I like to think I've got a good sense of humor. I'm highbrow and lowbrow: I like sophisticated British comedy, but I also like a good poop joke. A man getting hit in the groin is never not funny. However, sometimes there are popular memes that everyone seems to adore, but I just don't understand. Here, then, are a few of those items. I defy anyone to explain to me how and why these things are funny.
I should probably find this one hysterical. It's funny pictures of cats, with captions that have misspelled words in them. But I'm just confused. Why do the captions have to be misspelled? Why are people appropriating this format for so many other things? I feel left out and unpopular, like high school.
Nearly everyone on Deadspin loves this site. It's baseball players engaging in imaginary IM chats. Everyone gets a funny screen name, and recurring characters have their own unmistakable voices. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I hardly ever crack so much as a smile when I'm reading these posts.
Sacha Baron Cohen and "Borat"
Yes, I'm way behind on this one. I avoided seeing the movie in theaters last fall, but I finally saw it on video in March. It had a few laughs, but for most of the movie I just wondered what everyone else thought was so incredibly funny about it. By extension, I don't get Sacha Baron Cohen either. Talladega Nights wasn't that good a movie, but he was by far the least funny character in it. Any time he was on the screen I couldn't wait for him to get off it and move on to something else. I tried watching Da Ali G Show on HBO a few years ago, and I just didn't like it. Forgive me if I pass on the Bruno movie when it comes out.
I know, it's a big world, and to each his own. I've tried to get my friends to watch "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" with no success.