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Sarcasm is a double-edged sword: On one hand, the subtler you are in delivering sarcasm, the funnier it gets. On the other hand, the subtler the joke is, the more likely someone is to miss the sarcasm entirely and think you’re being serious…which actually makes it even funnier. So maybe sarcasm isn’t so much a double-edged sword as it is really, really funny.
In issue 203's Timeline section in Connect, Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba made a joke about the upcoming remake of 1981’s Clash of the Titans. In our Timeline, the diabolical duo proclaimed that the movie – and pretty much the entirety of Greek mythology – is a rip-off of Sony’s God of War.
We didn’t think the joke was exactly subtle – on the same page, we stated John Cusack has “a keen eye for compelling roles that win him Oscar nominations every year” in the description for Hot Tub Time Machine, for crying out loud. But that didn’t stop some readers from taking our claim seriously, and reporting to us how very, very wrong we were.
We’ve all been the victim of not being able to identify sarcasm before, so my goal in compiling these responses (which have all been made anonymous to protect the sarcasm detector-less) isn’t to make fun of anyone, but rather to celebrate that patently human experience of putting your foot in your mouth. Here is Joe and Reiner’s description in its entirety, followed by a small sampling of the 100+ responses we received (with their original spelling and grammar left intact).
The Courteous Responders:
Is That You, HAL?
A shot from this spring's Clash of the Titans remake
Count To Ten:
Time For A History Lesson:
Time For A Greek Mythology Lesson:
Time For A Classic Cinema Lesson:
A Surprising Compromise:
That Swinging Cat, Perseus:
The Ironically Sarcastic:
Another Apt Comparison:
A scene from 1981's Clash of the Titans, which may or may not have been inspired by God of War
For Zeus’ Sake!
Almost Got It:
You Thought We Were Serious About Nicolas Cage?!
The Shoe Is On The Other Foot:
This scene from Gears of War 3 is actually straight from Greek mythology
Do They Still Make VCRs?
The Good Old Fanboy Argument:
We Are Pretty Cute:
Nicolas Cage's performance in Con Air (pictured above) was also heavily influenced by Greek mythology
Congratulations, You Identified The Joke:
Research, Research, Research:
Oh, I See What You Did There:
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