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Dilbert Newsletter 49.0 -- InDUHviduals Humor Break
Dilbert Newsletter | Aug 29, 2003 | Scott Adams

Posted on 08/29/2003 10:58:27 AM PDT by smith288

Dilbert Newsletter 49.0

"A Little Ray of Bitter Sunshine"

Ironic Banshees


You've probably heard the old saying, "She screamed like a banshee." I didn't learn much about banshees in school but I deduce that they are dead people who scream loudly. That seems unpleasant enough. But lately I have been learning more about the bad qualities of banshees. I've overheard these nuggets from people who apparently have detailed banshee knowledge:

"I had to pee like a banshee."

"My head hurt like a banshee."

"I was sweating like a banshee."

It's no wonder that banshees are rarely invited to parties. No one wants to hang around with a screaming, peeing, sweating, dead person with a headache, especially if beer is involved.

I've also learned recently that "ironic" means anything you want it to mean. Example:

Me: "I heard that Bob was killed by a meteor."

Induhvidual: "Wow. That's ironic."

Me: "Why is it ironic? Was he an astronomer?"

Induhvidual: "No, it's ironic because, you know, what are the


Me: "So anything unlikely is automatically ironic?"

Induhvidual: "No, it also needs to be bad."

Me: "This conversation is ironic."

Induhvidual: "Shut up! You're making me pee like a banshee!"


DNRC Wise-Ass Encouragement


There are many situations in which you would like to insult an Induhvidual while making it sound like encouragement. Here are some examples sent in by DNRC operatives.


"The key to our success will be your execution."

"You're a minefield of information."

"You're like a snowball gathering steam."


Quotes From Induhviduals


Observant DNRC members continue to send me true quotes of

Induhviduals. For your convenience, I organized the boner mots into logical categories.


Quotes that sound painful:

"Can I pick your ear?"

"I've got an ace up my hole."

"It leaves a real bad note in your mouth."

"I don't want to shoot myself in the hip."

"We have to make this deadline. Otherwise, we eat it in the shorts."


Critter-related quotes:

"I've been running around like a chicken with my legs cut off!"

"The monkey is in their court."

"There's more than one way to screw a cat!"

"That really grinds my goat."


Mutated Metaphors:

"There's a school of thumb that believes..."

"The money clock runneth over."

"Yesterday, it worked like a top."

"We'll kill two rocks in one basket."

"You can lead a blind man to water but you can't make him chug it."

"They're so busy they don't have two minutes to rub together."

"The phones were ringing out of their wits."

"Well, that really puts a wrinkle in my ointment."

"That was a real notch in his feather."

"I'm going to watch you like the back of a hawk."


Possibly naughty quotes:

"That guy beats to a different drum!"

"Whatever rubs your boat!"


Hall of Duhhh Quotes:

"I don't get why we're having a war. I mean, if Bush owns Texas, that means he owns all that oil they farm there, right? So why do we need the oil in Arabia? I mean, it probably costs a fortune just to drive the stuff over here, what with the price of gas and all."

My high school gym coach, God help me, once instructed the class to "line up in a straight circle and count off by ones."


How I Almost Conquered the World


I came up with a brilliant plan that would have allowed me to win the governorship of California and eventually go on to rule the whole world. My plan was that I would announce my candidacy and say that if elected I would let the current governor, Gray Davis, run the state. I would even give him my governor's pay.

Granted, he's hugely unpopular, but the winner of the next election will probably only get 25% of the vote. If you add together the people who want to keep the current governor, and the people who oppose the recall on principal, it's at least 25%.

By now you are probably tingling from the brilliance of this concept. But there's more. I could use the same strategy to run for president after Bush's second term expires. I'd promise that if I won, Bush would be my chief of staff and I'd do whatever he told me to do. Voters would think, "That cartoonist guy did what he said in California, and we'd like a third term of Bush, so why not?" Then after I won, I'd break all my promises and move into the White House. People would whine, but I'd smooth it over with a joke, like "Hey, news flash, people: politicians lie! Ha ha!" Then I'd order the army to attack France, mostly to boost my popularity, but secondly to get more cheese for the DNRC.

I think the plan would have worked. But in the end I decided that ruling the world was too much trouble. So I took a nap instead.

Induhvidual Tales


Here are some inspirational tales of Induhviduals, submitted by

DNRC members. As usual, I suspect that many of them are either urban legend or lifted from past Dilbert Newsletters that I've forgotten. But that doesn't make them less funny.


I'm in 10th grade. My teacher once said in class that one should relieve himself before he prays, so he would have a clean body. He compared it to giving a diamond ring to someone in a brown paper bag, i.e. how would the recipient feel? So one of my Induhvidual classmates absorbed all of this and said, "What about a Ziploc bag?"


I was passing through a small town called Eldon when we came across a sign for "The Testicle Festival." Every year this town celebrates the castration of the local animals by frying up and EATING said parts. As several yokels said, "That thing is pretty big in these parts." [Editor's note: I went to Eldon once and had a ball.]


My wife came home complaining about the haircut she got, that it was too short. She has gotten at least five other haircuts from the same person, and every time complained that it was too short. I asked her, "Why don't you go to someone else?" Her exasperated reply: "I don't know anyone else!"


