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March 31, 2006

warning: lame April 1 humor coming to a weblog near you

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:34 pm

If you are like the editor of this weblog and find yourself

getting grumpy when overrun by lame attempts at

humor, we have some important advice for you:

tiny check Stay out of the blogisphere for the next few

days. April Fool’s “humor” will be everywhere,

and scarcely any of it is likely to be funny or



not! laughing man small


If you’re thinking of writing your own piece of fun April 1

humor or satire — please reconsider. If you must do so,

kindly avoid writing posts that are made to look and sound

authentic, and declare that well-known or beloved people

are dead. [you know who you are]


In a wonderful piece of April First honesty, Bert Foer, the

president of the American Antitrust Institute, revealed today

that There Is Nothing Funny About Antitrust (AAI, March 31,

2006). Discussing a confidential report by Attorney General

Gonzales, Foer quotes what he calls a “business blogsite”:

“Do you crack jokes about antitrust law? If you can,

you should give yourself a lot of credit, because The

Daily Show got all geared up to do a segment on the

Madison free-drinks antitrust problem and they gave up.

They didn’t know how to make it funny. That’s what I heard”.2


[Did you see who AAI thinks is a “business blogger” — Law Professor

Ann Althouse. That is funny.] Having written speeches for antitrust

officials in Washington, back in my youth, I can confirm that coming

up with a good, ice-breaking, competition-policy joke is nearly impossible.


tiny check Also, not funny for the antitrusters at AAI: “IP Grab – The Struggle

Between Intellectual Property Rights & Antitrust,” which is the topic of

their Annual Conference, on June 21, 2006, in Washington, D.C.


  Our pledge to you: No lame attempts at humor at this website from today, March 31, 2006 through April. 2, 2006.




not funny update (11 PM): Go to our post on Nino Scalia’s crude gesture,

for discussion of the actual photo of the moment. It seems pathetic to Your

Editor that a purportedly courageous Jurist has to prevaricate like a ten-year-

old after making an obscene gesture — and even utilize a U.S. Supreme Court

spokeswoman to make his excuses. [By the way, if you are still wondering what

a gumbah is see our new “goomba goombah gumba gumbah.”]





April Fool’s Day —
a skylark’s song
way over my head

april snow
a pat of butter
melts in the pan


matt morden

“April Fool’s Day” – The Heron’s Nest (June 2001); “april snow” – Mayfly #27



growing old–
even the cherry blossoms
a bit annoying



watch step sign




into the snake’s hole

oh foolish




Kobayashi Issa

translated by David G. Lanoue

April 1

no one but me

to make a fool of me






on the old snow shovel cherry blossoms






during discussion
on the meaning of life the crunch
of a student’s apple


George Swede

from Almost Unseen (Brooks Books, 2000)

dead end sign n

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