0707: "Joshing"

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby BrianTung » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:35 pm UTC

My own variant is "I could tell you, but then I'd have to hire you."

I assume that's a re-invention of sorts.

"I mean, hire you sooner."

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby demadaha » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

Do people actually laugh at the "I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you" joke? I've never heard someone laugh at it; it always seems to just result in an awkward silence.
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:58 pm UTC

Is it just me, or does today comic not look hand drawn...?
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby ced623 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:00 pm UTC

Locke74 wrote:
sorry for butchering the black hat guy, but i had to be first.


well you might be the first on the forum, but i went through my personal archive of XKCD and changed all the really sadistic ones to feature BHG :p hes my favorite... well he and elaine :D
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:36 pm UTC

ced623 wrote:
Locke74 wrote:
sorry for butchering the black hat guy, but i had to be first.


well you might be the first on the forum, but i went through my personal archive of XKCD and changed all the really sadistic ones to feature BHG :p hes my favorite... well he and elaine :D


That's funny. I put faces on the ones I like.
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby compro01 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

Omegaton wrote:As of me checking, I couldn't find an update referencing xkcd on TVtropes yet...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... lewnwrl6yo


no! no! don't link me there!

*runs screaming*

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Locke74 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:03 pm UTC

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Radiobandit » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:13 pm UTC

Seems as if the fellows at Cyanide & Happiness wrote this.

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby RogueCynic » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:39 pm UTC

If they do I think there like the recipe for big macs secret sauce if 2 people in my immeadiate family have access to our nations greatest secrets.


You mean this: http://americanfood.about.com/od/keytipstechniques/r/secsauce.htm?

I thought the comic was amusing, but not Randall's standard funny. As for it being BHG, he would have just killed the guy for asking. And everyone who has responded is on my list. Please email me with your home addresses so we can get this done quickly.
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby cypher » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

I'm going to be the first to say he made this one to see if anyone on his board would call it like it is, a big fat pile of crap.

Sorry randall munroe. I wonder if the xkcdsucks blog is gonna say this one was good?

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby ced623 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:35 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:
That's funny. I put faces on the ones I like.


how many do you have?

P.S. i have 176 saved to my hard drive :p
P.P.S. reminds me of http://xkcd.com/512/
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby chironex » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:48 pm UTC

Er, I pretty much don't understand this one a bit. 'Splain?

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Mattman » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:52 pm UTC

Everyone's saying this has no reference, and maybe they're right, but isn't this in reference to the LHC starting up again? I mean, it was just announced a few days ago.

I mean, I'm not one of those nutjobs who believes it'll kill us all, but there is the general stereotype/joke that it WILL KILL US ALL. :P With the alt-text alluding to killing everyone... I dunno. Just a thought.

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby project2051 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:00 am UTC

chironex wrote:Er, I pretty much don't understand this one a bit. 'Splain?



Ok, I could explain it to you.....

Wait

for

it....


But then I would have to kill you.

:oops: That was probably too bad to post, but I did it anyway. :twisted:

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby ced623 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:56 am UTC

alright for all you guys out there who don't get this one, or need some explanation. here it is
the cliché of "i would tell you but i would have to kill you." started with the popularity of secret agents in the 90's. it basically means something is so secret that anyone who knows it without proper clearance must be terminated lest the information fall into the wrong hands.
the expression "joshing" comes from a counterfeiter named "Josh Tatum" and thus it means fooling somebody, or more recently telling a joke.
the number in the alt-text(7,000,0000) presumably refers to the population of the world.
these are the basic principles of the comic as i see them, if anybody has better please correct me :D

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Josh Tatum was eventually caught and arrested, but he was never convicted because with his particular technique he never actually broke the law. :p
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Revan146 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:03 am UTC

Locke74 wrote:
unpredictable wrote:Well, by the time he kills 6.5 billion, the number would have reached 7 billion, even more. Just extrapolating.

I would have taken all this seriously if it was the black hat guy.

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sorry for butchering the black hat guy, but i had to be first.


that's what was missing. I swear every comic that doesn't have BHG should

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby jc » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:26 am UTC

LuNatic wrote:Our military has secrets?

Only secrets that are kept from our own population. They're known to the military of all the other governments in the world. Those people don't vote in our elections, so it doesn't matter if they know what our military is up to.

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Locke74 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:13 am UTC

Thanks to my mastery of GIMP, i rise to internet stardom!

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:54 pm UTC

ced623 wrote:
neoliminal wrote:
That's funny. I put faces on the ones I like.


how many do you have?

P.S. i have 176 saved to my hard drive :p
P.P.S. reminds me of http://xkcd.com/512/



I can't find them!!! AAAAAAH!!! (I only had about a dozen....)

But I did find this!!

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby makc » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:21 pm UTC

Bearboy wrote:...he says this whenever he's asked about his work.

Boss: Hey Bob, when will you be done with that paperwork?
Bob: Oh, you know, if I tell you...
Boss: That's not funny for ~7 bn times, Bob :?
Bob: I mean... kill you even sooner.

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby Twelfthroot » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:37 am UTC

the expression "joshing" comes from a counterfeiter named "Josh Tatum" and thus it means fooling somebody, or more recently telling a joke.


Do you happen to have a source for this? As far as I know, nobody is really entirely sure where the verb 'josh' in that sense comes from, though the OED suggests a link to American humorist Josh Billings.

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby ced623 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:14 am UTC

Sorry, I don't remember exactly where I read it, I think it was my primary school economics book :p so no source for now. :(
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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby slash2049 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:26 am UTC

Slang Dictionary
josh [dʒɑʃ]

tv. & in.
to tease someone; to kid someone. : Stop joshing. Be serious.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Word Origin & History

josh
1845, Amer.Eng., probably from the familiar version of the proper name Joshua, but just which Joshua, or why, is long forgotten. Perhaps it was taken as a typical name of an old farmer. The word was in use earlier than the career of U.S. humorist "John Billings," pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-85), who did not begin to write and lecture until 1860; but his popularity after 1869 may have influence that of the word.
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. ["Josh Billings"]

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Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:02 pm UTC

jc wrote:
LuNatic wrote:Our military has secrets?

Only secrets that are kept from our own population. They're known to the military of all the other governments in the world. Those people don't vote in our elections, so it doesn't matter if they know what our military is up to.



I use BBC as well as the American news companies, and the only "secrets" that the BBC revealed that we don't would be that there are secret US military prisons are in Kazakhstan.

Possibly.

I would use Al-Jazeera, but they aren't exactly known for honest reporting.

Not that MSNBC, Fox, CNN, or ABC are...


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