....I'm fairly sure there's something wrong with me here....
quote from Cracked's list of "6 Animals that don't give a f*ck"
re: the mongoose
f they allowed bets on interspecies rivalries, we'd lay our money square on the snake, every time. And we would lose that money, for one very simple reason: because the mongoose isn't fighting snakes for food, or for territory, or for survival -- it's fighting snakes because f*ck snakes
. That's seriously the reason why: Occasionally you will see a mongoose eating the meat from a defeated snake, but as a general rule, they prefer to avoid it. Yet they still actively seek out and hunt snakes, oftentimes ones larger than themselves.
Logically, I know this makes no sense why I am finding that so absolutely hilarious. The other two cases were:
The stick figure animation to the infamous "Onyxia wipe" recording (from WoW)
The super abridged version of Wheel of Time's first 10 or 11 books (http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386600
The wipe video had me in stitches because of the imaginative, minimalistic humorous graphics juxtaposed with the absurdity of a raid leader whose raid didn't know the plan before they started, who either gives too much detail or too little detail and is oblivious to the fact he is not God's gift to gamers. The tears started when he's going "I want DoT's, (animation of a stick figure throwing a cloud of pretty polka dots) more DoT's (same animation, bigger cloud) (a few more instructions) MORE DoT's! (HUGE cloud of dots thrown by the stick figure, think they panned back to show them maybe)
ISAM had me struggling not to make noise and wake other passengers on the bus because it does mercilessly and very concisely expose most of the idiot balls, fridge logic and just plain bad writing in one of my favorite series. And I was laughing partially because I hadn't realized how many there WERE, and partially because I kinda knew all along it wasn't the best written series, but I hadn't stopped to really parse _why_ this was so. The tone is wonderfully droll.
The mongoose thing, I really am not sure right now why I lost it so much. My guess is because that attitude...racist, bigoted possibly genocidal hatred projected onto an animal...contrasted to the blithely confident judgment "Of course the snake will win" underlines an impression of pure wtf by the writer. But I already knew the mongoose had the edge. So partly it was sadistic "you go mongoose!" feeling... I mean, I like both animals. It just seemed clear to me the snake would lose way more often than it would win. Ironically, my reasoning why might have been quite flawed itself. Also, I found the image of this nigh-psychotic mongoose just consumed with snake hatred funny because I can't think of any other case where predators _routinely_ end up locked in combat just to have a fight. I mean, more than a skirmish of the stronger scaring the weaker off. So the hypothesized contradiction of my take on predator-predator relations amused me.
I hope others are amused by the quote or the other two cases of stuff that made me laugh enough to cry.
(Which made me check if wiki has any comments why it evolved this way they don't say.)