We were having a discussion about the culture in my organization when the head of my department said, "People need more work to do; then they won't have time to complain. A headless chicken is unable to voice an opinion."

He's quite proud of this inspirational thought. He's thinking of putting it on the wall.


My teenaged daughter asked if infertility was hereditary.


In my history class we were discussing how Japanese kamikaze pilots had a brief memorial service for themselves before they took off on their suicide missions. An induhvidual asked, "So, were they cremated before taking off?"


My mom very proudly explained that she never buys Swiss cheese because "with all those holes you don't get as much per pound."


I work at a drug store, and one night a girl came up to me and said, "You have an accent," and asked where was it from. I told her. Then she asked, "Did you ever live there?


The roof of my office leaks. We have called in for repairs half a dozen times. The repairmen wait until it stops raining before they come to the building. After they do their inspection the result is always the same; they tell us "It's not leaking now."


Sitting in the school library researching for a history essay, I overheard a health class discussing the various kinds of contraception available. The teacher told them that abstinence was the best way. A student said, "Wait, I thought that abstinence was only 56% effective."


In my physics class, my teacher made it very clear that he would only count each student's best two test scores. A student raised his hand and asked, "Do we get to pick which two are the best ourselves?"


New Airline Idea


I noticed there are a lot of specialty airlines these days. For example, Hooters has its own airline targeted at horny men, and Virgin has an airline targeted at virgins. My idea is to start Atheist Airlines, targeted at non-believers who want to avoid security delays.

At Atheist Air, prior to boarding, passengers would be required to spout blasphemous remarks at a display of artifacts from all the major religions. This effectively weeds out anyone who has a secret plan to meet the Creator in the next few hours. Blasphemers would be allowed to carry-on pickaxes, blowtorches, chainsaws, nun chucks, whatever, under the theory that atheists generally try to avoid hurting other people in any situation where there isn't a clear escape route.

TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: adams; comedy; dilbert; humor; induhviduals; scott

1 posted on 08/29/2003 10:58:27 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Perverting cliches is fun, cliches suck by their nature and twisting them tends to make them funny and memorable. "The monkey is in their court" is classic, I just might use that one.
2 posted on 08/29/2003 11:04:09 AM PDT by discostu (just a tuna sandwich from another catering service)
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To: smith288; Dog
Oh my Lord, this is tagline HEAVEN!
3 posted on 08/29/2003 11:06:26 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Hand me my smelling salts.)
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To: smith288

The True Irony of Alanis Morissette

ironic adj. 1. characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"

Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

  Alanis Morissette sings a song titled "Ironic" on her album Jagged Little Pill. In this song she offers vignettes of situations where life is going well and then suddenly takes a turn for the worse. She exclaims, "Isn't it ironic...don't you think?" My answer: "No!" I have critically analyzed her lyrics and have found only 1 ironic episode therein. Ultimately I have discovered that she has no clue as to what irony really is.

Click for complete analysis

4 posted on 08/29/2003 11:08:02 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: netmilsmom
Oh my Lord, this is tagline HEAVEN!

Only if you misspell something. :-)

5 posted on 08/29/2003 11:13:23 AM PDT by Prof Engineer (HHD - Blast it Jim. I'm an Engineer, not a walking dictionary.)
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To: netmilsmom
Changing taglines...
6 posted on 08/29/2003 11:14:41 AM PDT by Dog ("I'm going to watch you like the back of a hawk.")
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To: Dog
Good choice!
7 posted on 08/29/2003 11:16:42 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Hand me my smelling salts.)
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To: Dog
aye aye
8 posted on 08/29/2003 11:19:06 AM PDT by smith288 ("The key to our success will be your execution.")
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To: smith288
Same here
9 posted on 08/29/2003 11:23:23 AM PDT by lelio ("That really grinds my goat.")
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To: smith288
Then I'd order the army to attack France, mostly to boost my popularity, but secondly to get more cheese for the DNRC.


10 posted on 08/29/2003 11:25:43 AM PDT by smith288 ("The key to our success will be your execution.")
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To: smith288
hey, thanks for the laughs!
11 posted on 08/29/2003 11:26:08 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: smith288
12 posted on 08/29/2003 11:29:27 AM PDT by Constitution Day ("You're like a snowball gathering steam.")
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To: smith288
Poorman works at a certain location that just implemented a Dilbert World project. Management drones had too much time on their hands so they labeled everything in the building, and outlined objects' location. Literally. Then they sent around the Nazis with clipboards to document NON-COMPLIANCE. A calendar on the wall was not labeled and its location outlined. Write-up! Some guy kept his pen on a shelf WITHOUT A LABEL (horrors)! Another write-up!

Poorman actually works for another company so he felt free to find some of those little labels lying around and make PROPER USE OF THEM. So now his hat is labeled "front" on the bill, and his shoes read "right" and "left".

The compliance Nazis weren't amused, but since he works for someone else under contract, they can't touch him.
13 posted on 08/29/2003 2:04:31 PM PDT by petuniasevan (E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business)
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To: Incorrigible
I read your analysis and found it very ironic.
14 posted on 08/29/2003 2:16:37 PM PDT by ConfusedAndLovingIt
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"This really grinds my monkey" >bump<
15 posted on 08/29/2003 2:35:45 PM PDT by Cboldt
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