S.P. Charles: ”What’s the joke even SUPPOSED to be here?”

Cidu Bill on Feb 27th 2013


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19 Responses to “S.P. Charles: ”What’s the joke even SUPPOSED to be here?””

  1. Brian Feb 27th 2013 at 09:45 am 1

    Championship fever gets them hot over the prospect of a championship. Championship ebola gets them dieing over the prospect of a championship? Eating flesh over the prospect of a championship?

  2. yellojkt Feb 27th 2013 at 10:04 am 2

    The joke is that there is no disease too unlikely for a denizen of the Funkiverse to catch.

  3. fj Feb 27th 2013 at 10:38 am 3

    I know we all like to make fun of the Funkyverse, but is this really that hard?

    Holy Toledo’s championship fever is to a regular case of championship fever as the evola virus is to a regular fever virus. In other words, they have a really intense, powerful, all-consuming desire to win. It’s an analogy on top of a metaphor. Yes, it does not make sense when taken literally, but neither does “championship fever.”

    Compared to stroke jokes, this is a knee-slapper.

  4. Mona Feb 27th 2013 at 10:51 am 4

    fj@3 has got it - totally all-consuming.

  5. Mark M Feb 27th 2013 at 11:08 am 5

    fj- I got the “joke” right away too, but it’s not a good comparison considering one is a symptom and the other an affliction.

    Geesh, from the look on her face, she doesn’t even think her own joke is funny.

  6. fj Feb 27th 2013 at 11:21 am 6

    Mark M–

    Yes, a “fever” might be more properly called a symptom, but colloquially speaking, it is quite often used to refer to the underlying disease. Consider these immortal lyrics: “I’ve got the fever/and you’ve got the cure” (Robert Palmer “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”) or “She died of a fever / and no one could save her / and that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.”

    But of couse it’s not funny to Linda (the wife of the coach). Flora Burns’s crew appears as if they are about to mop up the Lady Scapegoats. But Summer will likely save the day. And then Bull can offer some quasi-humerous malapropism as commentary.

  7. Paperboy Feb 27th 2013 at 11:41 am 7

    And more immortal lyrics:
    “There’s a thing that’s going around
    Everybody’s getting it, y’all
    And it’s getting them down
    Oh, yes, it is
    It’s called funky (funky)
    Funky (funky) funky fever
    (Funky, funky fever…”

  8. Elyrest Feb 27th 2013 at 11:59 am 8

    You give me fever
    when you kiss me
    fever when you hold me tight
    In the morning
    Fever all through the night

    Peggy Lee’s song just wouldn’t sound the same with ebola virus in it.

  9. Lost in A**2 Feb 27th 2013 at 01:17 pm 9

    (Isn’t ebola a “hemorrhagic fever?”)

  10. Jeff S. Feb 27th 2013 at 06:32 pm 10

    According to the never-wrong Wikipedia –

    Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease which may be caused by any of four of the five known ebola viruses. These four viruses are: Bundibugyo virus (BDBV), Ebola virus (EBOV), Sudan virus (SUDV), and Taï Forest virus (TAFV, formerly and more commonly Côte d’Ivoire Ebola virus (Ivory Coast Ebolavirus, CIEBOV)). EVD is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), and is clinically nearly indistinguishable from Marburg virus disease (MVD).

    The name comes from Ebola River in Republic of the Congo, where it was first found.

  11. mitch4 Feb 27th 2013 at 08:12 pm 11

    If you don’t mind a slight digression … I’ve never quite understood the traditional saying about treatment: “Feed a cold and starve a fever”.

    Is this:

    (1) Advice about two different conditions, with very contrary recommended treatments: Feed the patient who has a cold, but restrict food for the patient who has fever.


    (2) Advice about a single situation, describing the recommended treatment and the expected outcome: Feed the patient who has that (feverish) cold, and expect it will succeed to “starve” (”sterben” == kill) away the fever (of the cold) he or she is experiencing.

  12. Jeff S. Feb 27th 2013 at 08:22 pm 12

    mitch4… #1

  13. mitch4 Feb 27th 2013 at 08:45 pm 13

    Jeff S., thanks for checking in on the starve-a-fever question. But if these are contrasting situations, why does the elevated temperature of a cold not count as a fever? [And incidentally, under interpretation #1 was this ever good advice? Why would you not keep the patient well fed?]

  14. The Bad Seed Feb 27th 2013 at 10:08 pm 14

    Insert any random daily Batiuk comic under that headline, dude, including both Funky and Crankshaft.

  15. Arch Feb 27th 2013 at 11:55 pm 15

    fj, hasn’t modern science established that the ebola virus is actually tranmitted by African swallows and migratory coconuts?

  16. Cidu Bill Feb 28th 2013 at 01:10 am 16

    Bad Seed, there’s a difference between “isn’t funny” and, as S.P. asked, “what’s the joke supposed to be?”

  17. fj Feb 28th 2013 at 08:24 am 17

    Well, an African swallow, sure, but not a European swallow, of course…

  18. D McKeon Feb 28th 2013 at 03:07 pm 18


    The traditional saying is #1, but modern medicine tends
    toward the reverse approach, with recent studies reversing that!

  19. mitch4 Feb 28th 2013 at 04:11 pm 19

    Thanks, D McKeon! — That’s something to chew on. But not swallow.

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