World’s Oldest Joke, Worst Comic Strip Ever, Hipsters At The End of Time, Redux, P&G Slashes,

  • Excellent. And of course it would be … Academics have compiled a list of the most ancient gags and the oldest, harking back to 1900BC, is a Sumerian proverb from what is now southern Iraq. “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap,” goes the joke. Perhaps it loses something in translation from the original Sumerian. The oldest animation comes in at 5,200 years, the oldest joke (above) at about 3,900 years — cartoons lacked punch lines for more than 1,000 years…
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  • Cartoon historian Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew declares that Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy, which appeared in 1950s issues of My Weekly Reader, is the worst comic strip ever made.
  • We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality.
  • Two years ago, a video, made by as part of a pitch for Subway, quickly became a nightmare. It might have never been given a second thought, but the social media turned it into fresh meat for blogs ripping into the shop for making the video.
  • P&G slashed media spending last quarter at a steep double-digit pace that accelerated as the quarter progressed – a move that bodes ill for media players who had been counting on the stability of the world’s biggest advertiser. Unilever made cuts too.

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