Alternatives to "Resting Bitch Face"

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On McSweeney's, Susan Harlan rounds up some less-objectionable alternatives we can use to describe so-called "Resting Bitch Face," such as "Yes I Really Do Just Want to Sit Here and Read My Book Unmolested Face." Read the rest

One hundred of history's most influential jokes

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Vulture presents a lengthy (and very funny) annotated history of "100 jokes that shaped modern comedy," with embedded audio (and sometimes video) of the jokes themselves, going all the way back to 1906's Nobody by Bert Williams -- transferred from wax cylinder to shellac disc to Youtube. Read the rest

Spanish-language broadcasting titan Univision buys controlling interest in The Onion

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<insert ¡Ay, caramba! joke here> Read the rest

"Late stage capitalism" is the new "Christ, what an asshole"

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If you've grown weary of recaptioning your New Yorker cartoons with any of the other universal punchlines ("Christ, what an asshole," "Hello, I'd like to add you to my professional network on Linkedin" and "What a misunderstanding," to name only three), Matthew Garret invites you to try "Late stage capitalism." Works a treat! Read the rest

Lost and lonely dildo on a conveyor belt

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“How could this happen to meeeee?”

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Ar ar humor: Generating jokes algorithmically with Wolfram Mathematica

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Kathryn Cramer writes, "Jesse Friedman, age 14, has developed some code for getting Wolfram Language to tell a few jokes. Although most of WL's jokes are not funny, the generative language tools are an interesting toy." Read the rest

The American Bystander - new magazine created by old National Lampoon folks

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This looks cool. The American Bystander Humor Magazine is going to be a "lavish print quarterly featuring comedy all-stars from SNL, The Simpsons, Monty Python & National Lampoon." It looks a lot like 1970s era National Lampoon, with a touch of Harvey Kurtzman's Humbug. They have almost made their Kickstarter goal.

Ethan Persoff (co-creator of the John Wilcock comic strip that premieres on Boing Boing) said, "The goal of the magazine is to bring back a national humor publication, along the lines of National Lampoon, Spy, etc. What I like about it is the project actually involves many of the original writers of that era. Apparently the idea for the Bystander is it was originally thought up by Brian McConnachie around the same time he contributed to National Lampoon Radio Hour (which, in turn became Saturday Night Live) and the idea for the magazine has been percolating since then, becoming a serious idea about two years ago. First issue also includes Terry Jones from Monty Python, Jack Handey (SNL's Deep Thoughts) tons of interesting work. They're running about seven pages of John Wilcock comics, too." Read the rest

The Welcome to Night Vale novel dances a tightrope between weird humor and real pathos

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Welcome to Night Vale is the spookiest, funniest podcast on the net and now it's a book that manages the near impossible: balancing precisely on the single-molecule-thick line separating weird humor and real pathos.

Here's a device that drains food from your stomach, via a tube, to the toilet

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"All I ask is that there's a way to take off the pounds without exercising, or changing what I eat, or how much of it I eat," says Stephen Colbert. "Other than that I am willing to do anything. Well, anything has finally arrived, and it's called Aspire Assist." Read the rest

Sheer variety of Oreos sells Pope Francis on capitalism

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The Onion proves that it's still got it (and that you can distill the entire joke to a single headline if you have the right shooping skills): Pope Francis Reverses Position On Capitalism After Seeing Wide Variety Of American Oreos.

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Step Aside, Pops: a new Hark! A Vagrant! collection that delights and dazzles

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Canadian historian turned webcomics god Kate Beaton is back with her second Hark! A Vagrant! collection: Step Aside, Pops. Never before has history been so bitterly funny.

Chloe LMAO: Who is she?

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On Vine, less is more. This 16 year old Vine star's most popular clip, “Who Is She,” doesn't really contain much—but it's perfect.

Possibly drunk or high bear tries to scratch back on tree, misses repeatedly, is hilarious

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We'll have what he's having.

Darren Dutton's weird comedy remix masterpiece: Badgers

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A very funny pastoral pastiche, handmade from 100% recycled vintage sound clips.

Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M." Read the rest

Caveman Science Fiction

I missed this set of 2009 comics by Dresden Codak (previously) the first time round: Caveman Science Fiction. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

12" pianist: the rest of it

"I think your genie is hard of hearing." "No kidding, you think I asked for a 12" pianist?" So the guy processes this. And he’s, like, “Does that mean..." Read the rest

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