Humour

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  1. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    Traffic cop pulls Heisenberg over and asks him, "Do you know how fast you were going?"

    Heisenberg says, "No. But I know where I am."
     
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  3. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Why should you always carry an out-dated math textbook with you when you go on a picnic?








    Because it will have a log table in the appendix.
     
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  5. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    I always heard that one a different way:

    Cop pulls over Werner Heisenberg. Cop says "What the hell's wrong with you, boy? Where you from, anyway?"
    Heisenberg says "Germany."
    Cop says "well, you ain't in Germany any more, you in Atlanta. Now, you know how fast you was goin?"
    Heisenberg says "not any more."
     
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  7. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, take for example, Isaac Asimov. Professor of Biochemistry, author of numerous books on science, including co-authoring a college-level textbook. He also had a great sense of humor. He even combined science and humor in a spoof scientific paper: The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline.
     
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  8. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    I like your version better.

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    I did need to give it a bit of thought.

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  10. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    Two complete K2 graphs walk into a topological bar.

    One says, "Ok, you find a table, I'll get something to take the edge off".
     
  11. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Mobius stripper.
     
  12. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Traffic cop pulls Heisenberg over and asks him, "Do you know how fast you were going?"
    Heisenberg says "No."
    Traffic cop says "Well I clocked you doing 98."
    Heisenberg throws his hands up in disgust and says "Great! Now I"m lost!"
     
  13. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Groan.
     
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  14. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    Now, see...that's funny.

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  15. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    For much of my life the "Far Side" period of Gary Larson's work was the touchstone of scientist-friendly humor.
    And like the cartoonist behind "Boondocks", Aaron MacGruder, another if less directly scientist friendly touchstone,
    and the cartoonist behind "Calvin and Hobbes", Bill Watterson,

    he solidified his claim on the fond trust of the science friendly by retiring well from that period (all great artists have "periods").

    Before them, there was Pogo. After them, like most digital era artists a bit dodgier and disconnected from landscape memory pattern (musical, lyrical) (the screen and code line live a plane farther from physical reality than the sketch pad) there was/is the iconic creator of xkcd.

    And the never-to-be-forgotten who used a Mars rover fitted out with legitimate research goals and agendas - rigorously and without loss of effective yield - to draw a human penis on Mars, visible from orbit. They will dwell in the pantheon of the immortals, and sit on the right hand side of wonder under the oculus of heaven.

    I refuse to cite the inventors of the Great Punking: Daylight Savings Time. Truly, they have their reward.

    IMHO.
     
  16. Benson Registered Member

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    What's the difference between California and the Titanic?

    Titanic had it's lights on when it sank.
     
  17. Truck Captain Stumpy The Right Honourable Reverend Truck Captain Valued Senior Member

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    you just made me spit my coffee all over the dog! Thanks!
    LMFAO
     
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  18. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    I heard they were more nut twisters

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  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I don't get it.
     
  20. Truck Captain Stumpy The Right Honourable Reverend Truck Captain Valued Senior Member

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    read below or see: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/10...n-francisco-bay-area-pge-pacific-gas-electric

     
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  21. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Nobody was trying to sink the Titanic for profit.
    You need to understand that California is the assumed center of hippie incompetence. That is taken for granted as an aspect of reality. The alternative would be assessing competence by outcome, and lodging that in the public discourse as the assumed context of jokes - which would lead to jokes about government by Texans.
    Dark humor, that. Hard to get a belly laugh, although Molly Ivins proved it possible.
     
  22. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    No, understanding that California experienced a blackout is sufficient to get the joke.
     
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  23. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Unlikely - and no example.
    That may be because there was no joke unless one shared the bigotry it rested on.
    The difference between the Titanic and a State that is not sinking, between the Titanic and a State that was subjected to a blackout by a corporate entity's policies and poor maintenance, is not the joke - right?

    Who uses passive language such as "experienced a blackout" when describing the victims of serious crime? Those are who "got" the joke - meaning both understood it and found it funny.
    Quite probably, a minority of those who knew about California's recent blackout.
     
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