for the classes of Prof. Richardson


Click on this image (which is a screen capture of the category in yahoo which shows all the sections on humour)
Check the sections

Humour is a big thing on the Internet, whether you spell it Canadian style, or American style
Below are the categories that Yahoo lists for humour, but there are many others as well.

Humour, facilitated by technology enhancing communication, is one of the common elements of all societies and it also makes sense that the "Internet and its Impact on Society" would include facilitating the spread of humour.

. The history of 404

Room 404 was a real place at CERN.
In an office on the fourth floor  (room 404), they placed the World Wide Web's central database: any request for a  file was routed to that office, where two or three people would manually locate the requested files and transfer  them, over the network, to the person who made that  request. 

When the database started to grow, and the people at  CERN realised that they were able to retrieve documents other than their own research-papers, not only the number of requests grew, but also the number of requests that could not be fulfilled, usually because the person who  requested a file typed in the wrong name for that file. 
room 404 Soon these faulty requests were answered with a standard  message: "Room 404: file not found".
 later shortened to "404: file not found". 

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Part of the humour online is self-effacing humour - that is to say making fun of yourself for spending
too much time on the Internet and not having a "real life"
There is a wide variety of sites that joke about people who spend too much time online.

Sharing - part of humour is sharing, here is a great site dedicated to sharing personal embarassing experiences.

check the links marked
"Have you noticed the "awards" plastered all over the bottom of so many webpages? Who are the self-proclaimed experts in web design who bestow these awards? And, other than having a computer, a modem, and a big ego, what are their qualifications to determine who has a good  website and who has a crummy one? " recommended by Mike
satire of PC Magazine
Here is a web site with links to stupid lists
Things to do with a Newspaper!
Things to do with a glass of Water!
Appliances to plug into one single overloaded outlet!
Ways to make use of your Junkmail!
Things to do with a burnt out Light bulb!
. Perhaps the most famous source of lists is Letterman's TOP 10's
 Top Ten Signs You're Watching a Bad Gladiator Movie
10. Computer-animated tiger freezes thanks to "I Love You"  virus.
 9.  "Ancient Rome" looks an awful lot like downtown Yonkers.
8.  The rebel gladiators hold their meetings at the Olive Garden.
7.  The "chariots": Dodge Neons with the roofs cut off.
6.  Accusations that matches have been fixed by promoter Donus Kingus.
 5. During a battle, one gladiator yells, "car" and they all  have to let the traffic through.
4.  Julius Caesar assassinated by Puff Daddy.
 3. Instead of emperor's thumb down -- he gives the finger.
2. It's three hours of guys in their underwear shooting   rubber bands at one another.
1. It's about the fall of Roma Downey. list of hacked web sites
showing before and afters

Jokes translated into other languages !!

Why do gorilla's have big nose holes? They have big fingers. 
Italian: Perchè il gorilla ha narici grandi? Hanno barrette grandi. 
Spanish: Por qué el gorila tiene ventanas de la nariz grandes? Tienen dedos grandes. 
French: Pourquoi le gorille ont-ils de grandes narines? Elles ont de grands doigts. 
Portuguese: Por que o gorilla tem as narinas grandes? Têm os dedos grandes. 
German: Warum haben des Gorillas grosse Nasenlöcher? Sie haben grosse Finger.

Humour is often associated with cultural background which = nation or country you come from. There is a lot of humour on the net about what Americans think of Canadians, and vice versa
You know you're Canadian when:

