It is difficult to be all alone. Especially where humor is involved. We try to make jokes and when people do not laugh, it can be lonely. Here are a few literary allusions and jokes I find hilarious, but no one ever gets:
“This (object) will last for a 1000 years!”
This is a paraphrase of a quote in Jack Keroauc’s On the Road. Sal is visiting a friend in Texas who is building a shelf and proclaims it will last a millenia as it is from an old sturdy board. No one gets it.
“Looks like we are in a sticky situation.”
Any time this works as a pun on the situation (spilled syrup, trapped in a town called Mount Carmel, untying a not of Velcro) I laugh until tears come. My wife just looks at me.
“(longer name) for short.”
In one of the Winnie the Pooh books, Christopher Robin “names” a washed Piglet “Pootel.” Or “Henry Pootel for short.” Whenever I make a joke, no one gets it. I have several folks who just think I’m an idiot because I don’t realize the longer version is not a “for short” version. Which is frustrating, because the irreverence is so satisfyingly refreshing in that little bit.
I hate when people don’t get my jokes, it’s so depressing.
(Which is an allusion to Marvin the Paranoid Android).