The "sadistic verses" are a genre of Russian schoolyard rhymes marked by extremely dark humor. For example, "Two lovers lay / In a field of tall wheat / Quietly, quietly comes the combine / Grandmother spits out the cloth / She has found inside her bread." Unfortunately, English compilations are a bit hard to find. Here's a blog post
by a Georgian (US state) who moved to Moscow and collected a few, and here's a more scholarly PDF
which also quotes many examples. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Jul 21, 2013 -
Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America
. The New York Times profiles funny guy Jack Handey as his first work of fiction, The Stench of Honolulu
, goes on sale tomorrow. (Read the first three chapters here
.) Handey, of course, is best known for his Deep Thoughts
, and for his SNL sketches, including the classic Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
. He's also a hilarious essayist: some of my favorites include What I'd Say to the Martians
, Ideas for Paintings
, My Nature Documentary
, The Plan
, and How I Want to Be Remembered
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jul 15, 2013 -
"I know the only reason you wear those cargo shorts is to get my attention, okay? I'm not buying it."
Ladies, I'm sure you've noticed them on the Internet: Fake Nerd Boys
-- a brief rant on the impending demise of a proud but beleaguered subculture. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude
on Jun 14, 2013 -
Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as re-enacted by me and another full grown man - Episode 1
posted by quin
on May 24, 2013 -
A Logic Named Joe
is a short science-fiction story by Murray Leinster. Published in 1946, the story depicts data-mining, massively networked computers, search engines, privacy/censorship filters and internet porn. Read it here.
posted by The Whelk
on May 13, 2013 -
Greenboy: Prescription for Death
is a purported lost Dragnet episode made by writers from Mr Show and Mystery Science Theater. It uses technology first seen in Forest Gump to digitally add actors into the psychedelic "Blueboy"
episode of Dragnet 1967. The result is a hilarious story of bad cops chasing after Greenboy, the pusher of a dangerous strain of medical marijuana called Larry in the Sky with Diamonds. (NSFW due to language).
posted by Blingo
on May 10, 2013 -
The greatest car commercial ever !!
Old Spock (Nimoy) and New Spock (Quinto) come together (and battle it out) in what is likely the best car commercial that you ever saw (or will see). Chock full of Star Trek references there's even a scene with Nimoy humming along to "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" . Awesomeness follows ...
posted by Podkayne of Pasadena
on May 7, 2013 -
Did you know you can pay to have the obituary for a non-famous loved one put in the New York Times? The family of Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi did.
"Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia."
The obituary goes on to make fun of four generations of family (from her father to her grandchildren), the Hancock County Library Foundation and the clergyman presiding at her memorial service, closing with the statement that "Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial."via Miss Cellania of Neatorama
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 5, 2013 -
is a fantastically entertaining short film about three friends fighting to the death using iconic props from movies. [via]
posted by quin
on Mar 21, 2013 -
is that magical blend between idiot and artist that really pushes all the buttons. Here
are his contributions to College Humor. [more inside]
posted by rebent
on Mar 12, 2013 -
The latest of Thomas Ridgewell's (aka TomSka
) animated short-humor videos has hit youtube: asdfmovie6
. (link in video to previous videos)
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 21, 2013 -