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Xmas as a Jewish holiday

Have you ever wondered what Xmas would be like if it were a Jewish Holiday? Precisely defined rules for preparing for the holiday, procuring and decorating the tree, cooking the festive meal, giving gifts, and all other seasonal celebrations. With footnotes! Songs! More footnotes! Riddles! Even more footnotes! [via Making Light] (This is a Geocities site, so don't all rush there at once and overload it, OK?)
posted by maudlin on Dec 10, 2002 - 35 comments

Satire in advertising

Should advertising be allowed to contain caricatures and satire of major figures without their permission? My opinion is yes they bloody well should. Good luck to the producers with hunting down Osama.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 27, 2002 - 15 comments

Nailed With Their Own Hammer

A Mad Parody Of The Onion Well, if this isn't Meta, I don't know what is. Certainly, we all know about The Onion (and, indeed, our consensus is that we don't post Onion links here). The fine fellows at MAD magazine have hoisted the Area Men by their own petard. I hate to say it, 'cuz I think The Onion is often quite funny, but they've got it nailed. (via Heath Row's Media Diet)
posted by briank on Nov 13, 2002 - 58 comments

Daschle, Gephardt: 'political strategy is working'

Daschle, Gephardt: 'political strategy is working' "WASHINGTON (CNN) - As cable networks projected continued Republican dominance of the House and a Republican takeover of the Senate, two leading Democrats met with reporters to announce that 'everything is going according to plan' and the future of the Democratic Party looks bright. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle expressed optimism about Democratic prospects for the next elections, saying that "our strategy of leaving no daylight between ourselves and the president is clearly working. Although in today's election the voters were still able to distinguish Republicans from Democrats, resulting in some lost seats for us, I'm confident that by 2004 we will regain our lead by becoming utterly indistinguishable from Republicans."

Great humor!!
posted by nofundy on Nov 6, 2002 - 10 comments

Friday Fun!! Got a question for the Axis of Chicken Hawks?

Friday Fun!! Got a question for the Axis of Chicken Hawks? "The Official Simulation Act of 2002 created the Dept. of Official Simulation (DoOS) and tasked it with minimizing time wasted on media availability by certain U.S. Government officials who have been designated as essential to national security. DoOS makes available for press conferences and interviews simulated officials virtually identical to the originals with regard to talking points, lucidity and veracity" Try it! The answers are hilarious!! (thanks to busybusybusy)
posted by nofundy on Nov 1, 2002 - 8 comments

www.blackpeopleloveus.com

www.blackpeopleloveus.com From memepool, but I just couldn't resist and I thought it deserved your attention and discussion. Oh that Sally and Johnny, fo shizzle my nizzle!
posted by Stan Chin on Oct 18, 2002 - 35 comments

Newzoid: wacky headline generator.

Newzoid: wacky headline generator. I've been checking this site daily for at least a week now. It polls for online news headlines and does a simple "cut-up" which usually cracks me up like, "Tireless British Rocker, 50, To Be Auctioned," "Iraqis Fighting Back In Playground," "VH1 Vogue Is Dense, Demanding," "Listeria Outbreak Probably Enjoyed Off-Duty Time," "US Man Linked To Breast Cancer: Study"
posted by skallas on Oct 15, 2002 - 21 comments

First there was Haiku. Then came Christmas Haiku, Suburban Haiku, Gangster Haiku, Dog Haiku, and...Leprosy Haiku?
posted by nick.a on Oct 8, 2002 - 20 comments

Satire is alive and well?

Satire is alive and well? "Taliban Reunited is the simple way to find out what your old terrorist chums and captives are doing now." (Satire is dead?)
posted by MintSauce on Sep 26, 2002 - 3 comments

The United States has invited you to "War on Iraq"

The United States has invited you to "War on Iraq"
posted by mathowie on Sep 16, 2002 - 38 comments

Homeland Security Cultural Bureau.

Homeland Security Cultural Bureau. "HSCB is protecting the interests of the country's national security by employing efforts to direct and guide the parameters of cultural production. " Actions include encouraging Hollywood to make less cynical, more patriotic movies, and shutting down art galleries whose subversive content is a threat to national security. I presume the site is a parodic/political commentary one--since as far as I know such a bureau has not actually been authorized by the Bush White House--but the makers of the site are holding their cards very close to the chest, with content that is nearly indistinguishable from what the real thing (a Bushian arts censorship commission) would actually be.
posted by Rebis on Sep 14, 2002 - 12 comments

Ari Fleischer: God, Genius, Liar, or Rapper! You decide.
posted by geronimo_rex on Sep 10, 2002 - 11 comments

Just what you've been waiting for...

