Unhip to the lingo

New York TV producer Michael King on a recent example of Extreme Silliness:

Okay — I have to post this image, but let me set this up first. This evening, we posted the obit for Alan Young, Mr. Ed’s straight-man, who died at 96 — which is exactly how we wrote the article. I’m pretty sure most rational folks are familiar with the comedic term “straight-man” when it comes to comedy duos.

In any event, take a look at some of the Facebook responses. And yes, these people were serious.

Facebook thread on the death of Alan Young

Juliette Akinyi (“Baldilocks”) Ochieng commented:

I once asserted that the Internet hasn’t created more idiots. This exchange might make me reconsider.

I’m not sure that we have more idiots, but the Internet has given our existing idiots a chance to grow and develop and take a meaningful shape in today’s complex society.

(This last line poached from Arlo Guthrie, in case you think you’ve heard it before.)



  1. Bill Peschel »

    22 May 2016 · 11:50 am

    A case could also be made that people reply without doing a little research of their own. In this case, typing “straight man” into Wikipedia (which does have an entry).

  2. CGHill »

    22 May 2016 · 12:01 pm

    “As little research as possible” seems to be the rule of the day.

  3. McG »

    22 May 2016 · 3:04 pm

    Jesus facepalmed.

  4. backwoods conservative »

    22 May 2016 · 7:42 pm

    I want to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

  5. CGHill »

    22 May 2016 · 8:31 pm

    Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

  6. Roger Green »

    23 May 2016 · 8:26 am

    Of course, of course.

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