After numerous rounds of “We don’t know if Osama is still alive”, Osama himself decided to send George Bush a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.
Bush opened the letter, which contained a single line of coded message:
Bush was baffled, so he emailed it to Condoleeza Rice. She and her aides had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve it at the FBI so it went to the CIA, then to the NSA. With no clue as to its meaning they eventually asked Britain’s MI-6 for help. Within a minute MI-6 cabled the White House with this reply: “Tell the President he’s holding the message upside down”.
You’ve been here over a year now, Denny. Look at all the me-mes, the beaten-to-death in-jokes! We’re so cool! HRose predicted this in his blog 6 months ago! Kitsune mixes it with urine before drinking it! Jose Liz didn’t know whether to get his education at QTTG.com or Yale! SHIT!? QTTG!
There’s still lots of good material here, but - in my opinion - the signal to noise ratio has gone down significantly, in no small part due to the constant attempts of people trying to make the cleverest inside jokes. The other thing that really drags here are people putting words in others mouths - such as your post, for example. It immediately turns discussion into bull-headed debate. I’m as guilty as anyone, I suppose, but it’s a trend i’d like to see reversed.
I don’t recall making any silly in-jokes, nor was I putting words in Denny’s mouth. So I fail to see how I’m contributing to any problem I’m complaining about. I admit my addition to the thread is neither on-topic nor highly productive, but it isn’t hypocritical either.
And although in-jokes can be a little too esoteric, does it really matter in the case of some dude posting something a little long in the tooth?
Of course, I can dig it to a degree, since doing a keyword search isn’t as easy as it once was (for the time being, anyway). Beyond that, the inverse of the rule works, too. It’s a little tacky to be all I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU CLOWNS ARE ON ABOUT when it’s like your 3rd post. You can lurk awhile, you know? I did, for about 2 months, and then (IN-JOKE ALERT) Captain Cookiepants told me to come register here under my own name because he though whomever was anonymously making fun of him over here was me, that paranoid bastard. Anyway, in-jokes are behaviorally sound and a natural outgrowth of a subpopulation of any type, not just forum internet dudes (note dude in this instance refers to the fairer dude-sex types, and I don’t just mean Sparky in her Rommel get-up).
Since you’re old and all, here’s an old joke for ya:
A 75-year old man went to his doctor’s office to get a sperm count. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, “Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow.” The next day, the 75-year old man reappears at the doctor’s office and gives him the jar, which is as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asks what happened, and the man explains, “Well, doc, it’s like this. First I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, but nothing. Then her left, but nothing. She even tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with the teeth out, and still nothing. Hell, we even called up the lady next door, and she tried with both hands and her mouth too, but nothing.” The doctor was shocked. “You asked your NEIGHBOR?” The old man replied, “Yep, but no matter what we tried, we couldn’t get the damn jar open!”