"Anyone Without a Sense of Humour
is at the Mercy of the Rest of Us!"
The official home page of the "HumourNet" mailing list.
"HumourNet" is a
for jokes, humourous stories, and entertaining anecdotes. Simply put, list members send me (Vince Sabio) humourous contributions, which I periodically
the Collages -- generally about 10-15KB each -- are mailed out to the list on a less-than-regular basis (usually once a month, these days). Note that HumourNet is not for risque or bawdy humour; if your preferences run along those lines, please check out our sister list,
Bawdy.Net. If you'd like, you can get
information on how to subscribe to HumourNet and/or
Bawdy.Net (subscriptions to both lists are free).
Click on the big "HumourNet" banner above to browse the HumourNet archives.
For a quick sampling, check out some old favorites ...
Collage 26 ...
Collage 21 ...
Collage 68 ...
Collage 118 ...
Collage 112 ...
Collage 96 ...
Collage 170 ...
Collage 169. Or click here for
one of my favorite comics.
What really distinguishes HumourNet from most of the other humour mailing lists on the 'Net is the "opener" (the introduction to each Collage). These are all original material, written by
me, and are the hallmark of HumourNet. Here are some examples ... you can browse openers on the topics of:
And then there's a HumourNet classic, the "Unsubscription Fee" Collages:
You can go straight to the
revised Stupid-Criminal Hall of Shame, or check out
the complete Collage. Also, you can see the
original version of the Stupid-Criminal Hall of Shame, posted to HumourNet in the May 1995 time frame; or, you can browse the
For those who like to engage their "Send Mail" buttons before their brains: Despite the
initial egregious error made on rec.humor.funny by Jim Griffith of Clarinet, the Stupid-Criminal Hall of Shame was really authored by
me for HumourNet (in about the May 1995 time frame, though I wasn't "date stamping" Collages back then). It was not authored by either Chuck Shepherd of
"News of the Weird" or by Randy Cassingham of
"This is True" (who is, BTW, a HumourNet subscriber). Following an e-mail from Chuck Shepherd,
Jim Griffith and Clarinet recanted their mistake on rec.humor.funny, and again,
in a little greater detail, on rec.humor.d.
In case you haven't already seen it ...
Long before there was a Ted Kaczinsky,
HumourNet agreed to publish the Unabomber's Manifesto.
You can still view the official announcement!
And just for fun ...
How to Get On The 'Net -- FREE! (just by being a supermodel)
More Humour ...
(Note 1: None of this material was written by me.)
(Note 2: This note is now obsolete, but has been left in place so that I do not have renumber "Note 1.")
- Bill of No Rights:
For those who misunderstood the Bill of Rights, here's clarification.
Oh, and here's the original.
An analysis of gender differences, by Michael Crichton.
- Enginerds Explained: Scott Adams ("Dilbert") helps us understand these strange beings.
- If Brains Were Bird Droppings, We'd Have a Clean Cage: The canonical list of "Full Deckisms."
- Who's On First:
The classic sketch by Abbott & Costello (this one appeared in
- Moby Dick as Software:
A literary paradigm.
- Bill Gates In Heaven:
Is it possible?
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
Straight from the MacGyver cookbook.
- Blonde Jokes
(Warning: Many of these are very explicit, and can be offensive.)
- Advice for the Young Bride:
Ever wonder where they learned all those tricks?
(Urban Legend Alert! Read this
analysis of the veracity of
- The Great Gigahertz Grape Game:
A whole new way to pass the time!
- Project Management:
God's approach to the problem.
- PC Primer:
Learn how to mend your offensive (non-PC) ways....
- Real Programmers:
Are you a Real Programmer? Find out!
- Programmer Evolution:
>From BASIC programmer to corporate manager ...
- The UNIX "baby" Command:
Learn the correct syntax for forking a child process.
- The SCSI FAQ:
"Facetiously Answered Questions" about the SCSI bus.
- Redneck Jokes:
They need no introduction.
- Redneck Etiquette:
Proper rules of conduct for rednecks.
- Country Music Titles:
The canonical list.
- 100 Ways to Annoy Your Roommate:
Not happy with your living arrangements?
