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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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A couple of years I was running a stand at the Big Bang Fair in London. No, children, it's not funny, settle down. The Big Bang Fair is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event for schoolchildren with a family day or two at the end. It's great fun to go to and you get to meet some delightful geeks in the making.

The organisers put on various shows and talks, and my stall was right next to an arena seating about 300 where, every day, a chap from the Football Association gave a talk about the Science of Football. It was a really interesting talk, well presented, with great demonstrations. However ...

The fifteen thousand children per day who attend a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fair are probably, by definition, the fifteen thousand children in the area who are least interested in football. The first time he did the talk, he got an audience of eight. The second time he got three. The last time, on family day, the seats were very well filled, mainly, as far as I could see, by escaping fathers.

Poor sod. I really felt for him, particularly because, as I wrote, it was a great show, but designed to interest footballing children in science rather than to interest mini geeks in football.
(, Sat 24 Aug 2013, 18:29, Reply)

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