduced me to “crash blossoms,” a new term for linguistic misfirings a la the headline: “Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms”.

A few of my favorites:

Bridge Held Up By Red Tape
Gator Attacks Puzzle Experts
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
Scientists Are at Loss Due to Brain-eating Amoeba
US Eyes Boom in Nuclear Reactors
Jessica Hahn Pooped After Long Day Testifying
McDonald’s Fries the Holy Grail for Potato Farmers
Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder
Pastor Aghast at First Lady Sex Position
British Left Waffles on Falklands

From an article on Good Is:

“Crash blossoms are a variation of ‘garden path sentences,’ a type of sentence that leads the reader into grammatical or logical sinkholes that were not intended.”

The article goes on to quote a research paper that challenged “the fundamental assumption in psycholinguistics that comprehension is based on the creation of full, accurate, and detailed representations. It appears, instead, that people work on sentences until they reach a point where it subjectively makes sense to them and then processing may cease.”

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I hella heart Oakland

Posted 01 March 2010 | By | Categories: Funny | No Comments

Mr. B'

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Funny is knowing what happens

Posted 27 February 2010 | By | Categories: Funny | 1 Comment

Perhaps the funniest four-odd minutes in the English language is Abbot & Costello’s “Who’s on First?” sketch (that’s a direct link to the MP3 file).

Another eyewateringly funny sketch is “The Bricklayer’s Lament” by Gerard Hoffnung (that’s the YouTube link).

The thing that makes them both so painfully good is not that there’s a surprise, or a twist, as in jokes, but that you know exactly what’s happening. The effect is exactly the same as that of a horror story: the inevitable becoming manifest.

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Baby with Brains

Posted 25 February 2010 | By | Categories: Funny | No Comments

Office infant Nora noms the brains.