Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tom-Foolery vs. Shenanigans

For the past two years I've been working on a research project to understand the difference between Tom-Foolery and Shenanigans. I think I cracked the code tonight. It's actually quite simple.

Shenanigans are pre-conceived. Afterwards you will look at a picture of a shenanigan and say, "Oh yeah, I was going for Jesse the Body Ventura there".

Tom-Foolery is when an unknown force takes over and you have no control over the situation. When looking at pictures of Tom-Foolery the standard response is a short quick nervous laugh. Behind the scenes your brain says, "what the fuck were you doing dumbass".

The real difficulty is decoding if an event is Tom-Foolery or a Shenanigan in real time. That will be part two of my upcoming special on NOVA.

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