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20 May 2022, 3:14 pm

You completely understand the following XKCD cartoon:

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20 May 2022, 3:16 pm

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...you wish that life made as much sense as algebra.


Algebra makes sense? :scratch:


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20 May 2022, 3:24 pm

Joe90 wrote:
Fnord wrote:
...you wish that life made as much sense as algebra.


Algebra makes sense? :scratch:

Yes, Algebra makes sense.


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20 May 2022, 3:34 pm

Facepalms tend to do harm to the one facepalming….



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20 May 2022, 4:20 pm

You Might be an Aspie if...

...someone begins with, "May the force be..." and you finish with, "... equal to the mass times the acceleration".

...someone asks you, "What is 'YOLO'?", and you answer, "You Only Live Online."

...you confuse Hallowe'en and Christmas because "31 OCT" represents the same numerical value as "25 DEC".

...you avoid the top of the Bell curve because everyone else there is mean.



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20 May 2022, 6:25 pm

Sigh. The next time we work our way through What We Do in the Shadows [2019– ] I am likely to vaguely remember this thread and my bride will be confused as to why I seem amused when they say that line.


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20 May 2022, 6:36 pm

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Here's something on "No Soap Radio," in case anyone's interested.


"No soap radio" is a form of practical joke and an example of surreal comedy. The joke is a prank whereby the punch line has no relation to the body of the joke; but participants in the prank pretend otherwise. The effect is to either trick someone into laughing along as if they "get it" or to ridicule them for not understanding.

The joke became popular in New York in the 1950s.[1] The punch line is known for its use as a basic sociological and psychological experiment, specifically relating to mob mentality and the pressure to conform. The basic setup is similar to the Asch conformity experiments, in which people showed a proclivity to agree with a group despite their own judgments.



Execution of the prank

This prank usually requires a teller and two listeners, one of whom is an accomplice who already knows the joke and secretly plays along with the teller. The joke teller says something like, "The elephant and the hippopotamus were taking a bath. And the elephant said to the hippo, 'Please pass the soap.' The hippo replied, 'No soap, radio.'"[2] The accomplice laughs at the punchline, while the second listener is left puzzled. In some cases, the second listener will pretend to understand the joke and laugh along with the others to avoid appearing foolish.

The purpose of the prank is to elicit one of two responses from the victim:[citation needed]

False understanding – when the victim acts as if the joke is humorous, when in fact the victim does not understand the joke at all.
Negative understanding – when the victim expresses confusion about what the joke means and feels left out (e.g., "I don't get it"). The conspirators are now prepared to mock the victim for the victim's "inability to get it".
Sometimes, if the second listener does not respond right away, there is an "explanation" of the joke to the second listener, which involves the teller and the first listener emphasizing words or elongating pauses, but providing no further information, e.g. "Don't you get it? No soooap... radio!"

Other examples of the joke:

A woman goes into her bathroom and is shocked to find an elephant in her bathtub. She asks the elephant, "What are you doing in my bathtub?" The elephant responds, "No soap, radio!"
Two polar bears are sitting in a bathtub. The first one says, "Pass the soap." The second one says, "No soap, radio!"
A foreign man is flying in an airplane. He points out of the window at the unfamiliar countryside below and exclaims, "No soap... radio?"
Origin

The phrase "no soap" possibly originated around 1860 when it was first recorded, meaning "I haven't any money" or "I will not lend you money". Its contemporary connotation is "not a chance" or "nothing doing".[3] However, the phrase itself was being employed in an absurd and humorous context as early as the 1750s, when it appeared in a well-known piece of literary nonsense by English dramatist and actor Samuel Foote in order to test the memory of a rival: "So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. 'What! No soap?' So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber."[4]

Comedy

As a practical joke the trick is an example of anti-humor or surreal comedy. Of possible outcomes, false understanding is the most common.[citation needed] The scenario resulting from false understanding is a demonstration of groupthink and peer pressure – the desire to conform to one's peers – despite the fact that the entire joke has no hidden meaning, nothing to "get" and no punchline.

