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Michael Meister 11-02-2006 12:05 AM

Do Americans lack humor
 
or is it just incompatible with the old world?

Often, when I talk to my English mates, they mention, that they get serious philosophical answer on posts in this humor section, mainly by US Americans, though the original post was only meant to be fun.

So are we different? If you do feel the need to answer seriously, please do it at least in a satirical way ;)

Lee Mulgrew 11-02-2006 02:50 AM

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Quote:

Michael Meister wrote:
or is it just incompatible with the old world?

Often, when I talk to my English mates, they mention, that they get serious philosophical answer on posts in this humor section, mainly by US Americans, though the original post was only meant to be fun.

So are we different? If you do feel the need to answer seriously, please do it at least in a satirical way ;)

the problem arises because all Americans are either power mad plastic surgery junkies, rednecks or street hoodlums where as we Brits tend be tea drinking snobs in bowler hats or cockney street urchins selling our wares or sweeping chimney's! As a foreigner in our green and pleasant land I can forgive your ignorance of these matters as you are obviously not as wise as us Brits (we once ruled the world you know..... well, some of it anyway!) :D :p

happysod 11-02-2006 04:06 AM

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I blame the parents myself

Keith Gotschall 11-02-2006 06:09 AM

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Being an american in the UK, I find that half of the time I am still trying to work out what has been said, still working out the accent, the different language, etc. and then the topic has moved on!
Of course I can't claim such an excuse when I am reading!

To prove your point, a serious reply. The sense of humor is different, entirely. But we do get it and enjoy it. :)




Finish the joke- ...an aikidoka walks into a bar and........

Kyudos 11-02-2006 06:19 AM

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..... says 'Ouch!' ....?

RampantWolf 11-02-2006 06:20 AM

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Quote:

Keith Gotschall wrote:
Finish the joke- ...an aikidoka walks into a bar and........

...Orders a pint?

chris w 11-02-2006 06:22 AM

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you brits need to remember one thing, we kicked your ass in world war 2 and we'll do it again!

MM 11-02-2006 06:37 AM

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Quote:

Keith Gotschall wrote:

Finish the joke- ...an aikidoka walks into a bar and........

Must have been a fluffy bunny aikidoka because he failed miserably to blend with the bar. ;)

===

An aikidoka walks into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, I can't serve you here unless you are wearing a tie."

The man says, "Okay, I'll be right back," and goes to his car to find anything he can use for a tie. All he finds is a set of jumper cables, so he ties them around his neck, goes back in and asks, "How's this?"

The bartender replies, "Well, okay, but don't start anything."

===
(not an aikidoka joke, but ...)

A Scotsman is sitting in a bar in Cuba and is minding his business when a man with a large black beard walks in. The man goes to the bar and orders a shot of whisky. The bartender serves him, the man drinks the whisky then starts walking out the door. The bartender says, "Hey aren't you going to pay for that?" The man says, "Excuse me, Castro's Army." The bartender says, "Alright then" and the man leaves.

A few minutes later another man with a large black beard walks in. The man goes to the bar and orders a shot of whisky. The bartender serves him, the man drinks the whisky then starts walking out the door. The bartender says, "Hey aren't you going to pay for that?" The man says, "Excuse me, Castro's Army." The bartender says "Alright then" and the man leaves.

The Scotsman gets an idea and walks up to the bar and orders a shot of whisky. He drinks the whisky then starts walking out the door. The bartender says, "Hey aren't you going to pay for that?" The Scotsman says, "Excuse me, Castro's Army." The bartender says, "Hey where is your big black beard?" The Scotsman thinks quickly. He lifts his Kilt and says, "Secret Service!"

MikeLogan 11-02-2006 06:56 AM

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One of the best sources of humor between cultures of any sort is the language foibles.
You will not likely find of chain of stores called "Fanny Farmer" in Britain, now will you? It's a chocolatier.

On another note, our instructor is a Brit, and he finds us to be incredibly funny, I swear. Not funny 'ha-ha' per se, but more like funny looking.


Anyhow, to wreck myself and be serious, you should include some links to a few of these threads wherein some 'Murican is a touch too up on themselves.

At any rate, I'm not one to say that Britain has no sense of humour, nor cuisine.

[spoiler]Their cooking is a joke in itself!! ... Zing! [/spoiler]

JMCavazos 11-02-2006 07:25 AM

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Of Course, you have to say something funny!

vjw 11-02-2006 07:39 AM

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Quote:

Mike Logan wrote:
At any rate, I'm not one to say that Britain has no sense of humour, nor cuisine.

Their cooking is a joke in itself!! ... Zing!

