How to Respond to a Joke That Makes No Sense

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yeah, keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em shit. not your funniest BI, sorry to say... and I was hoping for a really GREAT one for my birthday! aw...

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

The joke, as I heard it from a special forces officer, is "Kept in the dark, fed only horse shit." It makes more sense when you are military.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerlin

I loved panel 2.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

BI Fan's comment reminded me on Neil Gaiman's take on expectancy between consumer and creator:

I'm just sad that they will most likely never read that, or that I overreacted and that I am actually the emotional fool

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I like my jokes like I like my mushrooms; the fleshy, spore-bearing, fruiting body of a fungus.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

I had heard the mushroom gag before, but "YOU TAKE THAT BACK!" made this strip a win for me. :)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Where I work, mushroom management and seagull management seem to exist in equal measure.

(Seagull management: fly in, make a loud noise, crap over everything, then fly off again.)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

It's funny because it's unfunny!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeitke

I read the Neil Gaiman bit that Dan posted. Excellent! There is a series that I like that I have been waiting nearly 15 years for the third and final installment. However, I would rather it never be finished than the author write it poorly or kill herself for the fans. The first two are enjoyable and that's enough.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Dan, I read as much of that link as I could stand to before I realized that you think that I think that Scott is my bitch. I do not think Scott is my bitch; I love Basic Instructions, for the most part. I just never thought the mushroom joke was funny; the instruction, to me, was less stellar than USUAL, and really... I just wanted Scott to know that today is my birthday! I'm a goofball, not "entitled".

So I guess you overreacted, but in case you need forgiveness for it, don't sweat it. I forgive you. Have a great MY BIRTHDAY!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I've used the mushroom analogy about work before, but never jokingly.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Seriously, Scott... 'create post', 'confirm post', then the captcha? Couldn't the captcha go on the initial page or is this just to deter the people who just want to attack your spelling?

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

With the fourth panel, the advice at the top was even funnier than the dialogue.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

Well, I thought it was funny! Thanks BI! ♥

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

Panel 3 gets my vote for funniest. Would have voted for Panel 4, but that exchange happens every day at my house *sigh*

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

A friend who worked in a jewelry store insisted on showing me how a big, clunky, childish glass necklace that I glanced at because of the color would look on me.
I made the BIG mistake of giving her a courtesy excuse for not buying-that it was out of my budget ($40.00, and worth about $4.00)
I should have said "I like that color, but I wouldn't have worn that necklace when I was eight, and now, I wouldn't be buried in it - in a closed coffin"
She got all my friends to chip in a couple of dollars each to buy it for me for my (only) birthday present.
Honesty really IS better.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee


June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

I was hoping for a "Fun-Guy" pun. You know, something predictable and stupid.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLester_Normal

all i kept thiinking was mario mushrooms the boss becoming high on power =p

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermal

Rebekah" "I had heard the mushroom gag before, but "YOU TAKE THAT BACK!" made this strip a win for me. :)"

That was my reaction as well.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

Anybody else thought the joke was about Bowser (from Marios Bros.) and how their boss treats them like mushrooms which is how Bowser treats the little toads in the Mushroom Kingdom?

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFabio

angry Scott in 2nd panel is angry

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah


This is why one learns never to say, "no, because... " and instead to merely say, "no, thank you."

The other person will always come up with a way around the "because," in part because they have been misled into thinking the "because" was the reason for the "no."

Now there's probably a BI in there, with increasingly bizarre "becauses"... and Scott has hereby full permission to do with it whatever he likes. Including ignoring it completely. On my birthday. Which it isn't.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Some things are funny just because they are not, and the person telling it is reaching so hard.

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan@Golf Shop

i've heard that joke, the guy I heard it from told it better

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

It's a common stock military expression, especially among junior ranks:

"They treat us like mushrooms; they keep us in the dark and feed us a bunch of shit."

July 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging
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