Category: Humor

Saturday Night Live sketch uses humor to tackle issues of meaning

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A recent Saturday Night Live sketch featured SNL alum Adam Sandler as the host of a fake tour company. The premise of the parody commercial is explaining what his Italian tour company can (and cannot) do for customers.

If a person is unhappy in America, they will be the same unhappy person in Italy. “You’re still gonna be you on vacation,” Sandler’s character points out. Sandler continues, “there’s a lot a vacation can do – help you unwind, see some different looking squirrels – but it cannot fix deeper issues: like how you behave in group settings or your general baseline mood. That’s a job for incremental lifestyle changes sustained over time.”

Eclipsalypse Now

Is anyone else so psyched out about the solar eclipse tomorrow that you’re basically afraid to look out the window or else you’ll instantly be blinded and die?

When I was a kid, there was an eclipse, and we had to have inside recess that day. Feel like this implicitly gave us the message “the eclipse should be feared!”

My mental image of the outside during the eclipse is some sort of post-apocayliptic scene in a futuristic science fiction movie.

The story of the time I lost a job through a “thank you” card

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Once upon a time, I had a menial job working for a very large company. I don’t want to name names so I’ll just make something up. Let’s say the company was called “Stationwide.”

So I originally interviewed for a company who did hiring for Stanionwide and they brought me back in for a second interview. After that they said, “Thanks but we don’t like you.” (They didn’t actually say that they didn’t like me but they hired someone else). But a couple weeks later, the position opened back up and I started training. It seemed like fate.

But four weeks later, my assignment was terminated. That was really disappointing. I had never experienced anything like that before. While it wasn’t performance based or because I had done anything wrong, I was done. If you’ve never lost a job like that before, it’s rough.