You guys are just going after him for the sake of it, admit it…
I thought it was funny for three reasons.
First, there were some really great one-liners in there.
Fussbett: He’s spotted a hole in the tiger analogy: Tigers don’t have feelings.
ToutSuite: This is what nature films teach us. Not to feel bad for the funeral being eaten by the tiger. It’s hard, though, because the funeral is anthropomorphic.
Though I suspect that this part made me laugh because it reminded me of a poem a friend of mine once showed me that he had written after accidently taking mescaline-laced somethingorother. But it’s easy to look at this stuff and just say “not funny.” Is it a wankathon? Hell yes. But does that stop 90% of the people on the internet from doing it regularly? No! Why? Because, while it’s not as good as comedy, it’s far more easily written.
Second, the whole thread became a self-propogating mass of recycled garbage rhetoric that didn’t convince anyone of anything. I gave up truly reading it very quickly when I rightly guessed I could skip ahead five pages and still know what was going on because nothing had changed. It’s the online-forum version of that part in “Speed” (don’t pretend not to know it!) where he swaps the security feed with a recording of everyone sitting on the bus in an infinite loop in order to trick the “bad guy.” And that wasn’t an analogy I just used, it was a (disorderly) simile.
Anyway, I’m glad somebody went out of their way to underscore that, because sometimes the obvious really does need to be stated. More than once. If this weren’t true, the main participants in the thread - who are no doubt very intelligent, perceptive, and rational people - would have stopped themselves, wouldn’t they? This is especially true when the obvious is also really funny.
Third, and this is the funniest point of all, all that stuff I said about the thread being long and unbearable to read (probably like my post)? Fussbett and ToutSuite actually read through the entire thing! How long did that take you?!!