A similar practical joke is a running gag on the news aggregator site Fark, based on a newspaper photograph of two men digging out a car from snow, and who had their names captioned as Heywood Jablome and Gene Masseth. While the former name is a well known gag name, established members of the forum will act as if the latter has a far funnier and more obvious second meaning and attempt to convince newcomers and even established members.

Popular culture

The joke has become widely known and entered popular culture in other forms, including a radio show named "No Soap-Radio!" It has been used as the name for rock bands, as well as a short-lived TV sketch comedy show (No Soap, Radio) starring Steve Guttenberg that aired on ABC in the spring of 1982.[5] No Soap Radio was also the name of a radio commercial production company in New York City formed in 1970,[6] later renamed No Soap Productions.

In the episode of The Simpsons, "Homer the Heretic", a radio is seen hanging in the shower, with a label on it showing the brand of radio to be "No Soap— Radio!"[7]

In "Pie-O-My", the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Sopranos, the name of the band playing at The Crazy Horse is No Soap Radio.

In the episode of What We Do in the Shadows, "Brain Scramblies", Sean, who is over hypnotized by his vampire neighbors, loses all his memory and is seen incoherently yelling on the phone "No soap, radio!"

See also

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The Aristocrats
Mornington Crescent
Shaggy dog story
List of practical joke topics

References

Smith, Joanne R.; Haslam, S. Alexander (22 June 2012). Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies. SAGE. p. 81. ISBN 9781446268001. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
Angela Cora Garcia (10 October 2013), An Introduction to Interaction: Understanding Talk in Formal and Informal Settings, A&C Black, 2013, pp. 63–64, ISBN 9781623569341 – via Google Books
"No soap". World Wide Words. 1999-12-11. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
The Great Panjandrum
"Has Your Favorite TV Show Reached Its Peak? Jump The Shark | TVGuide.com". Jump the Shark. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
"Gorson, Cohen Form Music Business Complex:No Soap", Billboard, vol. 83, no. 44, p. 6, Oct 30, 1971, ISSN 0006-2510 – via Google Books
"Screenshot of episode from the Simpsons screenshot maker Frinkiac".


Why not "No soap - television?" Why is a radio needed to play the part be it a prank or anything else? Wouldn't a television work better? Or "No soap - Internet"?



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21 May 2022, 11:12 am

Did you really need to quote all that?

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21 May 2022, 11:16 am

“No soap radio” has a certain verbal rhythm to it that “ no soap television” doesn’t have.

There was no Internet at the time the joke was most prominent.



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21 May 2022, 11:35 am

You Might be an Aspie if...

...everyone else knows that a comment was directed at you, but you remain clueless.

...you get so lost in a tangential topic that you forget what the original discussion was all about.



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21 May 2022, 11:44 am

Joe90 wrote:
Did you really need to quote all that?
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Uhmmm. Not really but I was not sure where to quote from.



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21 May 2022, 11:46 am

You feel frustrated, depressed and hopeless and have thought of ending it all at least once. :(



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21 May 2022, 11:47 am

kraftiekortie wrote:
“No soap radio” has a certain verbal rhythm to it that “ no soap television” doesn’t have.

There was no Internet at the time the joke was most prominent.


You can use it in other ways as well.

"No soap bathroom"

"No soap [Please insert word]"



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21 May 2022, 11:50 am

Fnord wrote:
You Might be an Aspie if...

...everyone else knows that a comment was directed at you, but you remain clueless.

...you get so lost in a tangential topic that you forget what the original discussion was all about.



Yes. Been in both those situations now and then and the second one daily!

Though it does not neccessarily mean one is on the spectrum if I am not. (I don't actually know if I am or not and I am trying to be patient waiting to find out).



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21 May 2022, 2:37 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
Did you really need to quote all that?
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Uhmmm. Not really but I was not sure where to quote from.


Sorry, it's just that when I'm scrolling (on iPhone) it seems to get stuck when it gets to really long posts like that.

And it seems that No Soap thing is an American thing because I've never heard of it.


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21 May 2022, 3:42 pm

...a parent encourages you to commit suicide just because you're on the spectrum.


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