I have always been a sucker for humor…good humor, bad humor, sarcasm, mockery… I love them all! This probably has to do with the fact that I, myself, am not particularly funny. This always used to be an issue at the dinner table as I was growing up; the sequence of events was routine: everyone would be talking, I would crack my best attempt at a joke, I would start laughing, and then my dad would shake his head playfully and tease, “well at least you think you’re funny.” Wah wah wahhhh. No humor points for me.
Thus, it’s not particularly shocking that, over the course of the semester, I tended to gravitate towards the blogs that made me laugh. Lindsay’s listing blog was a weekly staple of mine. I loved her blog because, not only did I know that upon navigating to her page, I would be met with a catchy title and ten succinct points on a list, but I also knew that I was in for some subtle and conversational humor. One of my especial favorites was her article entitled “Things I Noticed During the Oscars, or I’m Really Just Watching This as an Excuse to Eat Kettle Corn.”
Right from the get-go, Lindsay’s prose had me giggling to myself.
“10) George Clooney’s severely underage girlfriend IS A WWE WRESTLER, according to a Huffington Post article called “Stacy Keibler, George Clooney relationship: Where did she come from?” I googled images of this girl to show you, and literally zero of them were appropriate to display.
9) At five minutes and thirty-three seconds prior to the start of the show, the “Live from the Red Carpet” guys ran out of famous people to talk to. So they went into the control room to startle one of the sound guys, who wasn’t at all dressed for national live television and wore an Alfalfa face for his whole segment.”
To make point 9 even better, she made sure to include a photo of Alfalfa. I really admire Lindsay’s ability to bring interest and humor to everyday topics and observations, and I found myself agreeing with her commentary on countless occasions. The fact that her prose were structured in lists, in and of itself, added a unique and captivating touch to her blog.
Chinny’s blog was another that had me enthralled right from the start. I loved visiting her blog because, not only could I expect to find a different subject matter each time, but also a different voice to accompany it. Chinny’s use of multiple voices and personas is truly amazing; it brings such a unique touch to her blog and is a refreshing attribute. Chinny’s blog is also utterly hilarious. While I must say that I am actually in the sorority Kappa, I was legitimately rolling on the floor while I read her post entitled (Mor)bid day.
“It took like, ages for this day to come. We worked really hard, like, you don’t even know. It takes a lot of planning and creativity to run Rush and like, we have to make the girls like us or we won’t get any of the good ones, you know? It’s about reputation and honor and stuff. We have a name and an identity to uphold—people on campus know us and like, we can’t let down our alumni and sisters and the history and our legacy cause like, we have loyalty. Loyalty is like, so important.
It’s like, such a good thing we are so smart or else we could NOT have made a video to compete with something like this: Kappa Rap
Those girls did the best job ever. Snaps, snaps, snaps to them.”
Her exaggeration of each stereotype is implemented to the perfect degree, the content of her posts never cease to amaze me. She literally perfectly embodies and represents each stereotype, so I constantly find myself not only laughing at her comments, but marveling as her skill as a writer.