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Posted: 07-Aug-2006, 09:18 PM
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I'd really like to understand this one, and I'm not critical about it so much as totally mystified. A friend sent me a video clip that had a "world's biggest idiot" kind of caption. It was about 10 seconds -- a guy chugs a flaming shot without blowing out the flame. So some of it is spilling down his shirt, and burning, and he puffs out a big blast like a dragon, and he's batting at his face, and then running out of the room with someone chasing him, and I think this is just horrible, and I'm cringing, imagining the burns and the pain, and stuff. It looks very real, not faked. Some guys in my office (and one woman -- and it was a woman who sent it to me, so I guess it's not a gender thing) are laughing until they have tears in their eyes.

Is it funny? Am I missing something? Do the people who are laughing also feel the awfulness and are laughing over or around it or something? I really have no idea.
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Posted: 07-Aug-2006, 10:13 PM
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I'm with you...my first reaction was to cringe and say "ouch!" wink.gif


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Posted: 07-Aug-2006, 11:16 PM
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Well, it WAS a really stupid thing to do!


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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 12:07 AM
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Is there a link to this that I am not seeing?-sounds like an average Sat in my hometown to me.


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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 04:51 AM
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stoirmeil, its a version of comedy called slap-stick. It falls in with the likes of Larry, Moe, and Curley and cartoons like the roadrunner.


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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 06:20 PM
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I found it funny simply because it reminded me of the things I witnessed in college.

I think it's funny because people like to laugh at other people in pain. Mainly when it's presented in an outrageous or idiotic fashion.

Although when I saw a kid douse his friend in kerosene and light him on fire I didn't find it funny.


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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 06:24 PM
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Could be one of those Johnny Knoxville things too. What some people won't do for money and fame.
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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 06:37 PM
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It definately not the genre of slapstick, it is just plain stupidity. I liken it to the videos of "Bum Fights" where these two clowns paid bums to beat each other up as best they could. Those two are now heading for jail.


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Posted: 08-Aug-2006, 09:33 PM
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I get the idea that it was slapstick-like, and I think I would find it stupid but funny, if it were not so obviously painful and damaging. This kid knocked it all the way back, and must have had some pretty serious burns inside the mouth and throat. As I say, I am pretty sure this was not a stunt -- the quality of the video seemed like the kind of home-brew people shoot at their parties when they're half-loaded.

Well -- probably I'm lacking some wiring around my funny-bone. unsure.gif
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Posted: 09-Aug-2006, 12:38 PM
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I'm with you on that one Stormeil

I don't find the Johnny Knoxville stuff funny, I like Stooges type slapstick but it is more like a cartoon where someone is not obviously hurt.

On the other hand I have done painful things to myself that had me in stitches (laughing smile.gif) in spite of the pain and the crying. (alternating laughing and crying smile.gif)

I don't generally like to watch people really get hurt for humor.

I saw this thing where this woman got hit in the head with a 2x4 by her blindfolded husband trying to hit a pinata and I couldn't believe that she walked right into it, but the canned laughter was overwhelming wink.gif

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Maybe we can have an actual poll, but for conversation's sake, I cringed too.



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"What is the last thing a *insert stereotype* says before he dies?".......

....."Hey ya'll watch this!"


[COLOR=blue]My point exactly. If you do stupid things, eventually you have to pay the price! And SOMETIMES that includes people laughing at you.[COLOR=blue]


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I didn't really find it funny either, but really, I don't feel bad for him too much; I have little remorse for dummies.
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