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Monday, 27 April 2009

Stephen Hawking's wicked sense of humour

I have to say, over the past two years, due to the company I keep, I've found myself appreciating the darker side of humour. The kind of humour that (not to put too fine a point on it) is considered offensive to many. That's why, when I saw a cartoon about Stephen Hawking that many would consider 'distasteful,' I did have a guilty chuckle.

I'm beginning to suspect that this dark streak is shared by none other than the Professor himself. My evidence?

Well, to start with, he's played a parody of himself: in Dilbert, Red Dwarf, Futurama and the Simpsons - as well as being the only person to play themselves in an episode of Star Trek: TNG.

Of course, all that could be merely courting publicity. Plenty of celebrities parody themselves without ever really 'getting' the joke - I'm looking at you, Britney - but what do you think of these?

Stephen Hawking Yahoo Answers

"Chosen by asker" being the key part here! And the cartoon I mentioned earlier:

Stephen Hawking cartoon

This controversial cartoon has recently provoked rage from many (here and here, for example). Stephen Hawking himself, of course, has asked for the original.

If anyone has a right to decide whether that's 'allowed' to be funny or not, it's him, surely! I hope you'll join me in wishing the Prof a speedy recovery. Get Well Soon, Stephen Hawking.


  1. I hope he does ok, he really is a great guy. And the opening in that episode of TNG says it all.

  2. Maybe he wasn't happy to do TNG. Let's face it, if someone nicks his remote he's not exactly got a choice has he?

    And I'm assuming that the company you keep refers in part to me. I'll consider that a namecheck!

  3. if it's funny.......laugh. it's good for ya.....ciao, jack

  4. Haha! I love the Yahoo answer he chose. =P He seems like a great person - the only way to get on with life is to see the funny side of things.

  5. I agree. A certain mischieviousness or 'naughtiness' helps give humour a bit of *bite*. Stephen Hawking is great - a real-life hero (and cyborg!)


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