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Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

The vanity of being stupid

If you have the stupidest idea or opinion on almost anything, then take heart, you have company in the wilderness of the world wide web, writes Jhoomur Bose.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2008 10:10 IST
Jhoomur Bose
Jhoomur Bose

Do you hate soup? Or think that dressing like a cat will get you everything? Or that Batman might be gay? If it’s a yes to the last one, you are joining those who’ve questioned the sexuality of Batman’s alter-ego — the billionnaire Bruce Wayne — as far back as 1954.

Much before Christian Bale rasped some respectability into the Dark Knight and before the late Heath Ledger changed how the viewer/reader perceived The Joker.

As for hating soup, there’s a 10-second rap song by that name and a yet-to-start website ( that promises to be up soon. Then there’s the TypePad ( blog, Lux Lotus ( that talks about how dressing like a cat might be the best way for you to get whatever you want. The point being, whatever it is you dig, dish, hate or sublimate, there’s a blog or website that caters to it. No matter how bizarre, there’s someone out there who’s doing it and someone else blogging about it.

The blogosphere is a good way to validate yourself, to know that no matter how silly a thought, you have company in the world wide web. If nothing else, finding others with your interests or even different ones from yours can lead to good laughs. Like discovering that there is an entire blog dedicated to icing mistakes on cakes. While Russia and Georgia tank each other out in a real-life simulation (oxymoron, eh?) of Empire Earth III, there are cakes being baked and decorated the world over and those who are botching them up too.

When real life goes horribly wrong, you read about it and when professional cakes go horribly wrong, you blog about it.

Or at least so does Cake Wrecks ( that comes up daily with pictures of professional cakes that have something horribly, hilariously wrong with them. Like a cake with naked babies riding carrots (why indeed?) or a cake that says ‘Happy November & December Birthday’s — abbreviate Nov & Dec if you have to’. As the blogger says on Cake Wrecks, “sometimes stupidity takes so much effort.” Look at the history of war for instance (globally please, not just the USA).

Sometimes life is just worth a laugh, before the bombs get us all. As Jenn Thorson says on the header of her blog, Of Cabbages and Kings (, “Life’s funny. Embrace the nonsense.” As part of her embracing nature, Jen blogs on topics as varied as summer jobs, to Ouija boards and how every other blog on earth has some sort of voting/rating system on it. Oh, and every post of hers is followed by a ‘vote for this post at Humour blogs’. Life’s funny, bloggers funnier still.