The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 11: Giving up Sarcasm

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Episode 11: Giving up Sarcasm

It's true, and amazing: we gave up being sarcastic. This has been the most difficult challenge for us to pull off so far. Spoiler alert: One of us liked it, the other felt like a hollow, imploding shell of a person. Note: Feel free to sign up for one of our patented sarcasm reeducation programs today. (just kidding of course (not really though)).


Marc's Sarcasm Data

Marc did a good job decreasing the amount of sarcastic comments over time. 


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Comic playwright of Athens.
“You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding and a vulgar manner.”
Jane Austen
Jane Austen Top 10 Satirists
“An example of her early satirical work is Love and Freindship (1789; yes, the misspelling is original), which poked fun at the mainstream sensibility/romantic novels of the time. Austen’s The History of England (1791) is a parody of popular textbooks of her time. Sample text: “Henry the 4th ascended the throne of England much to his own satisfaction in the year 1399, after having prevailed on his cousin & predecessor Richard the 2nd, to resign it to him, & to retire for the rest of his Life to Pomfret Castle, where he happened to be murdered.” (ref)
Mark Twain
Mark Twain Top 10 Satirists
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of his most significant works. The book satirizes the attitudes and traditions of Southern society” (ref)
H.L. Mencken
“H. L. Mencken peppered his journalism with sarcastic humor, cynicism, and cutting social criticism that earned him a name as one of the more polemical voices of the 20th century.” (ref)
The Metamorphosis

Because Kafka could never get along with his family and was always mistreated by them, he went on satirizing the idea of the cruelty of family and to prove his point he turns his main character Gregor into a bug to show his worthlessness to everyone just as any insect is to a person.(ref)
Bill Murray
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“Bill Murray is the king of sarcasm -- the ultimate smart-ass who's quicker, brighter and funnier than you and knows it. He'll rub it in your face without you even registering it, and if you're the kind of person who doesn't pick up on his sarcasm, you're exactly who he's making fun of. Murray has mastered his withering deadpan sarcasm in a series of film roles, from Stripes to Ghostbusters to Quick Change to Groundhog Day, and has built a career on being the best there is at being insincere.” (ref)
Mad Magazine
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“Launched as a comic book before it became a magazine. It was widely imitated and influential, affectingsatirical media as well as the cultural landscape of the 20th century.” and “Mad is often credited with filling a vital gap in political satire from the 1950s to 1970s”. (ref)

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Sketch about a guy who is very lonley due to his speech imediment that makes him sound sarcastic. (ref)
Sarcasm Inc. was started up and introduced the SarcMark.
What would US History Look Like if it Were Written By Texas and Arizona?
By in response to revising curirculum with a conservative teaparty slant:
  1. 1788–The United States Constitution is signed as a document to stand for all time, inspired by God, and never to be changed.
  2. 1848–Mexico, in an act of friendship following their humiliation at the Alamo by the great Republic of Texas, gives their territories to the United States.
  3. 1917–America enters and wins World War 1 singlehandedly because the French are cowards.
Sarcasm Emoticon
Launched on Facebook.  :s)
Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within it.
Lunch Note
A great sarcastic letter to the person who stole the writer’s lunch.
People on Reddit started posting Siri’s Sarcastic comments when she is doing what she is supposed to technically be doing. For example, User: “Siri I broke my leg! Call me an Ambulance."
Siri: "Okay, Ambulance."


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