          original list at
          2. You're not offended by the term, "Homo Milk".
          7. You know that a mickey and 2-4's mean "Party at the camp, eh!"
          8. You can drink legally while still a 'teen. 9. You talk about the weather with strangers and friends alike.
          10.You don't know or care about the fuss with Cuba, it's just a cheap place to travel with good cigars and
          no Americans.
          12.You're not sure if the leader of your nation has EVER had sex and you don't want to know if he has!
          17.You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
          19.You know that Mounties "don't always look like that".
          20.You dismiss all beers under 6% as "for children and the elderly".
          26.Unlike any international assasin/terrorist/spy in the world, you don't possess a Canadian passport.
          28.You know the French equivalents of "free", "prize", and "no sugar added", thanks to your extensive
          education in bilingual cereal packaging.
          37.You never miss "Coaches Corner".
          38.Back bacon and Kraft Dinner are two of your favourite food groups.
          39. You use "elastics", not rubber bands
          43. You see "Dunh da Dunh da Daaah" and immediately think of the "Hockey Night in Canada" anthem is one of many sites by famous cartoon strips
Question: Why do we talk about humour and comedians in a Canadian college class about the "Internet & Society"?
Answer: Cause Canadians are funny people
And if you don't believe that, look at all the Canadian comedians who moved to the U.S. to become big stars
Aykroyd, Dan: Comedian, Actor. "Saturday Night Live", "The Blues Brothers" 
Candy, John: Comedian, Actor. "SCTV
Carrey, Jim: Comedian, Actor. "The Mask", "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "The Truman Show" 
Chong, Thomas: Comedian. Half of Cheech and Chong 
Harron, Don: Actor, Comedian, Author, a.k.a.: Charlie Farquharson, "Hee Haw". 
Hartman, Phil: Actor, Comedian. "Saturday Night Live", "News Radio" 
Leacock, Stephen: Author, Humourist. "Literary Lapses" 
Levy, Eugene: Comedian, Actor. "SCTV" 
Little, Rich: Impressionist. 
McCulloch, Bruce: Comedian. "Kids in the Hall" 
McDonald, Kevin: Comedian. "Kids in the Hall" 
MacDonald, Norm: Comedian, Actor: "Saturday Night Live" 
McKinney, Mark: Comedian. "Kids in the Hall", "Saturday Night Live" 
Mandel, Howie: Comedian, Actor. "St. Elsewhere" 
Martin, Andrea: Comedienne, Actress. "SCTV", "Star Trek: DS9" 
Michaels, Lorne: Producer, Writer. "Saturday Night Live" 
Moranis, Rick: Comedian, Actor. "SCTV", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" 
Myers, Mike: Comedian, Actor. a.k.a.: Wayne Campbell on "Saturday Night Live" 
O'Hara, Catherine: Actress. "SCTV" "Beetlejuice", "Home Alone" 
Sahl, Mort: Comedian, Actor 
Sennett, Mack: Director, Comedian, Actor, Producer. the Keystone Kops, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" 
Short, Martin: Comedian, Actor. "SCTV", "Saturday Night Live", "Clifford" 
Shuster, Frank: Comedian. Wayne and Shuster made the most guest appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show" 
Smith, Steve: Comedian, Actor. "The Red Green Show" 
Steinberg, David: Comedian, Actor, Director. "Designing Women" 
Thomas, Dave: Comedian. "SCTV", "Strange Brew", "Grace Under Fire" 
Thompson, Scott: Comedian Actor. "Kids in the Hall" 
Wayne, Johnny: Comedian, Wayne and Shuster made the most guest appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show"
original list at

patriots can go to the Canadian flag clipart gallery

One of the most well known humour things on the Internet is the stories associated with the Simpsons
Is Homer Simpson Canadian? 

In Montreal for a performance of The Simpsons  In the Flesh stage show at the Just  for Laughs comedy festival, the shows creator Matt Groening noted Thursday his dad was born in Canada. Homer being named after Groening's father, so what does where does this lead Homer?  "That would make Homer Simpson a Canadian," Groening said in an interview. "I hope Canadians won't hold it against the show now that they know. Not all too surprising, as one fan noted, "Homer eats foods commonly associated with Canada: donuts, beer, bacon, and has been know to have a glass of maple syrup for breakfast.".   Update (June 2, 2003): After Matt Groening stated his father, Homer Groening,  was likely from Winnipeg, the city of Winnipeg declared Homer Simpsons and honorary Winnipegger on May 30, 2003. Although it has now be revealed the Homer Groening is more likely to hail from Main Centre, Saskatchewan it didn't have an  effect on the 300 some people who attended the ceremony."
from Wade Penner's site 
see also Wade's  page