This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest, Episode 41

Today is This Is Twittering day!

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Sandwiches again.

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This was the quickest question I could think of.

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This is slightly amusing if you watch Downton Abbey. But only slightly.

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I was excited when Google told me I was the first person in history to think of this.

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This isn’t very funny.

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This would probably have been funnier if anyone was still talking about The Secret, but I like it because both references are outdated. By the way: spoiler alert.

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This isn’t meant to be dirty. I just think it’s funny how pregnant women take naked pictures with their arms covering their breasts, because a pregnant tummy resembles a giant breast itself (or so I’ve heard).

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I saw a commercial about a guy who didn’t want to be around his wife’s parents. I thought it was interesting that, as a society, we’re still making in-law jokes. I’m not married, so maybe I just can’t relate—maybe it’s really one of those universal truths that will always be funny. But it just seems like such a tired joke.

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Because it’s not determined by popular vote, see. Collegiarity is not a real word. I made it up.

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This was just a throwaway idea in one of my Midnight Dumps…

MIDNIGHT DUMP ASIDE. I haven’t yet explained the full idea behind my Twitter Midnight Dumps, so here it is: It often takes time for me to get my toots worded just the way I want them, so I keep drafts saved until I think they’re ready to be published. Sometimes the germ of a toot never grows into something I’m happy with, or I write a toot that I don’t think is really worth publishing. Rather than throw away these oddball, half-formed, and otherwise incomplete toots, I occasionally unload several of them in a row around 12 a.m. I call it the Midnight Dump. This “dumping” technique is calculated on my part to produce at least some entertainment value to my followers, even if every single toot doesn’t hit its mark. I include some (but not all) of these dumped toots in my This Is Twittering recaps because some of them actually are worth revisiting, and sometimes I want to provide further explanation as to why they didn’t work quite the way I’d hoped. Now, let’s get back to the show.

…But it struck me that if you say “Alcoholics Anonymous” fast, it sounds like “Alcoholics Synonymous”. And then, of course, the question is, what’s a synonym for alcoholic?

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I’m fascinated by TV commercials. I’ve tossed around the idea of creating a blog about them, but I figure with fewer and fewer people watching live TV, it would become less and less relevant. Regardless, it’s absurd how many different TV campaigns Geico runs simultaneously. There’s the gecko, the pig, the unsolved mysteries guy, and more. I think Progressive has a few different simultaneous campaigns, too. Presumably it works for them, because they keep running them.

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The interesting thing about this is, looking at your own snot actually is a useful intellectual pursuit. As you may know, the color can be an indication of infection. How many future physicians were intrigued by their own blood, mucus, and pus? A lot, I bet. But the way I phrased the question was obviously intended to seem gross and stupid. I just like screwing with expectations.

That concludes this episode of This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest… or does it?