Category Archives: humor

Carrie Fisher cremated, ashes put in a Prozac-shaped urn

The sad death of Carrie Fisher (and her mother Debbie Reynolds on the next day) is leavened by one bit of humor. After Fisher was cremated, her ashes were put in an urn shaped like a big Prozac pill.  Fisher was well known to have suffered from bipolar disorder, and didn’t hide it at all. […]

Election day diversions

by Greg Mayer Here in the U.S. it’s election day, and Americans are going to the polls to vote (many have already cast ballots in early voting). To divert you while awaiting the results (we’re expecting them at 3:00 PM Chicago time), here are a couple of items. First, the following photo is of identical […]

The laws of cartoon physics

To end the week, we have a lovely post that gives the cartoon laws of physics, whose author is, sadly, unknown. But they’re hilarious, and if you’re of a certain age you’ll recognize them all. Here they are; I’ve put my favorites in bold. Cartoon Law I Any body suspended in space will remain in […]

Comedy wildlife awards

I can’t recall a contest of wildlife photographs that concentrated on their comedic aspect. But that’s what the Guardian has done with its new post “The Comedy Wildlife Photography awards—in pictures“. And there’s some swell and hilarious photos of our animal friends. I’ll show a short selection, but head on over for a smile. Captions […]

God gets email

I may have posted this a long time ago, but I found it recently and so here it is. It’s God’s inbox at his Celestial computer. You can clearly date this by the topics and senders.

Nerdy science jokes (?)

Stressed out about Special Snowflakes? Unwind with some humor from BuzzFeed: nerdy science jokes.  There are 22, but I’ll give just four. The article notes that only the “nerdiest science nerds” will understand them, but I take strong issue with that. And it’s by Tom Chivers, once a respectable journalist who appears to have now been […]

Woody Guthrie’s New Years Rulin’s

by Matthew Cobb You may have seen this – it’s been going the rounds for a few years now, but it hasn’t been posted here before. Here are Woody’s new year resolutions for 1943. [JAC: he was 30.] They all seem pretty good to me, notably #3. Click to enlarge. JAC: I’ve added a transcript […]

DNA: optimised source code?

by Matthew Cobb There’s a great XKCD up today (click to embiggen, I’ve had to shrink it to not bump into the ads): I initially tw**ted this with the comment “Truth. Biology is impossible”, because the cartoon emphasises that the information DNA contains is way more complicated than most non-biologists imagine. It’s a classic mistake […]

Wikipedia makes a biological funny

This came from a tw**t by Academia Obscura, though I haven’t yet found the page on Wikipedia. Can you spot the humor? (See below if you missed it.) h/t: Matthew Cobb (who’s “out of the country on University business”) . . . I find it hilarious:

Lip-reading the first Democratic debate

On August 23 I posted a hilarious lip-reading take on the first Republican debate, and now we have one from the Democrats. It’s pretty good, though I think the Republican one is a bit funnier. Maybe it’s my bias, but Clinton’s genital-shooting drawing can’t match Ben Carson’s song “One Wittle Wee-Wee”(4:12 here). h/t: Blue