Seems legit

Fillyjonk explains her fondness for Internet memes:

I love them. I know some people think they’re stupid, or certain ones are overdone, or whatever. But I think I love them for a very specific reason related to my sense of humor. I am that kind of person who will carry a joke a little too far, who will be laughing over a repetition of it even after other people have found it, well, repetitious. (For example: I still find Rickrolls pretty funny, though I think the “cool people” probably are going “2007 called; they want their meme back.”)

“X called; they want their Y back” is, of course, a popular snowclone.

It’s always seemed to me is that the appeal of these things is at least partially attributable to their amazing ability to annoy the hell out of the Y SO SRS? types who clutter up our days. And those who have endured my shtick for the last decade and a half know that the beatings will continue until the equines are resurrected.

I think also I find incongruities — things that shouldn’t go together, but that someone thinks to put together — extremely funny.

Rebecca Black in a physics question

Now that one I couldn’t resist.



  1. sya »

    9 July 2011 · 2:47 pm

    Heh. That’s an awesome idea. If I were in charge of making tests, I’d probably make one or two quizzes filled with references to recent memes just to piss off college students who think they’re too sophisticated for this stuff.

  2. fillyjonk »

    9 July 2011 · 5:58 pm

    The Ivory Tower Fiber Freaks (profs who also knit, crochet, spin, or weave) on Ravelry had a lot of fun with that “word problem” when someone posted it on there.

    There’s also apparently a physics demonstration out there involving My Little Ponies but I have to admit that I (gasp) haven’t seen it.

  3. sya »

    10 July 2011 · 11:06 am

    If it was a demo, I didn’t see it. But I did see the powerpoint presentation that had been making the rounds.

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