Monday, May 7, 2007

A Rare Breed?

As one that has always had some level of skepticism in joining the blogging community, either as an author or an active reader, I must say that some of the blogs I've read this week have been not only impressive, but downright hilarious. I've been of the opinion for awhile that many of the active writers in the blogging community, many close friends included, and perhaps even specifically, tend to be socially pretentious and more interested in sounding intellectual and demonstrating what they believe to be their superior viewpoints than actually effecting the changes which they profess to aspire towards. It was for this reason that I've held such a skeptical view, never really having much interest in participating in a blog or reading others' with any serious loyalty.

Some of the examples that I've browsed through this week have been not only interesting, but also rather innovative, while I've also found some that seem to meet the expectations I previously held. The blog that I found the most entertaining was one that seemed to break away from the traditional model, simply offering humor that actually made me interested in reading this site for a good 45 minutes before I realized that I had to keep skimming others. The site was transformed into a book, and it is merely a collection of the remarkably asinine things that the author and contributors overheard everyday people say in the public sphere. I can be a rather cynical person when it comes to failed attempts at humor, but to be honest, some of these were just hilarious. The humor behind them is only amplified by each reader's ability to recognize moments in life where he or she has heard equally rediculous comments and had trouble believing what their ears had picked up. Perhaps some examples would better illustrate what I mean...

From the section "Isn't That Nice?" in the Classic Quotes section ( ):

Chick #1: Omigod, like, if I like your earrings, why should I tell someone else I like your earrings? I should just tell you.
Chick #2: Omigod, I'm just like that too. But really it's because I love getting compliments.
Chick #1: Omigod! Me, too! It's the only reason why I say nice things to other people.

--33rd & 6th

Overheard by: Mary Beth Hanlon


From the section "Parve Wednesday One Liners" also from the Classic Quotes section:

Guy on cell: You deserve a gold Jewish Star of David!...Did you swallow?...Yeah, that's true, one step at a time.


Overheard by: SEM

From the section "She Sounds Very Pretty Herself" in Classic Quotes:

Girl #1: I'm funny.
Girl #2: No you're not.
Girl #1: Yes I am. Everyone says I'm hilarious.
Girl #2: Of course they do. That's because you aren't pretty.

--Virgin, Union Square

Overheard by: djlindee

The page is filled with examples, many of them setting the bar higher than the one before. If you have some spare time, read this web page; it's actually a funny site that will bring you entertainment that doesn't feel like work, which if you ask me, is something of a rarity to find in classes.

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