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some of which is very funny, some of which is quite raunchy, and some which is both:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/efee7/what_are_your_favorite_culturally_untranslateable/?sort=confidence

(I don't often get to use the tags 'linguistics' and 'humor' together. This may actually be the first time.)
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or at least their web server:

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/10/22/sears-reaches-out-to.html

I have no particular fondness for the zombie trope, but I have to give Sears credit for this.

(Or a disgruntled and possibly undead web server admin. One of those.)
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Maybe not:

http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614.html

A very funny "review" of World War II which emphasizes the repeated failures of realism from a narrative standpoint. E.g.:

Not that the good guys are much better. Their leader, Churchill, appeared in a grand total of one episode before, where he was a bumbling general who suffered an embarrassing defeat to the Ottomans of all people in the Battle of Gallipoli. Now, all of a sudden, he's not only Prime Minister, he's not only a brilliant military commander, he's not only the greatest orator of the twentieth century who can convince the British to keep going against all odds, he's also a natural wit who is able to pull out hilarious one-liners practically on demand. I know he's supposed to be the hero, but it's not realistic unless you keep the guy at least vaguely human.
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http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

Probably the funniest "our company just got bought out!" letter-to-employees that I've ever seen. I hope it works out for them.
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur: If I had a warning label, what would it say?

And just because I love these warning labels so much: http://www.lifeboat.com/ex/warning.signs.for.tomorrow
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Star Wars Uncut: what happens when someone gets the looney tunes idea to recreate the original movie, shot-for-shot...crowdsourced.
http://www.starwarsuncut.com/trailer

Japanese cafe service as performance art:
http://www.cabel.name/2009/09/kashiwa-mystery-cafe.html

Ornithology as performance art...in reverse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T1vfsHYiKY

And to finish up, a music video involving Carl Sagan and autotuning...which is much cooler than it sounds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc
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http://acephalous.typepad.com/acephalous/2009/09/distance-learning.html

So been there. I can still hear in my head the BRRRRRRRIINNNNNGGG of the kitchen timer that I used, at one point, in a desperate attempt to get the amount of time I was spending grading assignments down to a manageable level (i.e., one in which I could actually do the work I was also getting paid for, for my other 50%-time job, rather than spending 80 hours a week on grading alone).

gaaaaaaaahhh.
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...on surface of moon in large lunar soundstages:
http://www.vgg.com/tr/tr_102201_moon.html

heh. :)
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This is not at all new--it's from 2004--but I figured, what the hell, I'd never seen it. So here, /., have some more PageRank. And maybe one of you all will enjoy this:

http://interviews.slashdot.org/interviews/04/10/20/1518217.shtml?tid=192&tid=214&tid=126&tid=11

I sure did. :)
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and has some amusing and cogent things to say about jocks and nerds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7996852.stm

One has to give props to the BBC science editor for letting that title through.

Don't remember where I found this, but I do remember the person linking to it invoking Time Bandits, so I'll pass that along for the Gilliam fans.

Personally, however, especially since this involves the theft of mass from a helium star, I get a mental image of a dwarf sucking in massive amounts of helium, eventually saying in a squeaky voice (realizing his impending {d,b}oom) "OH, SHIT!" and then exploding.

You're welcome.
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Screw Wolverine*, here's a better origin story that has the virtue of being in large part actually true (if perhaps visually exaggerated for comic effect): http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-the-origin-2/

On reflection, she may be the closest match to Agatha Heterodyne that's actually existed in our history. Kind of scary, that.

*I figured that that suggestion ought to be popular, anyway--at least if we're talking about Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. :)
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*points up*
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http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/20/revealed-where-babie.html

That's not quite how I remember it, but maybe I was paying attention to the wrong things again.

Looking forward to showing this to Corwin. :)
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"North Korea: we do NOT throw things. I want you to apologize to Japan and take a time out."

This is, as [livejournal.com profile] karjack--and rarely has it been so appropriate!--comedy plutonium. :)
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http://xkcd.com/556/

I've read John Christopher's Tripod books. I may not be able to look at windmills the same way again.

The conclusion, though, is just brilliant.

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