"Corn-Based Humor"

2008
Jan
10

There have been numerous cases of events, originally written as fiction or even satire, that actually ended up happening in real life (excuse me if I don’t google up any of them – I’m tired). And both I and Andy Borowitz are losing sleep over the possibility that the “Iraq Exit Strategy through Iran” joke scenario might come true. But rarely has the lead time between THE JOKE and THE REALITY been so short…

My Web-Based Comedy Idol Lore Fitzgerald (Don’t Pronounce It Like Björk) Sjöberg did his weekly Wired.com column on “the best gadgets I’m pretty sure are probably being revealed at CES 2008.” I.E. the most extreme exaggeration of current tech trends turned into comically absurd vapor-product.

With the color green on everyone’s lips, computer makers are competing to create the most ecologically responsible desktop machine (…including the…) 100 percent biodegradable MulchMaster 7800x.

So when I saw the headline “FUJITSU UNVEILS LAPTOP MADE FROM CORN”, I just assumed it was an extension of the same joke. It’s not.

Okay, the People of the Corn have already replaced sugar with corn syrup, gasoline with ethanol and Presidential Primaries with Iowa Caucuses. Now they’re going to replace the laptop with a ‘computer on the cob’? These people must be stopped!!!

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