Friday, July 7, 2006

The quotes file

As many of you already know, I keep a huge Word document of funny and interesting quotations I come across, from well-known people, authors, and my friends. (Right now it sits at 76 pages with small margins.) Several of the quotes from my friends aren't even remotely funny to me anymore, so clearly I have much to learn about gauging universality of humor. In contrast, most of the funny things I've quoted in there from Futurama and The Simpsons are still great, even out of context.


And now, to make this entry longer, what may be the funniest thing I've ever read on Slashdot, by someone going by the name "Waffle Iron":

“The DRU500A by Sony burns DVD-R/-RW, DVD+RW/+R, and even CD-R/CD-RW discs. At $349, you’d be wasting your money. I paid only $249 for a Sunbeam Gas Grill. At 40,000 BTU/hour, it will easily burn DVD-R/-RW/+RW/+R/ROMs, CD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROMs, floppies, Zip disks, Jaz disks, books, magazines, motherboards, DVD/CD drives, keyboards, hotdogs, steaks, dead rodents, old shoes… just about anything.”

5 comments:

Louise said...

Your previous post says it all. Know your audience when talking about something you find funny. *sigh* I'm just not a big enough computer geek to get that humor. :(

Travis said...

Luckily, most of my readers are computer geeks, and everyone I've shown that to in the past has found it amusing. :)

But, point well taken...

Kerjo said...

I was amused.

Louise said...

Seriously, I know it is just me. I hang out with tons of computer programmers/testers/geeks and I am sure all of them would have been amused. That kind of humor is lost on me.

It's no different than most programmer discussions that I have been privy to. Usually, after sitting around listening to it for 1-2 hours, my response is "How about those Red Wings!" Yet another topic I have very little information on.

Kerjo said...

It's not really the geeky part of it that amuses me - I just like fire, grills, and usually tasty food that comes from grills.

So my reaction was more like, "Alternative uses for a grill?! Comical!"