by Brandy D. Anderson
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and Byron said it’s the cheapest. Parodies are some of the most fun forms of humour, and Tumblr hosts a number of great parody sites. Whether you like poking fun at computer posers, laughing at the rich “bohemians”, delving into the wacky world of comics, or challenging just what it means to be “girly”, these four Tumblr parody sites are sure to make you laugh:
“’It’s really crazy how close to real life we can get with art.’ – Gizmodo”
Computers are being used in pretty much any field you can think of, so it’s no surprise that computer generated images have exploded into the world of art and photography. You’ve probably seen the headlines: “You won’t believe this photograph isn’t real!” You look at the picture closely, trying to see if you can figure out whether the subject is a real person rather than a creative rendering using CGI. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell the difference. Well, this page capitalizes on the craze with its snarky displays of so-called computer generated images.
The remarkable thing is how many tech sites have been fooled by this parody page, including Huffington Post UK, who published an article about the astonishing ‘life-like’ images found on HYPERREALCG. The beauty of this page is that they literally post real photos (not CGI images) found across the web and then add a title (usually with subdued humour), the artist, and the softwear supposedly used to render the image. Example: One of their most popular posts is of a toilet with the seat up, captioned: “’Real toilet with brown walls’”/Artist: David Oreilly/Software: Maya 2012”. Another image depicts a Greek marble bust on a pedestal in a museum: “3D scanned object and modeling in C4D, color correction in LR”. My favourite recent post shows a French Press, a silver milk carafe and a glass: “’Coffee Hipster Paraphernalia’”/Artist: fractalfriday/Software: Blender”, but the best bit is the added tongue-in-cheek commentary added below the ‘stats’: “Used way too much shaders, it came out too dark but I kind of like it this way”.
“A parody of the blog ‘justgirlythings‘. Nothing should be taken too seriously, we apologize if anyone is offended, but it’s the internet. I hope you enjoy and if you have any ideas, please share and we will give credit.”
Okay, to enjoy this blog you need to at least be somewhat familiar with the blog they’re parodying – Justgirlythings, which is a Tumblr blog that mostly posts cute memes that get reblogged like crazy. For instance, some of the most recent posts are memes reading: “Relaxing by the pool”, “Being excited for the Fourth of July”, “Never wanting to get out of bed some days”, “Trying out a new perfume”, “Always wearing your favourite t-shirt”, and “Fun parties with your friends”.
So Almostgirlythings posts bitingly funny memes such as: “Shaving his armpit hair then sticking it up his nose”, “Wearing a bathing suit backwards”, “Creampie lattes”, “Touching your heels with his prostate”, and “Putting your nudes as your screensaver”. Some more: “Using your deodorant as chapstick”, “When you puke Skittles into his mouth”, “Voting for Mitt Romney”, and “Eating sandwiches in front of orphans”. A gentle warning, though, many of the memes are pretty crude, I’ve shared the more mild ones here…but most of them are pretty darn funny.
“Funny comic book and superhero stuff from around the web.”
For those comic enthusiasts out there, this is the parody blog for you! This page posts funny takes on beloved comics, classic and modern, and there’s really no shortage of shenanigans to be found here. The most recent post features Superman and Wonderwoman standing side by side, the barrels of an arsenal of guns pointed towards them, bullets flying out and hitting them at close range. Of course, Superman stands with hands on hips and just lets the bullets bounce right off his chest as Wonderwoman battles the bullets by deflecting them with her wrist bands. Superman says, “You’re mostly invulnerable, right?” She answers, “Yeah.” He asks, “So why do you bother blocking bullets with your bracelets?” The next image shows Wonderwoman with hands on hips, allowing bullets to bounce off her chest – with the motion caption of “Jiggle” appearing on the left, then right, as the bullets hit her breastplate – the off page shooters are laughing (“Hee hee”), Wonderwoman glares at Superman, who then says, “Understood” as she once more moves to deflect the bullets.
Another comic features a mischievous Loki (the animation is Groening Simpson style) wreaking havoc on a scene “Not long after” The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Loki gets a spell of invisiblity so he “can observe Thor undetected”. He giddily goes on, “Now, let us see what damage the God of Mischief may cause!” So what’s Loki to do first with this dastardly plan? Well, he gets sidetracked when he finds Thor’s unattended helmet: “This gives me an idea! I’ll coat the inside of the helmet with a hair-removal cream! After the blunder god has worn it for a time, he’ll be bald as an egg! I’ll search the mansion’s bathing rooms for a depilatory cream… but first, I cannot resist a prank from my earliest days… loosening the salt shaker cap!” I’ll leave you with that delicious teaser so you can find out for yourself what happens in the next thrilling installment!
“Bohemia just got a lot more expensive.”
To truly get the humour on this blog you need to know Anthropologie, the women’s clothing and accessory company catering to well-off bohemians and lovers of all things chic (think Stevie Nicks but more pretentious). Their catalog features a lot of poet’s shirts, flowing skirts, and vintage style dresses. You’ll also find quirky home décor and jewelry. Well, Anthroparodie is a fake version of this popular catalog and it’s even funnier when you realize their seemingly faux products are actually real Anthropologie products, they simply change the name and description, and hike up the price (sometimes not by that much, either!).
The parody blog’s welcome message: At Anthroparodie, we provide the elite and fashionable adventurous dreamers and artists with an illusion of a Bohemian lifestyle, while still promoting bourgeois decadence. Offering found vintage items that we design ourselves (and assemble in sultry third-world locales) our 153+ retail shops are a one-of-a-kind boutique. To purchase our floaty, flouncy, owlish, new-antique, hand-made, twee apparel and trinketry, click on the product name which links to our online marketplace.” You’ll find the Logarhythm Docking Station (iTree): “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? With dual speakers and full iProduct compatibility, this one certainly does!” $15,000 is struck out with the new (improved) price tag of $6,999.95 – the real iTree was $1,499.95 (with the crazy price of $15,000 beside it in parentheses – seriously). You’ll also find Glass Salt Shakers, Load-Bearing Side Table, Sculpture Ornaments, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs (for the super price of $398,000,000), and a Rotorigami Phone for $798, which made me laugh until I looked up the real Paper Rotary Phone offered by Anthropologie for the same price!