To do in San Francisco: Richard Kadrey and Thomas Olde Heuvelt on July 17

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Coming to San Francisco's SF in SF reading series this Sunday, July 17: Richard "Sandman Slim" Kadrey & Thomas Olde Heuvelt, the Dutch author of "The Day the World Turned Upside Down," the first translated work to ever win a Hugo Award. Read the rest

How and Why God Made Various Animals

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Welp, this explains a lot. A collected series of Twitter musings on why and exactly how the magical great bearded old dude in the sky (and his indentured angelic maker minions) created various critters.

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The Perdition Score: Sandman Slim vs the One Percent

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It's been seven years since Richard Kadrey blew the lid off urban fantasy with Sandman Slim, a fresh, funny, mean and dirty supernatural hard-boiled revenge story like no other. Now, with the publication of book seven, The Perdition Score, Kadrey forces his antihero to confront his fiercest-ever opponent: his own violent nature.

A backer message as Earth leaves beta and goes 1.0

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"Project Earth is leaving beta," JW Alden's arch, funny short-short science fiction story in Nature, is a delightful little piece of design fiction in the form of a letter to the backers of planet Earth's crowdfunding, announcing the coming server wipe and 1.0 release ("Yes, we know you've poured time and effort into your 'lives' on Earth, and it's disappointing to lose your progress"), and a host of long overdue features: Read the rest

From beyond the grave, Terry Pratchett orders Neil Gaiman to adapt Good Omens for TV

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After several false starts, including one that involved Terry Gilliam and a groat, Neil Gaiman has announced that he will personally adapt he and Terry Pratchett's oustanding, comedic apocalypse novel Good Omens as a six-part TV series. Read the rest

Trump makeup: Make your face great again

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You've seen Johnny Depp tear off Donald Trump's face. Now learn how to put on your own. F-Comedy's Tess Paras is "really excited to make your face great again." Read the rest

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.

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