- Murphy's Laws of Combat Operations:
The real story of combat ops.
- The Student Pilot:
How to really impress the FAA.
- Reservations of an Airline Agent:
One man's account of the stupidity of the American public.
- Steven Wright Humour:
An eclectic collection of S.W. quips.
- Deleted Characters:
Where do they go after you press the "delete" key?
- Swami B's Guide to
Fiscal Fitness: An amusing look at managing personal finances.
- GET RICH QUICK!
A more entertaining version of the schemes that plagued the 'Net.
- You Might Be An Enginerd:
Not sure if you are? Take this simple test....
- A Project Named 'Engineering':
A play about Engineers vs. The Rest of the World....
- Bart Simpson Will Not:
The collected writings of Bart.
- Death Star Daycare:
Day-care services, intergalactic style.
- Letter to Dave:
Another humourist meets Dave Barry head on.
- College Notes Can Kill:
Burn them now, before they burn you.
- The God of the Month Club:
Get all the God(tm) you can stand!
- Creation: The Early Days:
How it all came to pass, quasi-excerpted from the Bible.
- Genesis of C:
Was it really the work of the Devil?
- Genesis Revisited:
Forget that biblical stuff; here's the real story.
- The Day The Service Died:
"Bye Bye to America Online."
- Courtroom Bloopers, Version 2:
An extensive collection of litigious outtakes.
- The Official, All-Purpose DISCLAIMER:
Your lawyer will love you for it.
- The Lincoln Seminar:
Did Lincoln really write the Gettysburg Address?
- Are You a TV Addict?
Take this simple test ...
- How To Unsubscribe From a List:
The instructions you wish you could give the idiots ...
- English vs. American:
A complete (and often graphic) contrast of two very different languages.
- Trip to Eilat:
A tale of high-school kids at a popular Israeli resort.
- One For The Road:
Jitney-riding in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Hooked on Diff EQs:
Understanding complex mathematics through music!
- Sig From Hell:
How to win friends and influence people -- with your .sig!
- A Man For All Seasons:
Be the first girl on your block to own a Male-Friend-Companion(tm)!
Recent studies show that this disease might be genetic!
- Three Liberal Pigs:
The real story of porcine oppression.
Note: The following section is left intact for historical purposes; the mailing list, however, has been defunct since 2002. It is not expected to be resurrected any time soon, primarily as a result of too much spam and too little time to deal with it.
Subscriptions to the HumourNet mailing list are free -- and many of the list members have said that their subscriptions are worth two to five times that amount! Just click here for instructions on how to subscribe to HumourNet -- right now, from your Web browser!
If you are curious about how HumourNet got started, then check out the short -- but very well written (now that the typos have been cleaned up) -- Genesis of HumourNet.
Speaking of HumourNet history: In October, 1995, HumourNet spun off a sister list for risque humour. The list is known as "Bawdy.Net," and is moderated by Shawn King in Vancouver, British Columbia (for the geographically impaired, that's in Canada). Click here for
information on how to subscribe to Bawdy.Net.
Still not enough humour for you? Well then, check out the
quasi-canonical list of humour mailing lists!
In the interest of preserving a little slice of Internet history, outdated links or defunct pages in this section
will not be removed. Instead, I will simply label them as outdated or defunct, and we old-timers can reminisce
about the good old days when these sites were cornerstones of Internet culture -- such as it was.
Comics (of various sorts) ...
... humourists on the Net ...
... humour archives ...
... some other interesting/amusing/entertaining Web sites ...
... from the "too much spare time on their hands" crowd ...
- George Goble's Charcoal-Lighting Experiments: How fast can you light your charcoal?
(this link is outdated 20070617)
- The AGD Antics Page: Fun with dry ice, surgical tubing, Spam(tm), and more....
(this link is outdated 20070617)
(Note: "Spam," a quasi-abbreviation for "spoiled ham," ;-) is a product of the Hormel Foods corporation.)
- Speaking of SPAM, don't forget the SPAM CAM.
(this site is a classic, but is no longer being updated 19990727)
(this link is outdated 20070617)
- How to Properly Break Your Computer
(this link still works! 20070617)
... and finally....
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Page last updated: 17 Jun 2007