You explained why you laughed, already. You explained the joke - behavior you had tagged as "funny" when you had projected it unto others (who did not exhibit it, as you and the troop did). And the explanation was ridiculous - a comedy writers take on a bigot caught out, if it had been set up better by me. There is simply no way anyone harbors a stereotype of any demographic class of white Texans in general or longtime white Houston citizens in particular as swimmers - to see the claim posted as believable was precious, but wholly unexpected. The Poe's Law joke was calculated to be so obviously bigotry based and so obviously parallel to the California joke that the bigotry behind the California joke would pop out of the background and stand revealed to even a casual reader. Instead, it smoked out the depth to which you guys are drowned in the Republican swill - the "ignore the corporate interests you keep tripping over" framing of everything, the ubiquitous treatment of corporate wrongdoing as if it were the weather - uncaused and inevitable and impervious to human interference. Nobody's fault. And that is the fog from which emerged the lost boy of the OP posting. The issue of the thread. It never was about humor, and being about humor makes nothing funny anyway - the attempts at deflection into joke posting (revealing as they were about the posters's comprehension of the issues raised by the OP) hit something. If it's "about" anything, it's about the deliberate and purposeful propaganda assault on American science, by the media wing of the fascist movement that has taken over the Republican Party, starting with the OP evidence of its effects. As the dead have floated by or been dug out of the charcoal of their houses, in and out of cell phone camera range, it has become more and more difficult, more and more work, to keep the background in the back where it can be ignored. The jokes look more and more like Beetle Bailey cartoons - aimed at people who want to keep up the appearance of adulthood by claiming innocence for the adolescent within. It's not innocence. It's willful ignorance.