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Anyone else get this joke?

I stumbled across this little message recently. It took me a second or two, but I burst out laughing when I finally got it.

NEVER ENTER YOUR PIN NUMBER AT AN ATM MACHINE. YOU MIGHT GET THE HIV VIRUS.

Comments (62)

I saw the same message when... (Below threshold)

I saw the same message when I was busy with the SALT talks.

I saw it while taking my SA... (Below threshold)
Susan:

I saw it while taking my SAT tests. I noticed it again while looking at UPC codes on stuff at the grocery store. It's everywhere!

Ugh... And, if any... (Below threshold)

Ugh...

And, if anyone finds the UPC code for my reloading press, I need it to get a rebate...

Jay, Your observat... (Below threshold)
Bo:

Jay,

Your observation has been duly forwarded to the Department of Redundancy Department.

I don't get it.... (Below threshold)
Joe Blow:

I don't get it.

That's like WMD's.... (Below threshold)

That's like WMD's.

took me a couple minutes to... (Below threshold)

took me a couple minutes too, Joe.

I think the original joke u... (Below threshold)

I think the original joke used the preposition "ON" rather than "AT," which makes the joke slightly easier to "get."

I now get it!! Phew, thoug... (Below threshold)
Joe Blow:

I now get it!! Phew, thought perhaps I was stupid or had ADD disorder.

Just another TLA... (Below threshold)

Just another TLA

I still don't get it. I got... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

I still don't get it. I got the redundancy right off the bat, but surely that can't be what is so funny? If so, that is pretty damned lame.

It is absolutely essential ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

It is absolutely essential that everyone understand this issue!

Help stamp out and eliminat... (Below threshold)

Help stamp out and eliminate redundancy, through understanding of the RAS Syndrome.

Maybe it's the lack of coff... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Maybe it's the lack of coffee today, but I'm not getting it. Someone is going to have to spell it out and draw cartoons for me to understand....and do it slowly...it's been a bad day.

After contracting the HIV v... (Below threshold)
DSkinner:

After contracting the HIV virus an EMT technician will come to take care of you.

Maybe you should look close... (Below threshold)
ProphetCat:

Maybe you should look closely the VIN number on your car?

Faith, it is all about the ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Faith, it is all about the redundancy, saying ATM Machine = saying Automatic Teller Machine Machine. Yeah, I know pretty frigging stupid, and REALLY damned old. Not sure why it is so humorous or even worthy of a post.

HIV virus! Ha, I got it!</p... (Below threshold)

HIV virus! Ha, I got it!

No, wait.....

D-Hoggs - It's not... (Below threshold)

D-Hoggs -

It's not about the redundancy, it's an ironic challenge to DETECT the redundancy.

And, anyone who doesn't contribute to the thread will have their SSN number recorded in our files.

No, its not the redundacy t... (Below threshold)
scotty:

No, its not the redundacy thats hilarious. When you guys get it you'll kick yourself!

pin and number too... (Below threshold)
G Braden:

pin and number too

Yes, it's good that some fi... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Yes, it's good that some find it humorous, but I suppose there are other things far funnier than this, huh?

What is funny is the triple... (Below threshold)
Tim:

What is funny is the triple redundancy PIN Number,ATM Machine, HIV Virus.....

Oh well, it is a little funny anyway....

As Adrian Monk wd say, I'm ... (Below threshold)
woody:

As Adrian Monk wd say, I'm LOL out loud!!

There will be no more posts... (Below threshold)

There will be no more posts by the Wizbang! authors until everyone gets it and laughs appropriately.

Parker "D-Hoggs -It'... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Parker "D-Hoggs -
It's not about the redundancy, it's an ironic challenge to DETECT the redundancy."

Which would mean it is still ultimately about...the redundancy. Thanks for clearing that up Parker.

You also need to protect yo... (Below threshold)

You also need to protect your SSN Number

Apparently warrants an entr... (Below threshold)

Apparently warrants an entry at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleonasm

Everytime someone says "hot... (Below threshold)
Joe:

Everytime someone says "hot water heater" I have to resist the urge to ask why they need to heat their hot water.

D-Hoggs - I was be... (Below threshold)

D-Hoggs -

I was being ironic.

YOU were being a redundant reductionist.

(And you can never have too many of those...)

