Male ♡s Female Greco-Roman wrestling



  • In the spirit of NaNoWriMo and book threads, this was shared with me today.



  • Classic. I remember seeing this...somewhere...probably on Facebook.



  • If only there was a way of sharing text on the internet in a non-image form... Bonus points for JPEG.



  • I blame tumblr.



  • @Keith said:

    If only there was a way of sharing text on the internet in a non-image form... Bonus points for JPEG.

    Hey if you wanna type that over, feel free.


  • area_deu

    You can print it out, lay it on a wooden table, take a photo, scan the photo and run it through OCR ...



  • Don't be ridiculous. Why does it have to be a wooden table? That's just a silly superstition.



  • @cartman82 said:

    Hey if you wanna type that over, feel free.

    I'm not blaming you in this instance, I'm just unsure how such a thing comes into existence.



  • We need a commission to determine the effectiveness of OCR methods versus table material and color.



  • @mott555 said:

    We need a commission to determine the effectiveness of OCR methods versus table material and color.

    You should've come up with it a few months earlier, when I was picking my thesis...


  • sockdevs

    @cartman82 said:

    In the spirit of NaNoWriMo and book threads, this was shared with me today.
    [snip really fucking tall image]

    They're both as bad as each other.

    If you're a halfway-decent writer (or basically not a total shit), you can write both tender stuff and fucking cool explody stuff. Hell, the stuff I'm working on has plot elements ranging from (purposefully short) soppy romance shit to an entire compound being immolated (the latter coming after a brutal murder), so, yeah, it ain't hard to do both.

    Heartwarming romance and a mahoosive body count. If I can do it, anyone can :smile:



  • @RaceProUK said:

    They're both as bad as each other.

    If you're a halfway-decent writer (or basically not a total shit), you can write both tender stuff and fucking cool explody stuff. Hell, the stuff I'm working on has plot elements ranging from soppy romance shit to an entire compound being immolated (the latter coming after a brutal murder), so, yeah, it ain't hard to do both.

    If I can do it, anyone can

    Yeah, but if I had to chose between the two extremes, I'd chose the guy stuff. Ditto for women.


  • mod

    In this instance I have more sympathy for the woman, only because she started the story. Having been handed a story in a genre I don't prefer, and being asked to continue it, the best action is to give it a shot and stretch my ability as much as I can. It's a dick move to try and suddenly change the genre.

    Sure, her story looked really boring; it was clear she had like, 0 ideas, so was just scribbling down whatever came to mind. But it's like improv: you never say "no" to what you're handed.

    If the first paragraph didn't exist, I'd have more sympathy for the dude, because it's likewise a dick move to kill off the character and jump genres again.



  • Except we all know that exactly one person actually wrote the whole thing. He probably had to get someone else to tell him how to turn it into a jpg, though.


  • mod

    Well sure, if you want to bring reality back into the hypothetical XD



  • But as for the dick move, we have to imagine the partners knew each other at least a little bit, and starting such a story was probably a dick move in and of itself. Not to mention making the teacher read it.


  • mod

    @boomzilla said:

    we have to imagine the partners knew each other

    Eh, not really. This reads "high school" to me, and it's fairly common in bigger schools not to know much about students whose interests don't align with yours, particularly if they're the opposite gender.

    Turning it in instead of starting over is also dickish but inevitable once it got that bad XD After about two paragraphs, the mature thing to do would be to go to your partner and be like "Should we start over? Maybe in genre X instead?", but that implies there's any maturity in the scenario whatsoever, which is clearly not the case.



  • I'm working off the presumption that this is a real story and not entirely made up, also, I'm not gonna back out of this post even though I already see myself being pedantic.


    @Yamikuronue said:

    This reads "high school" to me

    "University of Phoenix" reads "college" to me, but the rest of your sentence still rings true.

    @Yamikuronue said:

    Turning it in instead of starting over

    The instructions stated to CC the professor for each paragraph of the story, so they were already turning it in each step of the way.


