Weltanschauung has two u’s!
January 12, 2022 2:36 PM   Subscribe

In December 2020, George Meyer—once called "the funniest man on the funniest show on TV by the New Yorker—launched a new online comedy enterprise, Frogs & Turtles. It consists of two pages of occasionally-updated humorous bits, one of which is called Frogs, and the other of which is called Turtles. In many ways it's reminiscent of his old publication Army Man, which was the birthplace of a shocking number of American comedy greats (previously here, and miraculously archived in its entirety on Tumblr). Come for the groundbreaking next-level web design, stay for the... frogs and turtles, I guess.
posted by rorgy (36 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
 
(oops, I omitted a quote mark—please forgive me!)
posted by rorgy at 2:37 PM on January 12


This is like the opposite of doomscrolling. Or mayhaps the antidote.
Either way, it's worth a look.
posted by chavenet at 2:56 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]


So far there's nothing I don't love about this. Thanks for posting!
posted by obloquy at 4:06 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


7 giggles, 9 smirks, 11 hmphs, 13 snorts and 2 guffaws.
There's some good stuff in there, and that was just the frogs part.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 4:14 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


7 giggles, 9 smirks, 11 hmphs, 13 snorts and 2 guffaws.

Yet no chortles? Hmmm...
posted by Splunge at 4:30 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Oh my, such sensible chuckles to be had.
I much prefer the turtles.
Thank you.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:38 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


"We could learn a lot from geese, if they knew anything."
I am going to be casually repeating this to complete strangers until they put me in the ground.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:39 PM on January 12 [12 favorites]


Toidy, toid.
posted by Oyéah at 5:20 PM on January 12


"We could learn a lot from geese, if they knew anything."
I am going to be casually repeating this to complete strangers until they put me in the ground.


I'm going to be casually repeating this to birders I know in semi-appropriate situations until they don't invite me to go birding with them anymore.
posted by mollweide at 5:28 PM on January 12 [8 favorites]


Maplenog?
posted by Literaryhero at 5:34 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


'GUNDY: No, Your Honor. And you’ll notice, I never say there is. My sign doesn’t say, “Come drive through a tree.” It merely celebrates the legacy, and the fighting spirit, of the drive-thru tree.'

Let us all celebrate the legacy and the fighting spirit of
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:50 PM on January 12


“STAR PILE!” — Contestants must race up a vast heap of celebrities in shoes made of butter.

This I would watch.
posted by mollweide at 5:53 PM on January 12


The humor is corny and utterly replaced by Twitter etc. But I love the graphics.
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:57 PM on January 12


This is great. The humor is cumulative and the funny gets compounded the more content you consume.

A++++ Would laugh again.
posted by jeremias at 6:03 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


This is a totally outrageous paradigm. Proactive, even.
posted by credulous at 6:30 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Excuse me, but 'proactive,' and 'paradigm?' Aren't those just buzzwords dumb people use to sound important?
posted by fedward at 6:41 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


It's an incredible realization that one person could replace most of Twitter.
posted by clockwork at 6:45 PM on January 12 [6 favorites]


That Koolhaas bit. I’m dead.
posted by q*ben at 6:50 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


This reminds me of a special period of late-80s or turn-of-the-90s humor writing, of which I can't seem to summon for examples. I'll see what my dreams bring me tonight.
posted by rhizome at 6:53 PM on January 12


The humor is cumulative and the funny gets compounded the more content you consume.

Yeah, my experience of this was similar to my original experience of Army Man, in that I started off and was like "Aw, this is quaint, in an oldies slightly-lame kind of way!" Then I got further, and started thinking, "You know, it's neat that he's just letting himself go for these jokes without restraint, and they ARE pretty amusing." Then, at some point, I glanced at it and somehow it had become one of the funniest things I'd ever stumbled upon.

It's like a magic trick. I'd kill to know how he does that.
posted by rorgy at 6:54 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]


This reminds me very much of Mason Williams' (yes, of "Classical Gas" "fame") writing in The Mason Williams Reading Matter and FLAVORS, which I pulled off of my dad's bookshelf some summer in my early teens, when I was spending my requisite summer weeks at his house on the farm in the middle of nowhere because I'd run out of other things to read. Bits of his poetry still flit through my head from time to time.
posted by jferg at 7:21 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]


It's turtles! All the way down!!
posted by manageyourexpectations at 7:37 PM on January 12


“Weltanschauung” has FOUR “u”s
posted by librosegretti at 7:48 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]


Jack Handy's blog is superb!
posted by DeepSeaHaggis at 8:04 PM on January 12 [3 favorites]


In that New Yorker article link, I am not sure if they introduce it as “the television show ‘The Simpsons’” because the Simpsons hadn’t become quite culturally pervasive by the year 2000, or because it already had but the New Yorker was desperately trying to maintain the pretense that its readership may be too sophisticated and aloof to pay attention to pop culture.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:08 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: the funny gets compounded the more content you consume
posted by hippybear at 9:08 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]


librosegretti: it took me a good long while, but I got there.
posted by hippybear at 9:21 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


And now it's time for Deeeeper Thooooughts ... by George Meyer.

"Juxtapose" has gotta be my favorite word that starts with "juxta."

This has been Deeeeper Thoooooughts ... by George Meyer.
posted by not_on_display at 9:25 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


It also recalls the cumulative effect of Dave Secretary's stories where one story was cute, a few were very funny but the more you read, the closer you got to shortness of breath and crying at your desk
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:54 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]


Every time I click on some new web thing released by a comedian who deeply influenced my sense of humor, I beseech the universe that they haven’t gone reactionary.

Thank goodness George Meyer is still just a goofball who wants to make people laugh.
posted by Kattullus at 11:41 PM on January 12 [2 favorites]


I liked this even more as a reward at the end of this (looong but brilliant) comment. Like watching cartoons after doing your homework :p
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 4:28 AM on January 13 [2 favorites]


been sharing this madly, thank you rorgy!!
posted by elkevelvet at 7:39 AM on January 13


Metafilter: Both books say you should work the labonza.
posted by Billiken at 9:04 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]


Maplenog?

The correct answer was clearly Nog, son of Rom.
posted by Jawn at 9:18 AM on January 13


I love that one of the jokes in the Frogs section is riffing off this story.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:36 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: the funny gets compounded the more content you consume

on that tip, this is a great askME from about a year ago.

What are some things that make you laugh every time you think of them?

found via this recent META: Best AskMe's of 2021
posted by philip-random at 6:28 PM on January 13 [3 favorites]


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