Thoughts On The Importance Of Rationalization And Amusing Pictures I Found On The Internet. Take Your Pick.
1) There’s been a ton of snow in New England lately, so as a result I’ve been spending a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing. That’s one of the problems I’ve found with getting older; whenever you’re not doing anything, there’s always a voice in the back of your head whispering that you should be doing something, anything productive. When you’re a kid, you can play video games all day with little to no guilt. These days, I spend a couple hours dicking around on the internet and I feel like I’ve committed a felony.
I guess it all comes down to rationalization, which I read somewhere is the most important aspect of human personality. One of the characteristics that most humans share is a need to rationalize everything we’re doing, regardless of whether anyone is watching or not. Now, obviously this is going to vary in intensity from person to person. A neurotic person, the characters Woody Allen always plays, for instance, likely feels the need to rationalize absolutely everything he does, no matter how minute. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got this guy:
Does this look like a guy who cares what you think?
For us normal folks, the need to explain what we’re doing is paramount to our existence. Remember the “ass-man” episode of Seinfeld? It’s too complicated to explain here, but the gang has a run in with a proctologist and Kramer has a monologue at one point about how everyone who goes to the proctologist has a complex explanation for how some object became lodged in their, ahem, rectum. “No one wants to admit they stuck something up there,” the K-man says. Obviously, getting something (like a fuselli model of Jerry Seinfeld) stuck up your ass is extremely embarrassing, but what’s more embarrassing is admitting that you put it there of your own volition. That’s why everyone makes up complicated stories; they feel the need to rationalize act that is basically unrational.
2) Enough of that, here’s some funny pictures I found while trolling Failblog, Knowyourmeme.com, and Cracked.com’s image board:
Pretty standard type of internet humor, it seems. Take a famous image, in this case that painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware and for some reason standing on a rickety boat and likely capsizing and drowning every man in said boat, then throw a humorous caption on the bottom. Well done.
Kind of a funny take on the super-villain origin story where the filmmakers or writers or whoever try to make the audience empathize, if only briefly, with the antagonist. Also, did this girl seriously wear that to the prom? Are you kidding me?
Ah, Chat Roulette. It was briefly the most popular site on the internet, but I think the fad is over. Could posting this be considered borderline-racist? I don’t know, I mainly find it funny because of the girl’s reaction.
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Storm troopers are probably the best example of a group of guys who seem really bad-ass, but never actually do anything.
Ah, Guess Who. It’s an iconic game, yet if you actually sit down and play it today, it’s brutal. Also, why was “Does your person have a big nose?” such a popular question? Isn’t that kind of a subjective question? I mean, how are we determining what “big” is? Is it big in comparison to the other faces in the game? Big in a general sense? That question should be banned from all future Guess Who games. I’m writing my congressperson.
To be honest, I don’t know who this guy is. I thought it was H.P. Lovecraft, but it’s not. I tried to look it up, no dice. There should be some sort of search engine where you can paste a picture and have the computer tell you what the picture is of. Anywho, if anyone could tell me who this dude is, that’d be great. He actually does look like the type of guy who, if you offended him in some way, would break into your house, pee all over the place, beat the shit out of you, and steal your car.
Cats appear to be popular on the internet. Not sure why, exactly, but people love posting pictures of cats on the internet. They’re cute and they make funny faces, I guess that’s why.
“What is this, I don’t even…” is a pretty solid reaction to any ridicolous situation one might encounter in which fully formed sentences cannot do justice to the foolishness you just witnessed..
Alright, that’s all for now. Enjoy the snow…