Today I would like to share one of my favorite corners of the internet, the National Post’s novelty Twitter account Limericking. Limericking turns the news not only into limericks but into pretty consistently good limericks, which I think is just great. When something batshit crazy happens in the world every couple days, I take some small solace in the knowledge that soon there will be a limerick about it.
What to say about last week? It happened and now it’s over. Steve Bannon did a hilarious self-own and then got canned; quote unquote free speech activists in Boston did an even bigger self-own; Tina Fey did a bad bit about cake; the president twice tweeted a tweet with the same typos; some statues got torn down. Not a great week but not a horrible one, except for the horrible parts. And now, as our reward for getting through it, we get an eclipse! What a treat.
In the hot new meme everyone’s talking about, funny people of the world pair the text of this James Woods tweet with images of different statues, and also unfunny people of the world do it too. What’s great about the meme is how silly some of the statues are, and also how James Woods is a moron. Here’s the official Paste Comedy policy on tearing down Confederate statues: Do it.
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