Must be why we imported McDonald's into Britain!
[spoiler] Lets see if I can cook up something to test your sense of humour next time you turn up for class evileyes[/spoiler]

MikeLogan 11-02-2006 07:40 AM

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Though, I completely forgot about american beer. There, that's our joke to the world.

mike.

MikeLogan 11-02-2006 08:03 AM

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Are you suggesting this might be a good time for another 'out of town' interview? Heh. My ankle is sore for some odd reason, but without doubt we'll be there Friday night. Cheers.

Erick Mead 11-02-2006 09:35 AM

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Quote:

Lee Mulgrew wrote:
As a foreigner in our green and pleasant land I can forgive your ignorance of these matters as you are obviously not as wise as us Brits (we once ruled the world you know..... well, some of it anyway!) :D :p

I coulda swore y'all ruled that part where the sun never sets ... I forget where that is, exactly. Probably right next door to that place where it doesn't shine at all ...

(I would have used satire, but Doug & Dinsdale cornered the market a looong time ago ...) Lend us the claw hammer will ya -- these nails are really starting to muss my hair ...

Eric Webber 11-02-2006 10:08 AM

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Quote:

Ian Hurst wrote:
I blame the parents myself

Where as an American would blame whomever his shrink told him to blame...

Eric Webber 11-02-2006 10:10 AM

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[quote=Finish the joke- ...an aikidoka walks into a bar and........[/QUOTE]

...says, "No, no, no, that's not how we attack in my dojo. Attack this way..."

James Davis 11-02-2006 11:23 AM

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Quote:

Chris Willenbacher wrote:
you brits need to remember one thing, we kicked your ass in world war 2 and we'll do it again!

LOL! Nice. :p

SeiserL 11-02-2006 11:39 AM

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Yes, Americans (as representative people in general of all nationalities) tend to take themselves too seriously, give consciously constructive suggestions (even in a context that humor would more appropriate and possible helpful), and in general are trying (in intent at least) to help make a better world (including the art of Aikido).

Thanks for noticing. I don't think we get enough credit for this.

MikeLogan 11-02-2006 12:26 PM

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While truthful in it's optimism, and I am an optimist, I will for the moment regard the above post as finely crafted sarcasm. Unless you want me to take that seriously :) But since this thread was moved from humor to open discussion, I suppose it deserves more sincere attention. It might be a preference for not being mistaken online. Humor is hard to transmit via internet, and while the signal seems loud and clear when it leaves your keyboard, it deteriorates, and can end up unintentionally insulting. Something often avoided by aikidoka.

On the other hand, I've found that my sense for sarcasm as a form of humor went down the drain after a period of time in which I was able to participate in group zazen meditation. All the thinking and the experiencing of what is, now, tended to engender sincerity, and sincerity is essentially the oppsite of sarcasm.

Anyhow, don't hurt me, I didn't move it from the humor department!

michael.

Neil Mick 11-02-2006 12:39 PM

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Quote:

Lynn Seiser wrote:
Yes, Americans ...are trying (in intent at least) to help make a better world (including the art of Aikido).

Thanks for noticing. I don't think we get enough credit for this.

You're right: Abu Ghraib, Baghram, Guantanamo, and tossing out Habeas Corpus are our ways of telling the world that "we care." If the Spanish Inquisition was human society's stumbling attempts at sick humor: you could think of extroadinary rendition as our attempt at modernizing the knock-knock joke, with a helluva "punch"line ("Knock-knock." "Who's there?" *sounds of a door getting smashed in* "'Sounds of door getting smashed in,' who?") ;)

See...? You claim that we American's have no sense of humor; but we take our humor very seriously (just look at who we elected). When Bush said that he's a "uniter: not a divider," he was making his first steps in his valiant effort to mine the depths of irony.

Now, we will not sleep until we've steamrolled every single English word in our bid to "irony-out" terrorism! (see? We're great punsters, too!!) :crazy:

deepsoup 11-02-2006 03:39 PM

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Quote:

Neil Mick wrote:
Spanish Inquisition

I didn't expect that!

MikeLogan 11-02-2006 07:45 PM

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Ziing! (extra i for extra zing!)

Neil Mick 11-02-2006 08:19 PM

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Quote:

Sean Orchard wrote:
I didn't expect that!

that's because...

Wait for it....

NO one expects the SPANISH INQUISITION!!

Charlie 11-03-2006 12:40 AM

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Ha.

Guilty Spark 11-03-2006 12:48 AM

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Neil my friend you're really going to have to watch your back for those secret service dudes!

I don't think there is a topic in which you can't turn into a jab against Bush or the government - you've a gift to say the least ;)


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