Is "Hourly Pornhubbed Heathcliff" the best bot on Twitter?

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Am I broken because I don’t get it? I mean, the concept is fine, but the images and text just come off as gibberish in the examples given. I guess that’s funny? I also didn’t find Robot Chicken or its ilk remotely funny for the same reasons, so ymmv.

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I will say “different strokes for different folks” and I sincerely hope you will picture a suitable Heathcliff comic above that caption that both summarizes the subjectivity of humor and gives a little chuckle.

But yeah, this didn’t strike me as being very funny. Robot Chicken though often does!

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I’m with you. I mean, yeah, the concept is funny but the actual execution feels somewhat flat to me. I’m not against it or saying I don’t get other people finding it funny, it just fails for me.

At least those were usually somewhat related to the source material? I may not have been the target audience for the humor most of the time but I could see the connection.

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I think we can all agree it’s a challenging wank without the dirty pictures.

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Personally, I think the problem was the examples. My favorites are the perfectly SFW comments.
Knowing the how they’re made is some of the humor, and the fact that Healthcliff is already surreal is adds to it.

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Cracking Up Lol GIF by The Great Pottery Throw Down

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It’s subjective and I’m glad other people find it funny but for me Heathcliff is already so surreal this doesn’t really add to it.

Now, if they’d chosen to do this with The Lockhorns or, even better, turned random Pornhub comments into Mary Worth dialogue that would be something.

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Some of them kinda work, but not many.

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in the early pleistocene pre-internetz we adolescents used to liven up the long summer days at the rock quarry by adding “…she said” or “…in bed” to various random sentences, (often supplied via fortune cookie) oh how we would laugh and shout “stop bogart’n n’ pass!” [wipes tear on the horrors of nostalgia]

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I guess that some folk have very vivid imaginations.

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I do not want to see the video that quote comes from

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So I read several dozen of these and I agree, the comments seldom work with the images. That’s what you get with random pictures + random comments, I guess. I did not laugh.

On the other hand the Heathcliff images baffled me. I haven’t seen that cartoon in a decade or more. Back then it was simply a collection of unfunny gags, nothing particularly bizarre. But now–!

What were the original captions like? What’s with running themes like Heathcliff wearing a labeled helmet, using bubble gum to fly, “dude” references, Heathcliff walking beside giant robot/Puritan/whatever, and the endless ham references? The panel would be weird without random PornHub comments.

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Family Circus

I have an uncle who has never been on the internet. He doesn’t know what an internet looks like and he has zero curiosity to interface with an internet. Heathcliff (or any benign syndicate from the newspaper age) is right down his alley and for that reason, I think this Twitter feed is quite extraordinary. In general, situationist efforts and conversation tends to leave him flummoxed and agitated and ‘reason hangry’. He can’t seem to pinpoint what bothers him, but he instinctively suspects that something is ‘off’ and that to me is really hilarious.

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Snorting Coffee

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So, is it just the RSS feed that’s getting what appear to be bespoke AI generated images? They don’t seem to show up on the actual web page.
The one for this article looks like this:


They are a thing of beauty and/or horror.

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Never would have expected the phrase “challenging wank” would make me wistful, but here we are.

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