There is a genre of humor in Taiwan and China called "leng xiaohua," which translates to "cold joke." No concept like it exists in English. It's a bit like dry humor, though not quite. A cold joke is one that makes you shiver rather than laugh, an anti-joke whose comedy rests not in the punchline but the very fact that there was never supposed to be one.
The American people have elected a man-child who thinks he alone is the measure of truth. There is enough evidence out there now after almost a half year that he has been in office that he thinks the presidency is a game show and that 300 million plus Americans are the participants.
Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee proves every year that word knowledge is personal and idiosyncratic. Words that baffle most of the audience are considered easy by elite spellers. And spellers get tripped up by words that many older people come across frequently. Here are some memorable words from Thursday's final rounds of the bee.
St. Patrick’s Day is a time to remember perhaps the greatest piece of satire ever written in the English language. Irishman Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” brilliantly skewered the heartless attitudes of 18th-century British aristocrats with an essay about easing the economic troubles of Ireland’s poor by allowing the Irish to sell their children as food for the rich.