Surfing through the 50 or so blogs I track at Bloglines, I recently viewed an entertaining four-minute video. Besides being funny, watching it is roughly analogous to an archeologist realizing that the cuneiform text he’s struggling to translate makes perfect sense on the assumption that it’s reporting the chemical properties of the last nine elements of the actinide series (elements 95 through 103), including the Hittite equivalent transliteration of their names: americium, curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, and lawrencium.
But, this video has nothing to do with Hittite cuneiform or the actinide series from the periodic table of elements. As the title to this blog indicates, the video has to do with man hugs. To be precise, the title is “How to Give A Great Man to Man Hug.”
The video edifies on two levels. First of all, it is funny. It is cast well, and the actors are flamboyantly hammy. Among the fun parts is a demonstration of what happens when a man-to-man hug is incompetently executed, resulting in a bashing together of foreheads and noses:
So, without further ado, be thou entertained by clicking the link below. After your entertainment, come back here, and I’ll set you to looking for the second way this video is edifying.
View “How to Give A Great Man-to-Man Hug” by clicking here.
For those of you who are used to seeing a video player embedded in other blogs and wonder why I didn’t do it here, it’s because WordPress does not permit this feature at their site for security reasons.
Now, the video edifies for another reason, because it inspires this question: Why is the subject of this video funny? I think I’ll leave it at that for a few days to see what others suggest.
Inaccurate answers will be “hammy acting” or “slapstick humor.” Yes, the video has both, and they contribute to the humor. But, that’s not what I’m asking about. Beyond the humorous elements (slapstick, hammy acting), the subject itself and how it is expounded in the video make us ask “Why is this funny?”
My thoughts on this later …