Just what you've been waiting for... or maybe not! "Due to overwhelming public demand, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have decided to use the site of the World Trade Center for America's number one theme park, Twin Towers over Ground Zeroâ?¢!" Since long before Jonathan Swift, writers (and others) have used absurdity to spur discussion and spark protest. Sick of all the 9/11 glurge and tacky commercialism (1, 2, 3), a local resident continues the tradition.
posted by Modgoddess on Sep 9, 2002 - 14 comments

SatireWire is closing up shop.

SatireWire is closing up shop. Andrew Marlatt, the multi-trick pony behind the site, is citing "creative differences" with himself and is opting to walk away from one of the better-known bastions of Web humor, as well as one of those rare free content sites that, according to Marlatt, is profitable:

The site actually makes money — through advertising, through the book "Economy of Errors," and (primarily) through selling pieces from the site to publications like, say, the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, or the National Post in Canada. Nice little setup, actually. I've been very lucky. But the bottom line is, it has ceased to be fun. My heart is not in it. My head is not in it.

But just because Marlatt has chosen a different route to the dead pool that those sites that gave up the ghost because they were broke doesn't make this story much more discussion-worthy than any other croaked dotcom. In proper obit style, let's instead remember the great stuff we got from the site; if you've never been, you'll find all sorts of treasures.
posted by blueshammer on Aug 27, 2002 - 15 comments

Minutes

Minutes of lost Rat Pack meeting recently discovered in Las Vegas! This satirical piece by Bob Odenkirk brilliantly lampoons the group dynamic of Old Blue Eyes and his pals.
posted by MrBaliHai on Aug 16, 2002 - 17 comments

Pickle Man versus giant Pepperidge Farm Goldfish-Mobile.

Pickle Man versus giant Pepperidge Farm Goldfish-Mobile. Who would you put your money on? You can also see them on tour this summer.
posted by kingmissile on Jul 30, 2002 - 6 comments

Political cartoons,

Political cartoons, and lots of them. Updated daily. Better than the Daily Show.
posted by swift on Jul 24, 2002 - 18 comments

The Democratic Fascist

The Democratic Fascist Somebody please tell me that this is some kind of really awful joke: "Quite simply, the Democratic Fascist Movement is a well-organized, rapidly growing group of people, inspired by the work of our Visionary Mr. Sean Hannity, who affirm the necessity for Moral Unity in our Nation today. While we do not reject the Democratic Process, we also recognize the need for bringing conclusion to the mob rule which has characterized our Government of late. It is our belief that, through more stringent voting regulations, power must be placed back into the hands of the Moral Elite if this Great Nation can endure." More inside...
posted by Irontom on Jul 9, 2002 - 17 comments

Putting The Wit Back Into Wittgenstein:

Putting The Wit Back Into Wittgenstein: Here's an impeccable satire, involving fog-like sensations, apparently written by the ever-witty Michael Frayn and featured in David Chalmers's magnificent collection of philosophical humour. Although it was clearly written and compiled by and for academic philosophers, most pieces will cause chuckling in anyone with even a very basic knowledge of philosophy. Among its many delights, the Jerry Springer parody and the Philosofighter game give some idea of the range and downright funniness of this richly uneducational resource, so deserving of a wider audience.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jul 6, 2002 - 8 comments

new counterbalance to israeli nuclear capability

new counterbalance to israeli nuclear capability if you can't beat 'em join 'em (sort of)
posted by johnnyboy on Jul 6, 2002 - 2 comments

The UCSD administration was recently defeated

The UCSD administration was recently defeated by The Koala, a student satire publication that it attempted to shut down. Said an administrator: "We condemn the Koala's abuse of the constitutional guarantees of free expression and disfavor their unconscionable behavior." The paper's staffers have now sold their blood plasma to raise money for a lawyer to file a countersuit against the administration. Good to see that free speech is alive and well on college campuses, this school's administration to the contrary. And its always good to see an active college humor magazine.
posted by gsteff on Jul 1, 2002 - 6 comments

A Person Paper on Purity in Language.

A Person Paper on Purity in Language. An old William Satire (aka Douglas Hofstadter) piece that's well worth reading. "One of the more hilarious suggestions made by the squawkers for this point of view is to abandon the natural distinction along racial lines, and to replace it with a highly unnatural one along sexual lines. One such suggestion-emanating, no doubt, from the mind of a madwhite-would have us say 'he' for male whites (and blacks) and 'she' for female whites (and blacks). Can you imagine the outrage with which sensible folk of either sex would greet this 'modest proposal'?"
posted by jacobm on Jun 18, 2002 - 21 comments

Matt Taibbi, co-founder

Matt Taibbi, co-founder of the eXile, Moscow's most caustic and painfully funny newspaper, has relocated to Buffalo, NY (?) to work his journalistic mojo there. That is, if he's not arrested over this editorial.
posted by GriffX on Jun 17, 2002 - 10 comments

Subtleties of American Satire Lost on the Chinese.

