September 07, 2005

Sense of humour failure

Oh dear,

I've barely started exploring the "strange but true" / "wry sideways look at life" / "are people really that stupid" ... genre and I've annoyed someone already. So I guess I'm doing something right?

Athene Aquinas seems to have taken offence at the Everything you ever heard about Germans and deckchairs is true... post

"Hmm, I see you like Germans..." the resident of Munich moans. They've obviously got the hump.

Actually no. I don't like Germans. But nor do I dislike Germans either (go visit Spain if you want to meet people who SERIOUSLY don't like Germans). I'm totally neutral.

The account of the idiot who tried to get rid of the spiders with a D.I.Y flame-thrower would have been equally hilarious, whatever the nationality involved. Stupidity transcends state borders. So the fact that a German was involved is totally irrelevant.

But, like it or not, you have to accept that when it comes to sun-loungers by the pool then Germans have a certain reputation. And they can hardly complain if their behaviour reinforces the prejudice.

Was I "taking the Michael" for pointing this out? A note for the linguistically challenged... If you don't understand "taking the Michael" then go ask a friendly local Oirish-man. And assuming that he doesn't come from there in the first place, he can probably tell you some cracking tales about how stupid the folk are in Kerry. Other people's idiocy is a lingua franca after all.

So is this stereotyping? Only if you are so politically correct you really shouldn't be here in the first place. Or is it, to borrow from the Strine, "ripping the piss"? Yep, you've got the idea. If you haven't managed at least a little smirk or grimace then you obviously live in Germany and are suffering an acute sense of humour failure.

And as my correspondent wrote

> "Under that same logic, Americans would then be like Michael Jackson or was it Mike Tyson?"

Had they bothered to read rather than jump to conclusions, they might have got the impression that I think there are quite a few idiot Mercuns out there too. See the Cheeseburger in Caseville post for a prime example.

And if they really think we Brits can't laugh at ourselves they've obviously ignored, or missed the point of, Elspeth is right

Fear not. I promise I won't be horrid to Germans / Americans / (insert nationality to suit) in the next post. Unless you're from Belgium. Because it is their turn next. You know that old question about "how many famous Belgians can you name"? Most people can manage two (maybe).

I've got another 11 to add to the list. Though whether they'll want to be reminded about their place in the "Hall of Fame" is moot. But mockery is the best form of humour, after all.

Watch this space.

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September 03, 2005

Elspeth is right

A pensioner who kept detailed records for more than 20 years on how many times he cut the grass has had them used as part of a major study on climate change.

David Grisenthwaite has made a note of every time he used his mower at his home in Kirkcaldy since 1984. He began recording the time and date of every occasion he cut the grass simply for the fun of it. “It all started when the Woodland Trust were looking for people to take part in a little ecological study," he said. "I just kept on going. I would make a note of when I’d cut the lawn and, of course, when you do it once you have to do it again. And once you’ve done it for a year you have to do another year to make a comparison with the last one. It only takes a second and it would be unforgivable to forget."

He also records how much garden waste he shreds and has memorised the bus timetables for Cumbria from the present day (not a lot of use when you are living in Scotland!) going back to 1920. Mr Grisenthwaite, who mowed the lawn this morning for the 32nd time this year said his long-suffering wife of 39 ears, Elspeth, 69, thought he was mad. “Elspeth is also a keen gardener and I just provide the labour really. She thinks I’m a nutter."

In case anyone thinks this is just too daft to be true, Mr Grisenthwaite’s data has been published in volume 60 of the Royal Meteorological Society Journal, titled: The Grass is Greener - For Longer".

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August 27, 2005

So there I was

Browsing a blog, as you do. And that led me on to another blog. Where the author said they had recently been here.

Since, up until then, the writer had had some interesting things to say, I thought I'd take a peek at the site.

OMG. I don't think another blogger has gone downhill in my estimation quite so quickly. Now I know that Mercuns are a bit strange at the best of time. And there really isn't much to do in Little Town, Hicksville. And I suppose it's not quite as scary as my previous Sad Site Of The Day but even so…

They cannot be serious, as J McEnroe used to say. A "Plunger Lunger" competition?! With prizes donated by the local hardware store??!! AND an "Uuug-lee Hawaiian Shirt Contest???!!!

And the really scary thing is that more than 130,000 people went to last year's event. The fact that they have a "Parade of Fools" event does seem rather apt.

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August 20, 2005

Sad Site Of The Day

http://www.sandalandsoxer.co.uk/home.htm

So toe-curlingly bad it's almost addictive. You can't resist scrolling down to see if it gets any worse (and it does!)

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