The editor shuddered virtually imperceptibly, and departed, with perhaps only a trace of a smidge of a smile. He secretly appreciated moxie, and in time he turned one in every of The Fashion Invitational’s greatest supporters.
And that’s as a result of Mr. Fob appreciated, regardless of the jokes about excreta and the risque innuendo and the foolish prizes, that the Invite had additionally turn out to be … subtle. Proper from the start in 1993, by means of 11 years of the Czar after which 19 years of his usurper, the Empress, the Invitational gleefully blended vulgarity with urbanity, involving political commentary and jokes that assumed the reader’s familiarity with literature, historical past, science and the information of the day. Impolite, typically, however smart-rude.
Because the Earth traveled round and across the solar — 29.75 instances — administration modified, sensibilities modified, sensitivities modified. The Invitational had thrived on the forbearance of a collection of barely nervous however in the end trusting editors. That each one ends right this moment, fairly instantly, on this closing week. We’re finished.
By “we,” in fact, we imply not simply ourselves however the Loser Neighborhood, the greater than 5,000 very humorous individuals who’ve gotten ink over these previous 1,517 weeks, in additional than 55,000 printed entries, prepared to work hours on finish for a tacky type of glory, and for foolish trinkets.
And so we commit this web page to a few of The Fashion Invitational’s most memorable entries (in no explicit order), which we’ve chosen from lots of nominated prior to now few days by Invite Losers and followers.
This week in The Fashion Conversational: You be the choose!
Within the Empress’s closing supplementary column, readers can select their favourite Ask Backwards entries from Week 1514, whose outcomes would have run this week. And the E tells tips on how to get pleasure from basic Invite ink, stick with the Loser Neighborhood, and perhaps even get pleasure from new contests. See wapo.st/conv1518, starting late afternoon Thursday, Dec. 8.
The kook’s tour: Readers’ favourite Fashion Invitational entries
Underachiever’s Midlife Record of Targets: Win the admiration of my canine. (Jean Lightner Norum, Week 413, 2001)
Neologisms containing POLE: Gestapolemics: Calling your political opponents Nazis. (Chris Doyle, Week 889, 2010)
Change a film title by one letter: 4 Weldings and a Funeral: A person attaches a set of rocket engines to his Chevy and momentarily achieves his dream of driving a flying automobile. (Gary Crockett, Week 871, 2010)
“Joint laws” by present members of Congress: The Traficant-DeLay-Akaka Roadside Port-A-Pot Act (Carole and Stephanie Dix, Week 5, 1993)
Change a phrase by one letter: Sarchasm: The gulf between the creator of dry wit and the recipient who doesn’t get it. (Tom Witte, Week 278, 1998)
Two phrases differing by one letter: The distinction between genial and genital: It’s okay to greet your neighbors with a genial wave. (Brendan Beary, Week 670, 2006)
Good/unhealthy/ugly jokes: Good: You get to spend a summer season’s day at a fantastic seashore. Dangerous: It’s awfully crowded and noisy. Ugly: It’s June 6, 1944. (Beverley Sharp, Week 1058, 2014)
One thing you don’t need to hear after getting married: “Now that’s a coincidence. My delivery mom’s title was Clytemnestra de Nunkyhaven, too!” (Jennifer Hart, Week 229, 1997)
The dachshund, every hair and every wart of it,
Serves for the wags to make sport of it.
With a pointy, pointy snout,
He’s squat however stretched out.
And that’s the lengthy and the wanting it.
(Mae Scanlan, Week 777, 2008)
A physicist/humorist, Nell,
Had a comedy present the place she’d inform
Of her spreadsheeting gaffes;
It drew hundreds of guffaws
As a result of farce equals math instances Excel.
(Matt Monitto, Week 1033, 2013)
Then and now: Then: Mayberry and Opie. Now: Mayberry and opioids. (Bruce Carlson, Week 1242, 2017)
Solely-in-Washington pickup traces: “Babe, why are you losing your time with an assistant to a deputy secretary, when you possibly can be with me, a deputy assistant undersecretary?” (Dan Steinberg, Week 519, 2003)
“Breed” two racehorse names and title the foal:
Cloud Man x Further Fifty = Meatierologist (Jonathan Paul, Week 914, 2011)
Good Saint x Caribbean = Francis of a C Sea (Danielle Nowlin, Week 1170, 2016)
Life on the Highway x Villainous = RV Weinstein (Steve Langer, Week 1400, 2020)
Above, Sophie Crafts’s successful video parody from Week 1440, 2021. When you can’t see it, click here.
Neologisms totaling 14 Scrabble factors: Buphoon: An in poor health wind from Washington that blows no one any good. (Stephen Dudzik, Week 1402, 2020)
“Balliol rhymes,” mini-verses about folks:
My title is Woman Liberty.
I welcome you, if you have to be
With bulging purse, and also you’re from Norway.
In any other case, again out the doorway.
(Nan Reiner, Week 1372, throughout the Trump administration)
Track parodies concerning the information:
To “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas”:
Have your self a gerrymandered district,
Draw some suave traces;
Make it appear to be 12 exploding porcupines.
Have your self a gerrymandered district,
Slice and cube the votes:
Protected seat, even when they catch you screwing goats.
As soon as we might select of us who stood for us;
“Go do good for us,” we mentioned —
Threw out those that have been abusing us.