Subtleties of American Satire Lost on the Chinese. Bejing's most popular newspaper runs an article from The Onion as fact.
posted by crunchland on Jun 7, 2002 - 56 comments

Mad Magazine cartoonist David Berg dies at 81.

Mad Magazine cartoonist David Berg dies at 81. One of the "gang of idiots" that were part of the Mad '60's: Sergio Aragones, Don Martin, Antonio Prohias, Mort Drucker, et al.

Ah, well. Another piece of my childhood slips away. What stands out in my mind was that many of his characters bore an uncanny resemblance to my neighbors. But now I'm troubled: did I have a post-modern childhood?
posted by groundhog on May 25, 2002 - 8 comments

i'm pretty sure this is a joke, good sunday fun...
posted by Aleph Yin on May 19, 2002 - 11 comments

Are you an identiopath?

Are you an identiopath? Do you know anyone who is? Deadpan satire from Hermenaut.
posted by darukaru on May 8, 2002 - 5 comments

Expos declare independence from MLB.

Expos declare independence from MLB.
"The grim, bleached-blonde visage of Richie Sexson will serve as a warning to all opponents who attempt to subvert the revolution or phone the bullpen," said Expos second baseman/People’s Minister of Security Jose Vidro.
Few humor sites on the web are truly funny, but The Spitter has a high batting average.
posted by Holden on May 8, 2002 - 3 comments

Attack of the Hollywood Clones

Attack of the Hollywood Clones Flametracker investigates how some actors are being cloned so that they can work on twice as many projects. See also Julia Roberts and Monica Potter, Keira Knightly and Natalie Portman, Robert Redford and Brad Pitt ...
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 25, 2002 - 18 comments

The Agitator

The Agitator prepares for a big day today. "My first anarcho-enviromentalist-anticapitalist protest. I sprang awake at 6:30am." Per Google, this is only the second thread in which an agitator has appeared.
posted by sheauga on Apr 20, 2002 - 16 comments

Isreal! Palestine! Humour!

Isreal! Palestine! Humour! Rumproast.com gives you the real solution to these war weary people! My favorite is the "Freaky Friday Peace Plan". I believe it addresses mideast violence the best. Dear mideast violence. How are you? I am fine.
posted by Settle on Apr 15, 2002 - 7 comments

Jay Mohr sells Pete Rose's chewed gum on eBay.

Jay Mohr sells Pete Rose's chewed gum on eBay. There's no satire like self-satire, is there? ESPN talk-show host Jay Mohr had Pete Rose chew a piece on air, took it from him ("I have to touch it so I can tell the story," he said (more or less)), put it in a beaker that Rose then signed, and is now selling it on eBay to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It's currently at -- no kidding -- US $1,050.00.
posted by mattpfeff on Apr 9, 2002 - 11 comments

Yeah, but will Madonna sing the theme as well as Shirley Bassey?

Yeah, but will Madonna sing the theme as well as Shirley Bassey? In a surprising turn of events, it looks like the third Austin Powers movie will indeed get to use the name "Goldmember", a spoof of the 1964 007 flick named "Goldfinger" (follow-up to this thread).
posted by WolfDaddy on Apr 9, 2002 - 20 comments

Dubya Goes to War

Dubya Goes to War I know the ridicule of Dubya is getting a bit old and tired, but this made me smile. (Found via Zeldman)
posted by crustygeek on Apr 3, 2002 - 9 comments

The Onion's lead story

The Onion's lead story this week is about as succinct an indictment of the drug war as you can get. "If you are paying taxes and keeping your yard tidy, we're not going to hassle you if you come home from a hard day of work and want to enjoy a little pot or blow. But if, on the other hand, you're one of these lazy, shiftless types hanging out on the street all day looking for your next high, we're coming after you."
posted by McBain on Mar 26, 2002 - 18 comments

Empire burlesque: Iraq invasion through the looking glass -

Empire burlesque: Iraq invasion through the looking glass - "MECCA, March 22, 2005 -- President Osama B. Laden today called for a 'regime change' in the United States, saying the military dictatorship led by unelected strongman George Walker Bush 'is an ever-present threat to world peace.'" Spot on or way off, I found it amusing, in a whistling-past-the-graveyard way, at least. (piece originally appeared in The Moscow Times)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 23, 2002 - 29 comments

