The problem with the Happy Nakba Day joke was not that a white non-Muslim Canadian told it. The problem was that it was told at all. In Qatar, as in other Arab countries, the “catastrophe” is a crime against humanity that cannot be joked about. Halal Bilal, however, has found a way to weave an Israel joke into his routine. At the Katara show, Bilal riffed on trying to get into the Palestinian territories:
“Any Palestinians here? I wanted to go to Palestine, but to get there I had to go through Israel. I get to the border, and the Israeli soldier says to me, ‘What are you doing here?’ I was like, ‘Dude, I could ask you the same question!’ ” Then he paused. (In his notebook, Bilal had instructions to himself to look for someone in the crowd who was not laughing and make a joke about that.) Then he went on: “I lie — I actually said I’m Jewish! You’re shocked? So was he! He didn’t believe me. I said: ‘Dude, I am Jewish. I have evidence, but it’s circum-stantial.’ Get it?”” —
There isn’t just one comedy. What works here doesn’t work everywhere. Starting a stand-up comedy scene from almost nothing in Qatar.
I’m there too, painted in a corner. Isn’t much of adulthood really about weaseling out of bad decisions you made in the past, trying to make amends to yourself and to your loved ones? That and being able to eat cake and ice cream for breakfast if that’s what you want.
Very great interview with Marc Maron, whose podcast is a must-subscribe gem.
As a somewhat pre-Internet fossil, I am surprised someone in her mid-20s growing up with the Internet could still feel isolated and unlike anyone else in the world.
But then again, I think people inside my computer box and phone contraption don’t count as real people, so the sense of disconnection makes sense.
If you run a website, including a dinky ol’ Tumblr, you should peruse this letter The Oatmeal’s lawyer sent to FunnyJunk, who is suing The Oatmeal for defamation amongst other things. It touches upon important issues like defamation, copyright infringement, etc.
Pill quotas: did you know about this? If you’ve wondered about “urgent care” or “wellness center” clinics in strip malls, read this piece.
Schleicher’s fable in a proto Indo-European language appears in Prometheus when David studies ancient languages.
For most of my adult life, I feel like the sheep, shorn of wool, fleeing into the plain.
In 2008, the Hershey Company began to change the ingredients for some of its products, replacing the relatively expensive cocoa butter with cheaper oil substitutes. Such cost cutting was done to avoid price increases for the affected products.
Hershey’s changed the description of the product and altered the packaging slightly along with the ingredients. Though the new formula still contains chocolate, according to United States Food and Drug Administration food labeling laws, products that do not contain cocoa butter cannot legally be described as milk chocolate. Instead, such products are often referred to as chocolate candy.
Other products that no longer contain cocoa butter (and thus cannot, in the United States, be described as containing milk chocolate) include: Hershey’s Kissables, Krackel, Milk Duds, and Mr. Goodbar.” —
How chocolate candy bars cannot be called “milk chocolate” as per food labeling rules.
Rule in life: read every John Waters interview you come across.
Eddie: Well, the crux of the issue for me is this… Immigrants, my parents and myself included, are exposed to years of ridicule. I was made fun of for my stinky lunch upwards of 10 years. Immigrants of our parents’ generation have largely given up any hope that Americans will like their food.
Eddie: Then, to have these CIA grads come through, repackage the food, and sell it back to me at a premium is just ludicrous.” —
Conversation between food writer Francis Lam and chef Eddie Huang about immigrant food and fancyfying immigrant food to suit American upper middle class palates.
Space bake sale!! Government agencies should be required to raise a certain percentage of their budget via bake sale or car wash, just so they don’t get too comfortable with our tax monies.
A nice, long Idris Elba interview. Stringer Bell is one of my most beloved fictional characters. Each new bit of information about him resurrects him in my mind.
Whenever a mystery is solved, there is a bit of relief and a little more sadness. What does a relief and sadness Dum Dum taste like?