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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Cartofel » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:38 am UTC

Like this a lot more, if only for introducing me to Burma Shave ads...
Ah, sweet wordplay...
Thus spake Cartofel.
And yea, there were great rollings of eyes, and shakings of heads.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby guyy » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:39 am UTC

This comic is
The best in weeks
Sadly, though,
My poem reeks

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby albert » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:55 am UTC

Does Randall have a twitter account?

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Kinami » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:57 am UTC

What I thought
When this verse I read:
"Randal, get out
Of my head"

(No, not really, but it had to be said)

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby 1+1+1 is 3 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:26 am UTC

I am one of those who needed to do some searching in order to understand the comic, I get it now ! :mrgreen: *is proud* I hadn't even heard of twitter before :oops:

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby brownthighedgirl » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:37 am UTC

Proud to say
I registered
Just because
I knew the word
Burma Shave

and twitter. And this comic made me so happy that I needed a place to express my love for it, so here I am. Hello, forum world.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby neelakantankk » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:42 am UTC

This comic at first,
I did not get.
But Wiki was there,
So I did not fret.
Mary had a little sheep, little sheep, little sheep.
With the sheep, she went to sleep, went to sleep, went to sleep.
But the sheep turned out to be a ram,
Mary had a little lamb.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Two9A » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:59 am UTC

Now, you see, your rhymes
they don't make sense
because they don't
tangentially reference

(That's the point, after all, right?)
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby TjOeNeR » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:11 am UTC

Might be that I'm a European not natively English speaking,

but I think that I speak for a lot of us when I say:

"I don't get it."

And that's the first EVER.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Cynical Idealist » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:21 am UTC

I'm happy to say that I immediately got the "burma shave" thing.

I'm even happier to say that I've subverted ads for community college classes on campus into burma shave ads. They didn't exactly fit the format, since there wasn't a verse to them, but it got quite a few laughs from the professors.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Murch » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:27 am UTC

Have you seen the old British Wool Board ads? They're pretty nifty too.

'Avast, you scum!' cried Captain Bligh
(Three months adrift) 'The shore is nigh!'
He seized his log: 'We owe salvation
To pluck -- to faultless navigation --
To discipline -- to lack of gin --
To wearing wool against the skin.
This last, a most essential rule;
There is no substitute for wool'.

'Quo Vadis?' cried the Palace guard.
'Upstairs!' yelled Nero, running hard.
'My wardrobe must be saved tonight,
Before the looters heave in sight.
Rome's burning brightly now', said Nero,
'But temperatures will drop to zero.
For keeping warm in weather cool,
There is no substitute for wool'.

And so on. Plenty more, as well as some of the story behind them, here and here.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:55 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:
sje46 wrote:This one reminds me that I don't know that much about internet culture.

Ha ha, they did have culture before the internet, sje46. They had memes and everything.

Shut your filthy liar mouth. You know that culture cannot exist outside of the internet! Why else would I stay at my computer desk for 10 hours per day?
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby pueben » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:27 am UTC

This was one of the best xkcds I've seen in a long time.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby pjt33 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:39 am UTC

Alt text: If long tooltips / cut off for you / then upgrade from / Firefox 2 / Burma Shave

I wish I could easily upgrade from Firefox 3 to Firefox 2 - and yes, that way round is the upgrade. FF2 may not wrap alt text, but its rendering engine works better on the sites I visit most.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby paniq » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:51 am UTC

is crossing borders
Randall Munroe
gives us orders

audio preview
and such themes
Randall Munroe:
king of memes
- Burma-Shave

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby blockandtackle » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:04 am UTC

On Florida's Turnpike:

Oil and Vinegar
Windows and Bricks
Drinking and Driving
Do not Mix

I swear I pass by it once a week.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby tonerow12 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:16 am UTC

I just watched the Quantum Leap pilot (a lovely pun in of itself) yesterday. GET OUT OF MY HEAD, XKCD!

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Paranoid__Android » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:20 am UTC

I still dont properly get this :(
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby madjo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:21 am UTC

(sorry for not following the Burma-shave rhyme-meme) After reading the wikipedia article, I got this cartoon.

And for the Dutch readers, certain commercials on Dutch radio and TV use a similar structure:
Ad1 / Ad2 / addition to Ad1 / Ad3 (or addition to Ad2) etc... :)

Some newspaper ads work the same way.
Ad on page 5 / Addition to Ad on page 7 / Addition to Ad on page 9 / Addition to Ad on page 11... For instance the ads for the Dutch Royal Airforce in today's Metro newspaper follow a similar way. Though not as witty, and certainly not as self-referential. :)

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby klg19 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:25 am UTC

Today's comic made me SO HAPPY. I first read the Burma-Shave sign collection book, The Verse By the Side of the Road, geez, probably about 35 or 40 years ago. (I'm OLD.) Truly never expected to see it in xkcd. You truly are the master of all media.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:46 am UTC

I instantly got
This comic's joke
I must be more knowledgeable
Than some Internet folk

I then checked
The Burma Wiki
I see they added
A ref to XKCD

This comic is
One of the best
It's probably funnier
Than all the rest

I really must
Get back to work
Because my boss is
A big fat $#@%

I cannot stop
These funny poems
I've been attacked by
Rhyming gnomes

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby mikhail » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:01 pm UTC

SoapyHobo wrote:Ah, Burma-shave, I thank Bill Bryson for the knowledge of such things.

