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Comment author: anonym 27 January 2011 08:07:44AM 1 point [-]

I didn't know it like that, but I agree that it's better. The version I first read in the early to mid nineties was much longer than this one though, and his achievements at quick wit retort just went on and on from one unbelievable accomplishment to the next -- which of course makes the punch line that much funnier. The version I remember was also quite elegantly written, which made the crudeness of the last line that much funnier.

Comment author: dclayh 27 January 2011 05:34:10PM 1 point [-]

Yes, that's how it should be.

Comment author: Broggly 26 January 2011 09:16:27PM 3 points [-]

Given that "Why did the chicken cross the road?" is considered the prototypical joke, anti-humour is pretty popular. You may say that a man with an orange for a head is more inherently funny than a chicken, but I would refer you to D Zongker 2006

Comment author: dclayh 27 January 2011 06:15:43AM 2 points [-]

Oh, a paper written in chicken. (PLIF was a great comic, incidentally.)

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Comment author: nazgulnarsil 26 January 2011 08:01:25AM 7 points [-]

it suddenly occurred to me that many LWers might not be familiar with the longest joke in the world. I loved it.


Comment author: dclayh 27 January 2011 06:03:40AM 1 point [-]

Ah, a particularly involved shaggy-dog story.

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Comment author: anonym 27 January 2011 04:45:04AM 4 points [-]

I thought it was a bit funny, or meta-funny perhaps. It reminds me a little of the following, which is one of my favorite jokes: http://www.miraclesalad.com/blog/archives/2006/09/quick_wit_retor.php

Comment author: dclayh 27 January 2011 06:01:42AM 4 points [-]

That joke is like the Aristocrats insofar as it's an opportunity for improvisation (at as great a length as you can get away with). Also analogously, I've usually heard it as the "'Fuck you, clown' joke" (or just the "clown joke" if you really care about spoilarz).

And in the versions I've heard, the clown calls the guy down to the stage, and asks "Sir, are you a horse's head?" "No." "Are you a horse's leg?" "No." "Are you a horse's tail?" "No." "Well then, it seems to me that you must be a horse's ass!" which is both funnier (to me) and (importantly) longer.

Comment author: Acrinoe 26 January 2011 03:30:56AM 9 points [-]


Hermione is very much correct. If she wants to play the hero, she needs to level up.

Hermione Skills- photographic memory, high intelligence, fast learner, high level of spell casting ability. No Patronus capability (although her minions might) Minions - several capable Sunshine luitenents, Ms. McGonigal (not very forthcoming with aid) Magic items - magic bag of holding

Harry Skills - high intelligence. Natural Occlumens. Patronus 2.0 capability. Partial Transfiguration capability. Rational thinking and scientific methods. Highly intuitive with lateral thinking. Knowledge of various Muggle technologies. Parseltongue language Minions/Allies - Chaos Lieutenant Longbottom, Lesath Lestrange, Bella Lestrange, Prof. Quirrell, Prof. Dumbeldor (not very forthcoming with aid), Prof. McGonagal (somewhat forthcoming with aid), Fawkes (?), Santa (?) Magic / Items - Deathly Hallow Cloak, Time Turner, Wealth (limited access), Chest of holding, Bag of holding, various Muggle tech artifacts (batteries, arc welder, ...)

Draco Skills – high intelligence. Patronus. Learning rational thinking and scientific methods. Trained manipulator.
Minions / Allies – Lucius Malfoy, Prof. Snape, Prof. Quirrell, Dragon Lieutenant Crab and Goyle (martial artist and skilled flyer), Slytherin network, Magic / Items – Wealth

Hermione should focus on improving her skill set. Researching into higher level spells and using her current spells in novel ways. Maybe she should read Harry's note to try and gain Patronus 2.0 capability.

She should acquire more allies and minions. Acquire a familiar (the bigger and badder the better...like a Fawkes or Naga equivalent). Get more effort out of her Luitenants and use thier resources. Maybe go the canon route and develop the House Elfs as allies. She should lobby for advanced classes and befriend higher year students as well.

She should actively seek to aquire or enchant some magic items to enhance her combat capabilities. Lieutenant Wesley should really be brought to task with acquiring some Zonko product from his brothers for the war effort.

Comment author: dclayh 26 January 2011 10:06:37PM *  7 points [-]

For Draco, you forgot Knowledge: wizard society and Status: Noble and Most Ancient House.

ETA: And Status: Boy-Who-Lived for Harry, of course.

Comment author: dclayh 25 January 2011 05:54:38AM *  17 points [-]

Ch. 68:

Hermione wears makeup? On a regular basis?! Has this been mentioned before, in MoR or canon? Seems somewhat-to-very out of character to me.

ETA: Eliezer has now removed the reference.

Comment author: ata 16 January 2011 03:10:22AM 4 points [-]

SIAI-style uFAI fears

That's quite a stretch.

Comment author: dclayh 16 January 2011 08:17:58PM 1 point [-]

Admittedly the comic seems to assume malevolence rather than the more likely indifference...but it's still a comic about a self-improving superhuman intelligence that destroys humanity.

Comment author: dclayh 16 January 2011 02:59:59AM *  -2 points [-]

Yesterday's SMBC presents SIAI-style uFAI fears as essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Comment author: CronoDAS 04 January 2011 05:07:19PM 6 points [-]

Chapter 65:

Should Harry believe what Quirrell told him about the destination of the Portkey?

Comment author: dclayh 05 January 2011 02:05:56AM 5 points [-]

I was more interested in Quirrell's statement about the note. Have we seen evidence before that the lawyer/genie style of not-technically-lying is particularly relevant in the magical world? Veritaserum, perhaps?

Comment author: Kutta 03 January 2011 09:20:17AM 8 points [-]

Repetitions of these chores are troublesome, but it’s the very essence of any kind of job I’m aware of (…) It’s very easy to serve good ramen just once, but to keep making them well and not bore customers… it’s difficult.

--Hayao Miyazaki

Comment author: dclayh 03 January 2011 09:57:34PM 12 points [-]

Cf. the Peter de Blanc tweet

As soon as you notice a pattern in your work, automate it.

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