keatonatron wrote:Valatunda wrote:keatonatron wrote:
"The ships floated in the air, in much the same way bricks don't."
That's not geek humor, anyone can get it.
That is not even humour. And no I did not get it. Maybe that is just my autistic mind?
Was it saying that the ships float because they just do? I am confused.
This type of humor is comparable to a paradigm shift: you are put into one train of thought and expect one outcome, but when the outcome is not as expected you have a reaction to it (in this situation, you're supposed to find it funny).
We use phrases like "in much the same way" (or simply "like") to draw comparisons and similarities. "He eats like a pig" or "I slept like a log"
In this sentence, we are expecting a comparison to show similarity, but instead of showing what object A is similar to, it is shown what it is dissimilar to.
Another thing I think makes it funny is that drawing a connection between what bricks don't do and what these ships do do to try and explain their behavior is absurd. Bricks don't do a lot of things (they don't do an infinite number of things, in fact).
Using this logic I could use what bricks don't do to explain any object in the universe.
Valatunda ate his meal very quickly, just like a brick doesn't.
Now, that's the geekiest explanation I have ever heard.. you've been holding out haven't you?