@scottalanmiller said in What Are You Doing Right Now:
@WrCombs said in What Are You Doing Right Now:
@scottalanmiller because we're 5 months into the year?
it's not funny when you try to rationally think about it.
it's a joke.
But I don't get the joke because 400 errors can be found by division into any year. A joke is only funny if it makes sense. If the joke depends on people "not getting it" and just laughing because they are confused, that's not a joke. I get not over analyzing jokes as they depend on a certain suspension of disbelief. But there has to be a basis for the joke in the first place. The core of this joke is that "5" is the magic number and by applying that magic number to the year, it becomes something funny.
But that the 5 is totally without foundation means that the foundation of the joke is missing. The suspension of disbelief would be understanding that you don't dig into that 2020 is arbitrary based on a randomly assigned calendaring system, that the number didn't always come out to be 2020, etc. We don't dig into that stuff for the joke. But the 5 is the joke. It's the whole joke. If the 5 isn't significant, the joke literally doesn't exist.
If you can reword the joke to be "did you know 404 can be dividied into any rational number?", that's not funny. And that there are tons and tons of error codes using HTML errors so every year has a joke like this makes it even less meaningful.
To make a joke like this would require...
- That the thing wrong with the year is related to the 404 error (missing / not found), not just being an error since essentially every number is an error. The joke only works if the specific error of 404 relates.
- That the modifier "5" be in some way significant to make it at least a perceived "coincidence."
That's just basic joke making.
You can see... the assumption about what would make this a joke takes so much work, it was all missed. A joke should be obvious, it should require tons of explanation to find what's supposed to be the funny part.
Ah fooey. It's people like you that killed Vaudeville.
Laughter is good, light heartedness is good, there are so many things in life that don't warrant thought and consideration, that joke was one of them, if it's found amusing then great, if not move on.
I actually thought this year was going to be the year of the optometrist.