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Funny or absurd fictional non-profit organization ideas needed

I'm writing a ten-minute play to be entered into a competition this fall. Two characters are bemoaning the gulf between the real work world and their former experience serving on a non-profit board. I need the name of the organization to be funny and ridiculous. The only thing I've come up with so far is Urban Mime Farming. Please give me some better ideas!
posted by BostonTerrier on Jul 6, 2014 - 30 answers

Light, Humorous, Feelgood Books for Cancer Patient and Family

Dad's got cancer and the whole family (readers all) are looking for some book recommendations that are light, humorous without being wacky, and immersive. We've got a lot of time to sit around and worry. Thanks!
posted by bluejayway on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

What do you say when you're returning something 12 years after the fact?

I borrowed a classmate's folder full of Thermodynamics notes in 2002, and I just found them in my closet. I also just tracked down his address, so I can return them to him. Should I include a note? What should it say? I haven't spoken to him in 12 years, and I didn't know him that well to begin with. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jun 19, 2014 - 34 answers

Funny/Inspirational/Work-Appropriate Pictures for Chinese Colleagues

I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Terry Pratchett's favo[u]rite limerick?

I'm trying to find Terry Pratchett's favo[u]rite limerick. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 5, 2014 - 2 answers

The past, the present and the future walked into a bar.

It was tense. I adore "X walked into a bar" jokes. Lay some on me.
posted by mcbeth on May 2, 2014 - 95 answers

Poetry for my (pre-)adolescent daughter

I am starting a habit of reading a poem or 2 to my 11-year-old every night at bedtime. It's been pretty random choices, and I'd like to read some fun, inspirational, empowering stuff for her. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Apr 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Funny movies about sadness?

What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Mar 10, 2014 - 63 answers

Insincerity and the spoken voice.

People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation? Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc. Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord on Feb 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Me Counter a Prank

I have to give a presentation to about 15 new hires tomorrow sometime around 10am. The start time is always variable by about 15 mins. I do this all the time and it is quite a fun presentation. The orientation at my company is super goofy and fun and the person coordinating it is totally down for some fun. So much so that my coworker Kim has pulled HR into a ongoing prank war that Kim and I are in. I have no idea what Kim is going to pull but something is going to go down. She already roped in every single one of them to come find me and make me do ridiculous things as part of the scavenger hunt. I need a way to get all these people involved and turn it into complete laughter, embarrassment, and glee for everyone. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 14, 2014 - 6 answers

70s-themed dinner

What food items could be made for a cheesy, funny 70s themed dinner? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 10, 2014 - 43 answers

Funny books for me

Read Pratchet. Read Adams, Asprin. What next? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Nov 15, 2013 - 43 answers

Jokes that only work as a series of jokes?

I'm looking for jokes, usually bad jokes, that work as a series of short jokes where the punchline is in the final joke of the series. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 8, 2013 - 34 answers

Help me make bugging people fun!

I send a monthly e-mail to my department at work, reminding everyone to update their records in our project tracking system. I've been trying to make this fun and get everyone's attention by using jokes or funny pictures in my messages. However, I'm running out of ideas! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Oct 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Give me deep, random, funny, stupid, and personal questions to ask.

My partner and I want to fill a hat with as many questions as possible, so that we can pull a couple of questions out of it each time we're together. We chat a lot but we both think it'd be great to have something else to spark conversations. I think it'll work best if neither of us know what most of the questions are. Hence why I'd like your lists of deep, funny, stupid or random questions to ask that will spark a conversation. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Sep 6, 2013 - 41 answers

Help me find this humorous "cliff notes" version of Götterdämmerung.

Many years ago I heard a very funny recording that I know not the name of. It consisted of a woman (maybe a former opera singer?) explaining the story of the Wagner opera "Götterdämmerung". [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse on Jun 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Let's get it on...

Need to find songs about sex for a funny mix-album as part of my brother's wedding present. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 4, 2013 - 65 answers

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cub

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cubs. Prefer to avoid genre fiction and the self-published. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

HAHAHA remember that time when...?

How do I look out for and tell funny personal stories? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me find a funny music video on Youtube.

Help me find a funny music video on Youtube. I believe it was some kind of symphonic metal and included a very elaborate story including a man on a horse and a maiden. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

They Are All Melons

After seeing this hilarious summary of mistranslated subtitles for Chinese versions of Harry Potter films, I thought it would make a good gift for a friend. However, I'm having a hard time finding a place to purchase the amusingly subtitled versions. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Dec 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find this site!!!!!!

A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Not to be found in Hot Topic

Where to find awesome, funny, geeky t-shirts that most people haven't seen, along the lines of this, this, this, and this. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Nov 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Funniest debate live tweeters?

Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Our neural pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.

What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Short funny stuff.

