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This cartoon made me laugh out loud.  Now I've become 'desensitized' and can't get myself to laugh even if I try.  That's how it usually works with jokes.  But why was it funny?

First, the surprise.  We see this woman's chance of getting the job suddenly drop to zero.   We don't know much about her except that she's blonde and has carefully curled hair and an expensive-looking cashmere sweater... and that's she's the sort of person who is looking for a job where personal skills matter.  All this makes her tactless and profane comment completely unexpected.

Second, the self-referentiality.  I admit to loving self-referential humor - it's a weakness of mine, surely related to studying mathematical logic.  But it's best when it's subtle.  Here is a kind of mutant version of the Liar Paradox, which is not a paradox but a joke: "My honesty is a weakness, and I don't give a shit what you think."  But it's been cleverly written into a dialogue, with the last line suddenly making the pieces fit together.

Third, the profanity.  Intellectually I don't like this because it confuses honesty with bluntness or even rudeness. If she'd said "I don't care what you think", that would still be honest.  She would still not get the job.  But would the cartoon still be as funny?  There is no way for me to go back in time and find out!  But profanity in a job interview transgresses social norms and shocks us... and that probably helps make us laugh... except for those of us who find the cartoon offensive for this reason.  (If you're one of those, I apologize.)

Fourth, the smiling faces of the interviewers.  They are crucial somehow.

Fifth, it makes us think.  It's made me think quite a bit about the advantages and dangers of honesty, or really forthrightness: saying what you think when it's not completely necessary. Sometimes it's almost suicidal.   Sometimes it's unpleasant.  Sometimes it's a great thing!   And sometimes it's unpleasant and a great thing.

What do you think?  Please be honest. But not too honest.

I got this cartoon from +Malin Christersson, who got it from Mahendra Kariya, who probably got it from someone else....
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No more time for feelin' shy and lonely
Now I'm a dancin' fool
Found some gal to be my one and only
Ooh, I'm a dancin' fool
Been too long since I been shy and lonely
Now I'm a dancin' fool (I'm a dancin' fool, I'm a dancer)
Been too long since I been shy and lonely
Now I'm a dancin' fool (I'm a dancin' fool, I'm a dancer)
Been too long, been too long
Now I'm a dancin' fool
Been too long since I been shy and lonely
Now I'm a dancin' fool
Been too long, been too long
Now I'm a dancin' fool (I'm a dancin' fool, I'm a dancer)
Been too long since I been shy and lonely
Now I'm a dancin' fool
 
Knock it off Clyde!
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Guilty of this? I am.
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A rare catch.
 
Snowy in a Tree

  Captured this 1st year male earlier this year, it's not too often I get the opportunity to photograph a snowy in a tree.
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Gotta love that walk of shame after the fact.  lol
 
Loading Fish on Truck Fail



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He seemed "urked" by this...
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Eat Your Vegetables

Devouring whole cities might be part of a "Fun" diet but is it part of a "Healthy" diet? Remember kids (and giant monsters) eat your vegetables.

#godzilla   #geek   #gif   #gifness  
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Very cute.
 
Sushi says "What is this? This isn't rain!"

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Ever changed your mind at the very last minute?
 
Epic cat fail

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Someone forgot how to cat.
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