Let’s take a look at four such blogs. I’ll tell you what lessons I think they hold, then let’s start a discussion. Tell me what you think the blogs mean, or recommend similar sites.
You think your beliefs are true. As such, you’re willing to believe outrageous things if they back up your viewpoint.
The Onion, in case you didn’t know, is a satirical newspaper; everything printed in it is a fabrication. The intention of many Onion articles is to point out that we all hold exaggerated versions of reality. Some people don’t get that part of the joke.
Hilarious. Of course Nascar doesn’t reward homophobic comments. Yet, in a way, it’s understandable that people think things like this are true if they have a low opinion of Nascar.
Check out Literally Unbelievable right now. You’ll laugh. If you like you can also read more about the backfire effect over at the “You Are Not So Smart” blog. It explores Literally Unbelievable and other examples for The Backfire Effect.
Not Always Right
We’ve all done it – treated someone in the service industry like crap. Maybe we were having a bad day, or perhaps we just wanted to deal with our problems quickly. If you have done this before, you might unwittingly be featured on Not Always Right. This site is a collection of hilarious stories shared by people in the service industry.
I always find a laugh, and the posts are rarely mean spirited. The lesson here is that people in the service industry are human beings. They laugh, they cry, and they post stupid stuff you say on the Internet. Treat them as such!
Also be sure to check this article for some similar sites.
The “Blog” Of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks
Punctuation is important, as placing them in the wrong place can change the meaning of what you’re writing. Putting words in quotation marks, for example, can make certain words sound sarcastic. Think air quotes.
That doesn’t leave you with a lot of confidence in the beer, does it? Read The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks and learn to keep your punctuation in order, lest you be misunderstood.
You Suck At Craigslist
When classified ads were expensive, people were careful to get their money’s worth. Craigslist is free, and some people are less than careful on it.
The lesson here is obvious – think through what you put on Craigslist before you put it there. Just because those ads are free doesn’t mean you don’t have to think through your posts before you submit them. Check out some of these posts over at You Suck At Craigslist.
Can you think of any other funny blogs with implicit lessons? Suggest some in the comments below!
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