Great comic!

I too, have Bill Bryson to thank for getting this.

Still don't really know about Twitter though. Some sort of miniblog thingy, methinks.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Poobar » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:04 pm UTC

Yeah, Bill Bryson for me too.

Now I'm going to spend the afternoon writing poetry instead of doing Science. Curse you Randall!

...poetry about Science!

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Feeling old now

Postby John E. » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:20 pm UTC

Usually it is just "Dear SB" that makes me feel old.

Of course I know what Burma-Shave is...

what the hell is Twitter?

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby littlesuz13 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:32 pm UTC

In Illinois they gunssavelife.com uses burma shave like signs. Here's an example of one.

When gun control
Has us beat
Criminals will
Own the street

Here's a link to more of their signs http://www.gunssavelife.com/burma/burmastats.html
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Anoria » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

Aw man. I'm going to have to explain Twitter and memes to my parents now. Thankfully they're old enough to remember, and to have told me about, the last decade or so of Burma-Shave signs.

Today's, I think, was the best comic in quite a while.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby twmcneil » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:58 pm UTC

I remember the Burma Shave signs. And barns painted with "Chew Redman Tobacco". And "See Rock City" signs. Once in a drunken dare, a few us of followed the "See Rock City" signs for about a week just to see where they led. It was a lesson in "It's the journey, not the destination."

Gawd I feel old.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:15 pm UTC

Looked up the meme. Lame.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Sebastian » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:22 pm UTC

Moin Moin

I must admit I needed about half an hour to get this one.
I didn't know what twitter is (and simply trying to translate it into german was no use at all),
I've never heard of Burma-Shave (I'm to young and life in the false country I guess),
I didn't what the guy in the comic has in his hands,
and I thougt it had something to do with firefox cutting off the tooltips, which was totally wrong I must admit.
but I think I've got it now. :D

Just to make sure :
This guy in the comic has a cell phone in his hand.
He gets sms from the social-network-whatever website twitter and this sms are a Burma-Shave meme which is about memes on twitter feeds.
Right ?

This was a really hard one for me
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby toshiro » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

I upgraded from FF2 and it still cuts off tooltips.

And I did not know Burma Shave, but then I'm not from or living in the USA. But I smiled when I got the joke... or what I thought the joke was.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby fealuinix » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:32 pm UTC

Okay, I admit the comic is funny, after you Wikipedia Burma-Shave. I mean, they quit that ad campaign 19 years before I was born! My dad was in Kindergarten!!!

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby DSDM » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:37 pm UTC

Paranoid Android wrote:I still dont properly get this :(

Ask your grandparents, kids. Probably one of the cleverest advertising campaigns of all time.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby rqm » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:46 pm UTC

Lame. All of them, Twitter, Burma-Shave, this strip and its, alt text.

Looking forward to the next joke about math and love.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby cyberblade » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:56 pm UTC

I knew Burma Shave-but had to look up twitter...

And I'm not OLD!!

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Elipongo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:05 pm UTC

fealuinix wrote:Okay, I admit the comic is funny, after you Wikipedia Burma-Shave. I mean, they quit that ad campaign 19 years before I was born! My dad was in Kindergarten!!!

I've never seen a real Burma Shave ad. I first learned about them via email forwards some years ago (pre-Wikipedia; when you actually had to a search engine to find things on the Internet)

I still get them via email. I just checked my GMail and here's a link I got as recently as January of this year. http://oldfortyfives.com/DYRT.htm

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:08 pm UTC

YEY Burma Shave!

I just like knowing that some old things are still alive in the minds of the childrens.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby psyck0 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:09 pm UTC

I don't get it...

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby elnerdo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:12 pm UTC

Surgery wrote:not entirely sure what twitter is, but if people start posting blogs and such and four stanza verse ending each post with "Burma-Shave" it will be one of the few internet memes that I heartily approve of.

huh, firefox says "memes" isn't a word, and dictionary.com agrees. What's the correct plural of meme? Which firefox also says isn't a word, but here dictionary.com disagrees.

I ended up looking it up, because I thought I knew, but wasn't sure (I didn't know). I came to two conclusions:

1. Holy shit! It's pronounced 'meem'??!
2. Since it's based off of the word 'Gene' in its shortening, the proper plural is most likely "memes".

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Armadillo Al » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:16 pm UTC

cyberblade wrote:I knew Burma Shave-but had to look up twitter...

And I'm not OLD!!

Same. (Or is 23 old in internet-years now? I can't keep track anymore.)
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby raekuul » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:24 pm UTC

6453893 wrote:Didn't grow up in America, so I guess I'm excused for having had no idea what Burma-Shave was until now.

Also how many minutes until this meme is a twitter epidemic? I say 17.

It was already
a twitter meme
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