Fun talk:Boycott jokes

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Ok, that was funny! :-D Contestant #1, the Pope vs. Moishele. hehehe... Refugeetalk page 15:30, 8 August 2008 (EDT)

Seconded! XD --Sid 15:33, 8 August 2008 (EDT)
Bah. That's only 1/10 as funny without the gestures. --Kels 00:27, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
I know it was a seriously long joke, but the gestures really set up the punchline - how about creating a section for Marathon Jokes and leave the original? -SpinyNorman 11:12, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
Still wins though, and 7 (Empire State Building) is good too. My jokes are phail on a stick, so I'll leave it to others unless you can persuade me otherwise. Totnesmartin 04:06, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
Strange, I liked almost all the minus-rated jokes and found lame the ones with a high rating, incl. the Moishele one (sorry). My sense of humour must be quite distorted by RW standards. (Editor at) CP:no intelligence allowed 11:02, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
And no, as good as these jokes are, none of them beats the original (WIGO and everything CP). Who put so long a boycott?!? (Editor at) CP:no intelligence allowed 11:03, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
I dunno. I can't say I've seen a lot of positive effect out of any of the boycotts, in fact. --Kels 11:55, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
I'd say keep the boycott, but nominate one person to look over the fence and see what's going on once in a while. WDeans 14:35, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
You know what's fun? Getting used to "life without Andy" and then going back after a week or two. Stupidity is best when served fresh! ħumanUser talk:Human 22:37, 9 August 2008 (EDT)

My two pence worth. Ultimately, I think it's misguided. RW is largely a one-trick site (Conservapedia-bashing). The way to expand it is to leverage that audience across to other areas. It seems crazy to me that, just after launching a bunch of other WIGOs, you'd then shut down one of the main sources of traffic to the site for two weeks. On the flip side, I'm not really sure what the aim of the game is. If the admins didn't want to read WIGO, then they could have just not read it for a couple weeks. Shutting it down isn't going to stop a lot of other people checking on CP from time to time (as I do on several sites are useful for blogging material), and so I don't really see the point. There seems to be a general lack of focus here on what it is that you want to build/achieve. The Lay Scientist 10:46, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

What is interesting is the impact on both sites' traffic, according to Alexa. CP shows a marked decline (interestingly starting 29 July), but RW seems to move in synch.Probably indicates that a lack of WIGO, results in people waiting until it's up again before visiting RW and by extension CP --PsyGremlinWhut? 10:09, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
I think the useful part of a boycott is what you just pointed out, Psy. Andy proudly updates every increase in CP's page views as if each one is from a potential true-believer who just had his eyes opened to "the truth". The reality is that a huge amount of those page views are from WIGO and others looking for lulz, not "conservative insights". Having the CP traffic spike down with an announced RW boycott says a lot about Andy's viewership base.
In retrospect, though, I regret my suggestion to have the boycott coincide with the Olympics for the same reason. It made for a good joke at the time, but makes it hard to tell how much of CP's traffic drop is related to the boycott or people watching the Olympics instead. One way to find out would be to end the boycott early and watch CP's traffic spike even though the Olympics are still underway. --SpinyNorman 10:41, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
It's also worth pointing out that web traffic is very seasonal - if you look at ScienceBlogs for example, you'll see their traffic has slumped to pathetic (by their standards) levels in July/August. At any rate, I guess my wider discomfort with RationalWiki is what this place is really supposed to be for. On the face of it, it's a chat site, and now they've closed the main chat room, and I don't really get why. The Lay Scientist 12:56, 12 August 2008 (EDT)


I can't believe my topical Olympics joke was voted down to -5. Is there no space on RW for using satire to ram home the point about how disgusting these Olympics have been for human rights? Pfft. The Lay Scientist 15:01, 9 August 2008 (EDT)

Probably because it just wasn't funny? ħumanUser talk:Human 22:37, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
Since when did jokes have to be funny?! That's like saying poetry has to rhyme! The Lay Scientist 13:29, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
Poetry has to rhyme. <font=""; face="Comic Sans MS">Jellyfish!</font>If I had to choose between the continued possibility of nothing happening and of doing nothing, I would unquestionably choose the latter. 11:22, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
This is true. Jokes are sometimes fun to tell though perhaps not funny to hear. Part of the fun of jokes is the chance to torture your audience -- a groan is nearly as good as a laugh. Exasperate me!Sheesh!Not the most impressive contributor here 11:16, 11 August 2008 (EDT)


