Aphelion Issue 281, Volume 27
March 2023
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Practical Joke

by Robin B. Lipinski

Comedy has changed since man first laughed when his neighbor was eaten by a dinosaur,
changed a lot,
from hitting another in the face with a pie
hitting a finger with a hammer
to using vulgar profanity a lot.

Why does comedy change but not anger?
Is comedy like sex?
You know, every generation must discover it for themselves,
the first time.

Comedy has changed,
but not the joke…

Year 2324,
another ship off to the stars
filled with genetically pure humans
and the joke embedded in the computer
when an moon based technical being put a X-2771 targent in the wave
wait for it…
wait for it…
a misalignment of venstol stack!

(I just blew fermented tava protein fruit mix from my nose)
What's that, you don't get it, you don't get the joke?
Well, fine, be angry just like that crew on it's way to Sargo M3-12 next to the twin suns,
there theirs where there will be true anger while the folks watching the screen on Sargo will laugh
and I, a Zartooth cyborg robot, with human emotions and looks
will get destroyed,
all because I explored humor.

the end of comedy as mankind knows it.

© 2013 Robin B. Lipinski

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