Six months that changed a year

Six months that changed a year -- Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci take on 9/11 with predictably dark and comic results... '9/11: The planes strike - as Martin Amis memorably describes them - 'sleeking in like harsh metal ducklings'. Tony Blair publicly drains every drop of blood from his wife to help the injured of New York. Taking his time, George W. Bush formulates a measured response - which turns out to be the most expensive bollocking ever unleashed against shepherds.'
posted by LMG on Mar 17, 2002 - 35 comments

weapons of teeny boo-boos?

weapons of teeny boo-boos? and now for something completely different. Weapons of mass destruction are so twentieth century.....
posted by johnnyboy on Feb 22, 2002 - 3 comments

The Society for the Prevention of Art Monstrosities

The Society for the Prevention of Art Monstrosities - for those who like their satire cerebral.
posted by chrisgregory on Feb 20, 2002 - 3 comments

"Don't touch our monkey, Frau Bleucher. We know the people running your server."

"Don't touch our monkey, Frau Bleucher. We know the people running your server." Acme Vaporware is "Hell-bent on World Domination". The site offers (amongst other things) a Feng Shui TorpoFluxometer that "enables anyone to instantly determine which direction to orient their network for chi optimization". and an AcmeVaporware TorpOracular Tech-Tarot System that is "is incredibly rich in Data-Transport Reality-Archetype symbolism". What more does the modern network administrator need?
posted by biscotti on Feb 13, 2002 - 1 comment

The B-list of bad has an axis to grind --

The B-list of bad has an axis to grind -- According to one of Canada's national newspapers, Libya, China and Syria today announced they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil," which they said would be way eviller than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President George W. Bush warned of in his State of the Union address.

Not only was this article in the paper today, it actually made the front page.
posted by heybate on Feb 6, 2002 - 11 comments

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE EVIL IS BAD, SURVEY SAYS

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE EVIL IS BAD, SURVEY SAYS Andy Borowitz is rapidly becoming the best political satirist on the web. More frequent than The Onion, and more wide-ranging in his humor than Tom Tomorrow, this guy is becoming a must-read for left-leaning humor. All three great sources of political humor beg the question of why cartoonists and humorists seem better capable of attacking conservatism than liberal politicians or pundits?
posted by mattpusateri on Feb 6, 2002 - 25 comments

George Saunders imagines the future of advertising:

George Saunders imagines the future of advertising: "But Teddy of course did not see Gene Kelly, Gene Kelly not being one of his Preferences, but instead saw his hero Babar, swinging a small monkey on his trunk while saying that his data indicated that Teddy did not yet own a Nintendo." Hilarious Vonnegut-like short fiction.
posted by BT on Jan 25, 2002 - 9 comments

On the implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor.

On the implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor. [From McSweeney's]
posted by adrober on Jan 10, 2002 - 45 comments

Like cranberry sauce on turkey.... if the cranberry sauce had been sitting open on the counter for a week...

Like cranberry sauce on turkey.... if the cranberry sauce had been sitting open on the counter for a week... Already had a snootful of cloying, pre-fab Christmas Cheer? Some good old black humor is what you need! Neil Swaab, creator of the anti-Pooh, Mr. Wiggles, has posted an excerpt from his tome "I Got Pregnant Off A Pity F*** And Now My Kid Looks Like Jerry Springer: A Book About Kids"
posted by BGM on Dec 25, 2001 - 4 comments

Should this country

Should this country be our next target in the war on terrorism? hmmmmm...
posted by bunnyfire on Dec 22, 2001 - 42 comments

White Rap Revisited:

White Rap Revisited: Following up on last month's discussion, here's the reader blowback from "N. Bedford Crouch's" article, featuring confirmation of the put-on and a tip of the pen to Metafilter.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 17, 2001 - 2 comments

American Crusade 2001 Trading Cards

American Crusade 2001 Trading Cards Now it's easy to keep track of Good and Evil.
posted by dack on Nov 7, 2001 - 9 comments

The 2002 Demotivators

The 2002 Demotivators are great! My personal favorite is Arrogance but then again they're all good. I have 1 of the 2000 series that I still get alot of comments on... maybe I'll get another?
posted by tilt on Oct 24, 2001 - 7 comments

Spamthrax!

Spamthrax! Anthrax via e-mail? Don't panic, it's from SatireWire.
posted by ferris on Oct 20, 2001 - 9 comments

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