  • mod

    Wow, I suck at reading OPs today.



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    the mature thing to do would be to go to your partner and be like "Should we start over? Maybe in genre X instead?"

    That's against the rules! Cheating on an assignment!



  • they could of course have established in the emails (as the professor suggested they could communicate through email as long as he could see it) that they needed to agree a genre of some kind. I would have given more marks for that communication rather than just kicking into a story.

    Secondly, while somewhat I agree with @Yamikuronue's sympathies, at the same time, I also feel like there wasn't really any genre established in the first paragraph, as it was something that could fit into a wide range of genres, he could definitely have moved things more in a direction that he preferred more subtly than he did though, giving his partner an opportunity to do similar steering until they found a path they would both be happy with.

    Both of them could have worked together on a dual viewpoint storyline with crossover, giving both of them a chance to experiment with genres they are unfamiliar with while also having familiar subject matter to fall back on to show their chops in a more comfortable setting (even if they are still terrible at their preferred genres, which they both were, assuming they were real)

    Anyway, I could be convinced to write a tandem story with someone, but they should remember that every other paragraph will be distinctly sexy.


  • mod

    @algorythmics said:

    I also feel like there wasn't really any genre established in the first paragraph

    There was, it was just subtle, and could easily have been overruled without being so severe a shift. The sentence structure and subject matter indicated a slower-paced, slice-of-life type story, possibly with a romance novel lean; however, in only one paragraph, it's not locked in yet, and could have shifted to be a story about, say, a spy or fighter pilot or cowgirl with a broken heart instead, alternating slower, contemplative sections with faster-paced action scenes.

    @algorythmics said:

    I could be convinced to write a tandem story with someone

    I could be convinced as well....



  • Do you give that kind of treatment to every joke?

    "Now, it's a little uncommon to see three people walking into the bar at once. Two, of course - maybe they're on a date, or a meeting. But beyond that, you usually see a much larger group of people walking into the bar. Also, it seems like one of them was a priest. How did one know that? Was he wearing clerical clothing? If so, I believe it would be rather unwise for him to order a beer. Same goes for the rabbi(...)"



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  • @Maciejasjmj said:

    Was he wearing clerical clothing? If so, I believe it would be rather unwise for him to order a beer

    I always presume they drink whiskey, but then I grew up around Irish priests. Of course, if he's from one of those pussy Protestantisms that don't drink...



  • I am sucking at re-reading the OP for context, so I'm giving up on that post.


  • mod

    @cartman82 said:

    Don't be ridiculous. Why does it have to be a wooden table? That's just a silly superstition.

    Yeah. It could be a wooden floor. Or faux wood.



  • that or painfully explain why a joke is funny even when everyone laughed.

    I find it hilarious.

    I don't have many friends.



  • See, it's funny because the male and female writers both write their sections in genres stereotypically preferred by their genders. Increasingly becoming amusingly frustrated with their partner's attempts to turn away from their preference!

    Meanwhile both writers arguably reinforce patriarchal gender roles with their characters, Lightly hinting at the dual problem for equality campaigners in a humorous manner.

    The piece also amusingly devolves into an argument where both writers throw all semblance of formality aside to great comedic effect for the reader.

    Most amusingly however, the piece finishes with a top grade from the lecturer, who professes to have thoroughly enjoyed the piece, breaking the fourth wall somewhat by sharing in the humour of the situation with the reader, adding an additional angle of humour to the final result.

    Overall, this piece can clearly be seen to be humorous in a number of ways, and slightly educational too, I suggest that it be put forward to be studied by all children aged 8-16 immediately.


  • sockdevs

    .....



  • a misogyny/misandry sandwich.


  • sockdevs

    misanthropy?


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @cartman82 said:

    Hey if you wanna type that over, feel free.

    It's gotta be all over the internet, since someone made the image from it.

    Fuck everyone who imageifies these things, though.


  • :belt_onion:

    @FrostCat said:

    Fuck everyone who imageifies these things, though.

