Unpopular Opinions - General Thread

Discussion in 'The Rumble Strip' started by Carbonox, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. Rallywagon

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    That's your cue...
     
  2. Pupik

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    I never understood that; if something's funny, you should be able to laugh at nearly anything or any time where a coffin isn't being lowered or extremely bad news isn't delivered to the person sitting next to you. And if it isn't funny, it's either a joke you don't understood or it's just not funny, and it's okay not to laugh at stupid or dumb jokes. To be an adult, and having a box tell you how to feel is to become a marionette.

    That's because Friends was never funny in the first place, and its resurgence is a signal to go back to Cloud Cookoo Land.
     
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  3. Rallywagon

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    I think you are looking at it to much to an extreme. Laughing, like so many other things in life, is better shared with a group than as an individual. A joke that you may just chuckle at when you're alone might be something you split your sides on when your laughing with the group, and a good hearty laugh is much nicer than a little chuckle. It's just more comfortable to laugh harder when your laughing with someone, even if that someone is really no one.
    There are shows that do tend to over due the laugh track though. Especially some of those crappy Disney kids shows. And that can really take the wind out of the sails for some thing that might have been funnier than it was with an obnoxious laugh track, sona good balance is key for sure.
     
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    I've posted about it elsewhere on the forums but laughing is something I never do alone except in very rare circumstances.

    Any time I see a YouTube comment about how someone couldn't breathe because they were giggling so much or they broke the decibel record because something was so funny, it just makes me wonder. I never laugh watching videos on my own.

    In no way am I agelastic, in fact I perform stand-up comedy sometimes, but laughing appears to be something that occurs only in the company of others to demonstrate that you get it. I can watch something hilarious with my friends and be in stitches but the same thing alone and it's silence. Laughing is a social action.

    It takes something exceptionally comedic to make me even breath-laugh on my own.

    The last thing to make me actually laugh out loud alone was this about two months ago:

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    It's the red M&M's face; whipping it out like a pro.
     
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    I'd say I'm the opposite. I don't often laugh at all when socialising, we do 'have a laugh' in the pub, but I'm rarely actually doing any laughing. On the flip side, if I'm sat at home on my own watching something funny, or working alone in the factory listening to a podcast, I'll quite often laugh out loud. I think people may fall into two groups, those that are comfortable displaying emotion in public, and those that aren't.

    That's not to say people don't use far too much hyperbole in YouTube comments though.
     
  7. Liquid

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    I'm sort of on this side of the fence too but humour is my only outlet in that deliberately ironic Gen Y millennial sort of way.
     
  8. Pupik

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    Laughing until there's tears? Once in a great while. I do enjoy a good laugh, but I don't think I've rolled on the floor laughing since I was 10. I still have my posterior attached, so that ever-so-epic form of laughter has eluded me. Perhaps I'm doomed to walk the earth without that opportunity?

    I suppose the first laugh tracks were for radio, when an audience wasn't available. And I feel kind of weird if I watch something which I don't find funny, and everyone else does...I just smile so as not to be a cold rock. But I think it's almost odd that one might feel uncomfortable laughing to oneself, in the confines of your own space; sure, it's awkward to just laugh at your own jokes, but whatever gets you harmlessly through the day is a good day.
     
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  9. kolio

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    I laugh by myself, with others, and in my sleep. I like to laugh.
     
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  10. Liquid

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    Everyone does at one time or another.
     
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    I fixed that to sound less kinky :lol:
     
  12. TexRex

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    Steven Wright is funnier than Mitch Hedberg. Fight me.
     
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    Ok, end of the laneway, dont come up the property.
    Honestly though, I think they are fairly equal. Similar styles, similar jokes, similar cadence.
     
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    The similarities are probably why the two are so often compared.

    Of course I'm not suggesting Mitch isn't funny; I was recording Letterman routinely back when he appeared on the show for the first time, and I didn't rewrite that tape for the longest time largely because he was on it. He was fantastic.
     
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    Mad Max - Road Warrior was the best film of the Mad Max series - yes, better than fury road.

    I rate them as follows:

    1. Mad Max Road Warrior
    2. Mad Max
    3. Mad Max : Fury Road







    4. Mad Max - Beyond the thunderdumb.... :grumpy:
     
  16. TB

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    I have, over the years, attempted to watch this four times and just can't do it. I find it incredibly boring.
     
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    I like it mainly because of the characters, I like the villains like Toecutter and Bubba Zanetti and its where Mad Max becomes the burned out survivor cop. But I have to admit, for me Mad Max 1 and Road Warrior swap 1st place all the time.
     
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    Road Warrior is the best one, the first one is a bit boring, Fury Road is fantastic and Thunderdome is... well, Thunderdome.
     
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    In Star Wars, Boba Fett is grossly overhyped as a character.
     
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    Star Wars in general is greatly overhyped.
     
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  21. TexRex

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    I find your lack of faith disturbing.
     
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    It’s not so bad, it did result in us getting Spaceballs after all. :p
     
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    I do have Careless Whisper if that helps.
     
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    Took me a second, I confess.
     
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    Not every reboot is terrible. I can mention at least two game shows which had great revivals to their name:


     
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  26. GranTurNismo

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    I guess this counts as an unpopular opinion. "Cop Culture" in America is stupid and bizarre, and expecting everyone to support the police is ridiculous.

    Increasingly, I've noticed people wearing clothing with "Blue Lives Matter" on it, as well as the blue lives matter flag sticker on peoples' bumpers. The whole concept of this phrase is just dumb, as it was only coined to protest Black Lives Matter. Also, it's worth noting that many of these "blue lives matter" folks have no issue flying the Confederate flag and other symbols of that sort.

    Also, many Americans feel threatened and scared by cops as many police interactions are intimidating and violent when they don't need to be. Plus, many are openly racist and adhere to racist quotas (even though this practice is technically illegal, it still happens). I bet you many of these "blue lives matter" people would jump out of their skin if a cop told them to get on the ground and put their hands behind their back. This whole idea that everyone needs to respect and support the police is just stupid and rather imperialistic as well.

    That being said, there still are many good, compassionate police officers out there. Don't get me wrong.
     
  27. Downhill Dino

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    How many is many exactly? If you're not being difficult to deal with chances are they won't give you a hard time. They're humans too y'know?
     
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    I don't know... hundreds of thousands probably? There's no quantifiable number. It's self-evident that not all of them are good and not all of them are bad. Most of them are somewhere in the middle probably.

    Good luck telling that to who was someone stopped-and-frisked, someone tased or pinned to the ground over a non-violent offense, or someone who lost a loved one because a cop killed them for just walking down the street. Sadly, it's not that uncommon for a cop to act out of line. After all, cops know that most people don't know their rights, and that if someone ever speaks out that they're a victim of police misconduct or a false arrest, they'll almost never be believed because you know, cops are always seen as more trustworthy.
     
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    So they're being intentionally non-compliant or do you let a few bad cases that the news shows you cloud your judgement over a large group? Bad cops exist, but don't let them have your doubts over people who are doing their job properly.
     
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    Yes, I know that police killings aren't common per se, but almost 2,000 people killed by the police from Jan. 2018 to now is still almost 2,000 too much. Also, I don't even watch TV news. It's sensationalist infotainment and propaganda from both sides of the aisle. Therefore "liberal media" talking about police brutality has little to zero influence on my opinion of the police in the US.

    My point is, police misconduct/brutality is still quite common. A cop asking to search your vehicle in a traffic stop without probable cause is one of the most frequent examples. Things like this cause people to be less favorable of the police, and leads me to believe that some of these "blue lives matter" folks are either posers, or have never had any police contact in their life.