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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:25 pm 
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MattG wrote:
While funny, I doubt that any of them are original. I can vouch for all except the last dating back at least to the mid-80's. (I think I'm turning into a crocodile in my old age.)


Original or not, you've got to love the AA Salute. I just did it, and it is even funny on its own. ;) Try it.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:40 pm 
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Here's a couple:

The shop, crammed to the acoustic-tile ceiling and dustless, resembles a junkyard for anal retentives.
p. 484

... so cross-eyed he could stand in the middle of the week and see both Sundays.
p. 543

I wish I had kept better track. Lots of very funny, very clever stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:07 pm 
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p. 120 " A la contraire. I let it ride around inside all day if I have to. I make an iron rule: nothing escapes my bottom during play. Not a toot or a whistle. If I play hunched over I play hunched over. I take discomfort in the name of dignified caution, and when it's especially bad I look up at the sky between points and I say to the sky Thank You Sir may I have another. Thank You Sir may I have another."

That whole section just made me laugh.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:16 pm 
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In footnote #269 the guy from Saprogenic Greetings (lolololol) tell how he and Orin accidentally kill Avril's dog S. Johnson. This makes me a bad person, but there you have it. How can a scene about two impaired teenagers dragging a dog behind the family volvo by its leash be so ridiculously funny?


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:42 pm 
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M. Psychosis wrote:
In footnote #269 the guy from Saprogenic Greetings (lolololol) tell how he and Orin accidentally kill Avril's dog S. Johnson. This makes me a bad person, but there you have it. How can a scene about two impaired teenagers dragging a dog behind the family volvo by its leash be so ridiculously funny?


Well, out of respect to the late John Hughes, we should probably give credit where credit is due for the original gag in "Vacation"...and I wonder how much could be written about the situational and character differences that made this so funny and the SteelSak scenes so inciting of much comment in another thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:20 pm 
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Long time lurker, first time poster, third time reader.

The whole of footnote 332 (John Wayne's 'drined performance on the WETA) had me laughing and laughing today; with a particular guffaw at his comment on Hal...
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"by all appearances addicted to everything that is not tied down, cannot outrun him, and is fittable in the mouth"

'I'm remembering the word as insertable.' Pemulis kicked himself, mentally


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:52 pm 
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p. 806 - The section where Hal is stuck in the Inner Infant meeting. "Hal now starts scrolling through an alphabetical list of faraway places he'd rather be right now. He's not even up to Addis Ababa when Kevin Bain acquiesces and begins very softly and hesitantly Jim, who's put aside his yogurt but not the bear, to please come up and love him and hold him."

Just the picture of Hal in this terribly uncomfortable situation thinking of whatever faraway places come before Addis Ababa makes me laugh.

Addis Ababa, according to Wikipedia, is the largest city in Egypt and perhaps the location where man originated from.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
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testforecho wrote:
Addis Ababa, according to Wikipedia, is the largest city in Egypt and perhaps the location where man originated from.


Hm, I'd come to think of Wikipedia as more accurate than that. I suppose I should go fix it. Ethiopia.


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 Post subject: Re: Things that has made you LOL
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:42 pm 
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boyce wrote:
testforecho wrote:
Addis Ababa, according to Wikipedia, is the largest city in Egypt and perhaps the location where man originated from.


Hm, I'd come to think of Wikipedia as more accurate than that. I suppose I should go fix it. Ethiopia.


You are right and Wikipedia was correct. It's Ethiopia. Not sure why I was thinking Egypt when I typed it in the post.


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