I took a quick look at the calendar yesterday, and it confirmed my worst fears. Actually, the deadline has been extended to April 18th this year, but that still gives me only five more days to file my taxes. I’m not panicking, but maybe I should be. I’m somewhat concerned that, in my rush to file, I might make some mistakes. Honest mistakes, you understand, but ones that might get me audited. Which can be a harrowing experience. If I do get audited, the I.R.S.
One of the first rules of joke-making is that your audience should know what the joke is referring to. For instance, in order to get this cartoon of mine,you need to be acquainted with Hamlet’s famous soliloquy. Incidentally, if you’re not, ask for a refund on your college tuition. However, the topic of that soliloquy—death, and how we deal with it—is, unfortunately, something that everyone is acquainted with. So jokes dealing with that topic will have the widest possible audience.
This photo, of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, graphically illustrating the imminence of an Iranian bomb caught my attention for its comic possibilities. I know that the subject is serious; that is just one reason why the graphic, which he apparently made at Kinko’s, is so ridiculous. And if Israeli intelligence thinks that’s what a real bomb looks like, maybe their other projections are off as well. I’m surprised he could get that thing past U.N. security.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".