Now they’re selecting us as an alternative.
Draw it up so you possibly can’t be defeated,
Be you saint or heel,
‘Trigger John Roberts says that that is no massive deal,
So have your self a seat nobody can ever steal.
(Duncan Stevens, Week 1339, 2019)
What to do with the 14-mile supercollider tunnel: Simply rename it the Martha Washington Monument. (Michael Candy, Week 35, 1993)
Good/unhealthy concepts: Good thought: Give her a bowl of irises. Dangerous thought: Give her Ebola viruses. (Frank Osen, Week 1091, 2014)
Indicators of spring in Washington: In a lighthearted, festive temper, Metro riders learn the Economist as an alternative of Congressional Quarterly. (David Genser, Week 209, 1997)
Dangerous product endorsers:
John Wayne Bobbitt for Microsoft. (Chuck Smith, Week 52, 1994)
Lorena Bobbitt for Johnson Wax. (Larry Yungk, Week 783, 2008)
Dangerous issues to say in a job interview: Applicant: “Say, these ladies within the pictures in your desk, are they seeing anybody, properly not the fats one, however these different two? (Russell Beland, Week 698, 2007)
New sports activities: Marrython: The one endurance sport the place you strive to not attain the end line. (Melissa Balmain, Week 1444, 2021)
“Pricey xxx” notes: Pricey President Lincoln: Please be aware change to “87” for conciseness. Sincerely, Copy Editor (Beverley Sharp, Week 900, 2011)
Rearrange the phrases of a film title: “The Kwai on the River Bridge”: Barbara Walters narrates a transferring story of two lovers saying goodbye above the Seine. (Roy Ashley, Week 1008, 2013)
Clarify a part of the Structure
(to “Maria” from “West Aspect Story”)
Militia! They are saying I can have a militia.
With muskets for my males,
Straight from the 18th cen . . . tury.
Militia! However I do not see any indicia
That I can not hold in inventory
A Luger or a Glock, or three.
Militia! Some grenades strapped round my brow,
And an AR-15 for my sorehead.
Militia . . . and perhaps a warhead . . .
(Nan Reiner, Week 1293, 2018)
Cynical takes on platitudes:
You are able to do something in order for you it unhealthy sufficient. That’s the reason we see so many individuals who can fly. (Elden Carnahan, Week 531, 2003)
By no means say die. I’ve tried, and it doesn’t truly make folks die. (Tom McCudden, Week 531)
(To “Be Our Visitor”)
He is obsessed! He is obsessed!
“Construct a wall,” he says. “No jest!
There’s dysfunction on the border
And I do know what’s for the most effective!”
“They do rapes! They do crimes!
They drink beer with sliced-up limes!
And their tradition’s undesired!
Do not imagine me? You then’re fired!”
“It is a sport to deport
The burrito-eating kind;
In the event that they’re born right here, ship them again with all the remaining!”
Do folks suppose he is vile?
(Dems solid a figuring out smile)
‘Trigger he is obsessed! He is obsessed! He is obsessed!
(Mark Raffman, Week 1139, 2015)
Bogus trivia about winter: Phi Kappa Rho fraternity on the College of Northwestern Maine canceled this 12 months’s “yellow-snow” name-writing contest as a result of faculty college students not know tips on how to use cursive. (Mark Raffman, Week 1360, 2019)
Poems primarily based on the anagram of somebody’s title
EDGAR A. POE to EGO PARADE
As soon as upon a darkish conference, stuffed with worry and apprehension,
After many unusual and hateful audio system from the GOP—
Got here the climax, pessimistic, altogether chauvinistic,
With an empty, egotistic pledge to sort things by decree:
“Just one is aware of tips on how to do it, and naturally that one is ME!”
Quoth the ravin’ Donald T. (Jesse Frankovich, Week 1186, 2016)
“Secrets and techniques”: Throughout boring conferences, I faux everybody current is bare. And handsome. And feminine. And a kangaroo. (Artwork Grinath, Week 633, 2005)
Bogus derivations of phrases: America: Concatenation of the Spanish amé and rica; tough translation: “I really like the rich.” (Jeff Contompasis, Week 1194, 2016)
And Final: New doctrines: Carnahan’s Rule of Three: The longer one works to deliver ironic Talmudic allusion and stylish Chaucerian wit to 1’s entry, the better the chance the winner will characteristic “drool,” “snot” or “poopy.” (Elden Carnahan. Week 69, 1994)
So: What to do with these 29 clown heads?
Final week we confirmed a bowlful of 29 disembodied little clown heads that can not be made into Clowning Achievement trophies and requested what to do with them. Many Losers ignored the precise requirement that the ideas not be proctological. These three win a head, although not the trophy.
Make a diorama of the heads attending the funeral of The Fashion Invitational and name it the Clowning Bereavement. (Jesse Frankovich, Lansing, Mich.)
Truck nuts for tricycles. (Don Norum, Charlottesville, Va.)
Petition Congress for one sq. foot of area on the Nationwide Mall for a Fashion Invitational Memorial. It’d be just like the Vietnam Memorial, besides as an alternative of a robust minimalist tribute to the lives of hundreds of misplaced troopers, it’d be a bunch of creepy little clown heads on sticks. (Laurie Brink, Mineola, N.Y.)