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Have you tried to be funny and failed horribly? Yeah, join the club. Or have you witnessed someone crash and burn by either being plain unfunny or offensively unfunny? Tell us your stories of sense of humour failure

Thanks to the charmingly named Reginald Donkeyfuck (not related to the Cheshire branch of the Donkeyfuck family, one presumes)

(, Thu 22 Aug 2013, 12:40)
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I was on the way to a very important business pitch
in a car full of the people who run my company, as the monkey they trot out to say "and the person who'll actually DO the work is..."

We passed a kebab shop that was called "Troy kebabs", and I decided to laugh and say "HA - Timao danaos et doner ferentes".

Turns out Virgil-based puns are not a way to ingratiate yourself with senior managers, and there was an awkward silence. I'm not sure they're a way to ingratiate yourself with anyone.

There should be some sort of training course for interacting with normal people.
(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 12:52, 7 replies)

(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 13:52, closed)
Well, I like it
I know that feeling - I once made a shit Latin pun in a Classics lecture, and the only person who got it was the lecturer. Have a click.
(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 15:22, closed)
I don't know that feeling because I don't speak Latin
So wossit mean?
(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 17:53, closed)
Loosely translated, "I fear the kebabs of the Greeks".
Side splitting lols if you're reading Virgil, as he's incredibly boring. The original is "I fear the gifts of the Greeks", referring to the Wooden Horse of Troy.
Hope that was worth it.
(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 18:24, closed)
I too once made a shit pun in a car.
But the driver got it as I said it in english.

Try that next time.
(, Fri 23 Aug 2013, 16:48, closed)
Succour punch. One inappropriately erudite dickhead to another.
I'll be straight with you. That joke is gold. I propose hereby shamelessly to pilfer it. Indeed as I write I am scouring google maps for trojan-themed kebaberies I can contrive to cruise past in company.

But in choosing your sig, you have invited the closest scrutiny on every word you write. And I fear, you fear, he/she/it fears that one of them doesn't pass muster.
(, Sat 24 Aug 2013, 20:38, closed)
I sent this to a classics teacher and he said:
No, problem is he said it wrong. It's:

timEo Danaos…

i.e. they didn't understand what he was saying or (more likely) they were embarrassed for him failing the first rule of clever reference. They'd have been just as awkward if there'd been something buzzing in the car and he'd said "two bees or not two bees, that is the problem"


Joke's on you, Igor you smug bastard.
(, Wed 28 Aug 2013, 18:26, closed)

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