  • *Inspects cobwebs*. So how's the boycott going then? The Lay Scientist 15:03, 9 August 2008 (EDT)
Interesting use of a ass-terisk there. I haven't been to CP for a while, except to edit my user page to say I'll be away. How's it working for you? ħumanUser talk:Human 22:37, 9 August 2008 (EDT)

a drunk walks into a bar . . .[edit]

minus five?!?! You folks are entirely humorless! Go back to your whoopee cushions and your rubber noses Exasperate me!Sheesh!Not the most impressive contributor here 09:46, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

I know, I know... *sobs* The Lay Scientist 13:30, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

Four sprung duck technique?[edit]

I don't get it. I guess it has to do with the German accent. I've tried saying it every which-way but to no avail . . . Exasperate me!Sheesh!Not the most impressive contributor here 18:17, 10 August 2008 (EDT)

I'm German, and while I knew the double meaning of the last line, I had to use Google to get the "somewhat obscure" (*cough*) reference. Explanation below, but I set the background to black so you don't accidentally get spoilered. Just highlight it to read:
It's indeed connected to the German accent. "Four Sprung Duck Technique" sounds almost the same as a heavily accented version of the German words "Vorsprung durch Technik" ("Advancement/head-start through technology"). What makes the reference so obscure is that this is also the motto of Audi, the German car manufacturer. You can also read the (English) Wikipedia entry on "Vorsprung durch Technik" for more info.
All in all, I actually love this joke. It makes you laugh (though in a "...vot?" way) even when you don't really get the punchline. --Sid 19:48, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
So, who added the Audi joke? ħumanUser talk:Human 20:41, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
Very funny! In the UK its one of the few german phrases in common use. Everybody knows it from the audi adverts. Is it not so common elsewhere? Marghanita Laski 21:27, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
I think it is in some Audi ads here, I never see them (I watch poor people's TV). However, I encountered it a decade ago on an Audi mailing list. Been fixing and driving them for 20-odd years. ħumanUser talk:Human 21:39, 10 August 2008 (EDT)
This one was my addition. Coming from the UK, where Audis are almost as commonplace as they are in Germany, and the adverts are on TV all the time (at least on Channel 4 and Five - couldn't comment about ITV or Sky), I just assumed that "Vorsprung durch Technik" was a universally well-known phrase. Bondurant 04:21, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
I've never heard it before. I can't recall ever seeing an Audi ad on TV. Once the joke is explained , it's funny, I guess. Not as funny as MY entries . . . but still . . . Exasperate me!Sheesh!Not the most impressive contributor here 10:44, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
I don't watch TV, so I never saw the phrase in use before (or at least I don't remember it). Didn't know it was in current use in non-German countries, though! --Sid 14:32, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

Piss poor jokes[edit]

We are able to scour the entirety of the intertubes and these are the best jokes we can find? I'll give it one moer shot then I'll quit. (Full disclosure: the only thing I added was the firstest surreal joke and formating on another.) CЯacke® 09:57, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

And the winner is...[edit]

Well if the Boycott's over, what happens to this page? Does it just drift on, forever unfinished until a bored RWer goes through all the Fun: pages in three months time? Totnesmartin 17:26, 19 August 2008 (EDT)

I think it's ok to just leave it flopping around on the shore. HDD space is plentiful, and if no one looks at it, there's no bandwidth consumed. What I like is that the title sounds like a command: "Boycott jokes! (now!)" ħumanUser talk:Human 19:10, 19 August 2008 (EDT)
My question is, if and when we have an awards ceremony, what do we play for an anthem? --SpinyNorman 00:27, 21 August 2008 (EDT)
The Star Au Bless the Marseilles? (Feel free to improov!) ħumanUser talk:Human 00:37, 21 August 2008 (EDT)
I must be getting overtired and loopy, because the two coolest themes I'd love to play at an award ceremony are:
  • If hard-fought & competitive, Darth Vader's Empire March - it's soooo in-your-face!
  • For goodwill all around, Linus & Lucy.
--SpinyNorman 00:45, 21 August 2008 (EDT)
Are we going to get a prettier Chinese girl to sing or stick with the ugly chinese girl? --US-O11 insignia.svg Gen. S.T. Shrink Is this lulz inducing? 00:48, 21 August 2008 (EDT)
Hey, I sunged it, why can't I be in the video?! ħumanUser talk:Human 01:11, 21 August 2008 (EDT)


The things we used to get up to. Sophiebecause liberals 21:14, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

I shouldn't be reading these in class, should I? Peter This is not my first temporal anomaly 21:40, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
Repeat after me: Do you want fries with that? Sophiebecause liberals 22:07, 18 July 2012 (UTC)