I need some great short texts (video clips, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, pictures) that are funny. Ideally, I want a range of humour here: from Jackass to Shakespeare, from xkcd to Twain...pretty much anything someone finds funny at any level. Should be appropriate for mature 17-18 year olds. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 21, 2012 - 23 answers

It's OK, I have many XYZ-American friends

I'm looking for racial comedy, in English, available on video, or less preferably mp3. It doesn't need to be the exclusive topic of the comedian, but it should play a part. No preference for a specific racial background, although East Asian would be interesting to see, since I haven't seen much of it before. Examples: Maz Jobrani, Canada's own Russell Peters, Chris Rock.
posted by demagogue on Aug 12, 2012 - 30 answers

how to reply when someone says quit speeding

how to reply when someone says quit speeding, in a way that sounds friendly and funny?
posted by daveg02 on Jul 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Need good ideas for a Group Reading

Looking for ideas of Books that would be relatively fast reads and entertaining for group readings. I got the opportunity to participate in a reading of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this past weekend in Aspen in celebration of the Good Doctor's 75th. It was a blast and would love to recreate that without doing the same book, but that book is perfect. A friend recommended my favorite book Confederacy of Dunces, but I think that book works because of the Character of Ignatius which may be hard to pull off in an aloud reading. But anyways, any ideas?
posted by kenaldo on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

That's funny. Why? Because it's funny. Sigh.

I'm teaching a Language of Humour class to high school juniors and seniors. I need recommendations for things that are funny. And I need you to help me not fail. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jul 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Making the impossible possible

Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on May 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Goofy gift ideas, please?

My nephew will be graduating next month from medical school in PA, then going off to a seven-year (!) neurosurgery residency in CA. In honor of the occasion, I plan to give him a check along with some sort of goofy and memorable gag gift but my brain is fried. Can you give me some ideas and (if applicable) links? About him: He's tall with an athletic build (I swear he must have been adopted!), a runner, has a girlfriend, loves goofy and quirky stuff, and will do or wear most anything on a dare.
posted by DrGail on Apr 13, 2012 - 7 answers

[X group] do it [in Y manner]

Give me your best ______ do it ______ jokes. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Apr 4, 2012 - 119 answers

Help me find this demo video

My Google-Fu has failed me. Help me remember the name of an iPhone restaurant app that produced a clever single take demo video in front of a large pool. [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff on Feb 29, 2012 - 1 answer

What are some radio shows/podcasts/TV shows by funny tough guys?

What are some radio shows/podcasts/TV shows by funny tough guys? (Repeat of this question, 5 years later.) [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Feb 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Does anyone else miss Brunching Shuttlecocks?

What sites do you visit when you want a laugh? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Feb 24, 2012 - 36 answers

My memory fails me

I'm trying to remember a web-video series that was mentioned on the blue a couple of times in the last year or two. All I can remember is that they were hosted by a woman (maybe light brown/blond hair...?) who was giving a funny/feminist take on various things in pop culture. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think maybe one of the topics she talked about was yogurt commercials aimed at women. I know, not much to go on!
posted by trillian on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Introduce me to some funny narrators!

I am looking for some new books to read, and it occurs to me that some of my very favorite books have excellent, well-developed, funny narrators. I'm looking for the kind of book where you might forget the plot, but you'll never forget the person who told you the story. [more inside]
posted by zoetrope on Feb 17, 2012 - 56 answers

Lesser known amazing foreign phrases?

I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Feb 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Turn a picture into a painting... with some flare?

I'm looking for a company that will take a plain photo of my dog, and create a painting from it, but add a little flare. I'd like my dog to be in a suit, maybe wearing glasses, in front of a book case. Here's an example: http://i.imgur.com/o8BSE.jpg [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Feb 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Why, Chandler, your penis is protruding!-LAUGHTRACKLAUGHTRACKLAUGHTRACKLAUGHTRACK

Can you direct me to genuinely funny comedic soft-core or hard-core pornographies? Along the lines of naked sitcoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 - 23 answers

VDAY COOKIES

if you were a truthful, demanding, or bitter valentines day cookie what would you say? [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Jan 16, 2012 - 56 answers

Cancer sucks

Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Dec 20, 2011 - 19 answers

"Apple *mwah* Pie!": Who said it?

"Apple pie [3 staccato lip smacks]." Have you heard this somewhere before? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Dec 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find the best of YouTube

My mother still lives in the dark ages with 56k modem. Please help me find the best YouTube videos to put on a cd and put in her stocking at Christmas. [more inside]
posted by summit on Dec 9, 2011 - 27 answers

witty tshirt required to specs

Help me buy a witty t-shirt for one of my friends (themes: hip hop, Arnie, Raiders, macho posturing, 90s rnb, Michael Jordan) [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Nov 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Your favorite funny anecdote

What's your favorite funny anecdote with a twist? I'm looking for short human-nature stories i can tell in under a minute. I prefer true stories but apocryphal is fine. e.g. I like this one. "For almost two centuries, Spain has hosted an enormously popular Christmas lottery. Based on payout, it is the biggest lottery in the world and nearly all Spaniards play. In the mid 1970s, a man sought a ticket with the last two digits ending in 48. He found a ticket, bought it, and then won the lottery. When asked why he was so intent on finding that number, he replied, “I dreamed of the number seven for seven straight nights. And 7 times 7 is 48.” as told by Michael Maubossin from an article by Stanley Meisler.
posted by storybored on Oct 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Make me laugh. Please?

What are some good places to find a certain kind of humor online? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Oct 6, 2011 - 21 answers

What clean humor book should I get for my fundie grandmother's birthday?

It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Sep 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Comic strip suggestion for an english language learner?

My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

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