    I had a rant about this months ago.

    But hey, at least this got linked on a forum. I keep getting links to this shit on IRC. Meaning I have to switch to a different application to read a bit of text turned into an image linked to me using a text-based communication method.

    And not only that, people screenshot shit from their Facebook and then upload it to prntscrn.com and link that shit in IRC. Oh, and whatever they link has been either mangled by a URL shortener or turned into MD-FUCKYOU hash, so if there ever was a useful title attached to that image it's lost, so I don't know if it's just a bunch of text or something that really deserves to be an image. Motherfucker, just copy that stuff over, it's usually 3 or 4 sentences and it will fit into a single IRC message.

    Then again, nearly everyone insists on using Pidgin for IRC so they can use a customized smiley pack. And while Pidgin is a decent enough IM, it seems utterly incapable of splitting something in multiple messages on IRC. Assholes.

    ... what were we talking about?



  • I'm a guitar player in my spare time. I'll bet this would work great as a comedy duet.



  • ICQ!

    Body is invalid; try to be a little more descriptive


  • :belt_onion:

    @chubertdev said:

    ICQ!

    I loved ICQ. Then people I used to talk to on ICQ moved to Facebook, telling me how great it is that we can now finally communicate in realtime over the Internet.

    After they linked me their Facebook profile on ICQ.



  • Yeah, one of my friends recently mentioned it. I scared myself by remembering my number.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Onyx said:

    I loved ICQ.

    It was awesome, 15 years ago.

    I have a 7-digit UIN. I've got a friend with a 6-digit one.


  • :belt_onion:

    @FrostCat said:

    It was awesome, 15 years ago.

    It would (does? I think it's still alive, for varying definitions of alive) be as good today. Really, what the hell was missing in ICQ 6 that most people use today? It just got slaughtered by Facebook on the count of popularity IMHO, there was nothing wrong with the platform itself.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Onyx said:

    It would (does? I think it's still alive, for varying definitions of alive) be as good today.

    The clients got worse over time, is all I meant.

    I'd still use it today if anyone else did.



  • @cartman82 said:

    Why does it have to be a wooden table?

    -1

    That being said, as soon as I read the first sentence by Gary I was falling off the chair laughing, so thank you!



  • @ChaosTheEternal said:

    "University of Phoenix"

    Just out of High School. Maybe. @Yamikuronue called this one right, even if only in spirit.



  • @redwizard said:

    Maybe.

    Maybe, but we won't know.

    Also, hooray for a Discourse bug when trying to expand the highlight to get more in the quote on an iPad. If I get on my laptop, I might make a GIF of it. Yes, Apple, I meant GIF.



  • @ChaosTheEternal said:

    a Discourse bug (...) on an iPad.

    That's impossible. iPads have been blessed by Jeff himself to be the primary devices for consuming Discourse content.



  • He must've only used it for a few minutes or have the most selective memory ever, because I've had quite a few issues on iPads, and a few have persisted on the "latest and greatest", and I got a new one at the same time as the one I mentioned already.


    Reported it in the Likes thread:
    http://what.thedailywtf.com/t/the-official-likes-thread-now-with-twice-the-pseudoramblings/1000/28555?u=chaostheeternal
    I'd make an actual bug report for it, but I don't care that much now.



  • Whoever wrote and shared this really wants people to believe that men and women are fundamentally different. Does anyone know what type of person wants that, and why?



  • I don't know about you, but I can think of one great and glorious, quite fundamental difference between men and women right off the top of my head.



  • You write with your genitals?

    Edit: Or were you talking about androgenic alopecia?

    @toon said:

    right off the top of my head.


    Filed Under: TRWTF is leaving a wooden table out in the snow.



  • @Buddy said:

    Whoever wrote and shared this really wants people to believe that men and women are fundamentally different.

    Or they just thought it was funny.

    @Buddy said:

    You write with your genitals?

    Only in the snow. And maybe in Japanese urinals, if I ever come across one.


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