When I was in college, I ha... (Below threshold)
Mikey47:

When I was in college, I had a professor who always checked papers for repetitive repeating redundant repetitions. Oh how he would prattle on and on endlessly forever without end! Kind of reminds me of that.

Those in the electronics in... (Below threshold)
George:

Those in the electronics industry know about PCB boards. These can be found in ATM machines.

So ... umm, when are Barney... (Below threshold)

So ... umm, when are Barney or Lee and pals from the LLL left gonna show up to share their BDS Syndrome with us?

*ducks and runs for cover* Wheeee!

Reminds me of GCO Carpet Ou... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Reminds me of GCO Carpet Outlet. Georgia Carpet Outlet Carpet Outlet! It started out as Georgia Carpet Outlet, then just went to GCO and...What was I talking about?

My mind may be in the gutte... (Below threshold)
Diane:

My mind may be in the gutter, but isn't there a lot more to the humor than "redundancy"?

My mind may be in the gu... (Below threshold)
Diane:

My mind may be in the gutter, but isn't there a lot more to the humor than "redundancy"?

If I'm right, my enlightenment was assisted by Wavemaker's post--see also G Braden.

So ... umm, when are Barney... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

So ... umm, when are Barney or Lee and pals from the LLL left gonna show up to share their BDS Syndrome with us?

*ducks and runs for cover* Wheeee!

Posted by: LissaKay

NOOOWWW I am laughing!!

OK, I'm slow, but I get it.... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

OK, I'm slow, but I get it. Not to be a party pooper but is it just not really THAT funny?

Forgive me for not posting ... (Below threshold)
Timmer:

Forgive me for not posting earlier, I had a bunch of NIC cards to change out.

I'd join the chorus of nays... (Below threshold)

I'd join the chorus of naysayers here, but they'd all probably punish me for my predilection for puns too.

Sorry guys, I don't get it ... (Below threshold)
Richard Romano:

Sorry guys, I don't get it either.

Can someone just explain what it's about?

Thanks.

Ah, screw it. I'm gonna go... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Ah, screw it. I'm gonna go have me a tuna fish sandwich.

This might be off topic, bu... (Below threshold)

This might be off topic, but I'm not sure where else to ask it.

Forget home runs, how many RBIs do you think Bonds will hit this year?

Whats redundant about an RB... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Whats redundant about an RBI?

I would be a tragedy for th... (Below threshold)
MunDane:

I would be a tragedy for the BDS syndrome sufferers not to show up and complain like they usually do anout BushCo Company's involvement in Iraq. No matter the post..

Wait...is that the BMWS System I hear?

"Whats redundant about an R... (Below threshold)

"Whats redundant about an RBI?"

Not RBI, but RBIs. Sort of. 10 RBI is 10 Run*s* batted in. So RBIs would be Runs Batted In*s*. Which is sort of redundant as there's already the plural 's' in there already. (Typo intended)

Crickets and tumbleweeds fo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Crickets and tumbleweeds for me on this one.

I think I get it, buuuuuuuut....crickets and tumbleweeds...

If you really want to quibb... (Below threshold)

If you really want to quibble, it should be RsBI...

"NEVER ENTER YOUR PIN NUMBE... (Below threshold)
Timmer:

"NEVER ENTER YOUR PIN NUMBER AT AN ATM MACHINE. YOU MIGHT GET THE HIV VIRUS."

Okay, for those still not getting it...and it's a LITTLE funny...if you spell out the acronyms you get:

"NEVER ENTER YOUR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER NUMBER AT AN AUTMATED TELLER MACHINE MACHINE. YOU MIGHT GET THE HUMAN IMMUNODIFECIENCY VIRUS VIRUS."

I got that part of the joke... (Below threshold)
The Whistler:

I got that part of the joke (not easily) but I don't see the dirty part of the joke.

Pure living I guess.

Obviously some folks can't ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Obviously some folks can't conceive of entering where they should not enter so they are not entertained by this.

Excuse me, but did this pos... (Below threshold)
Department of Redundancy Dept.:

Excuse me, but did this post pass the Review of Redundancy review before posting?

Please remember to submit two copies of each request in duplicate, and be sure to sign each after affixing your signature.

It's also like telling some... (Below threshold)
Carl:

It's also like telling someone about Mardi Gras day.

For those who don't get it...

Mardi Gras - French for "Fat Tuesday"

Therefore...

"Mardi Gras day" = Fat Tuesday day.

A.M. in the MorningA... (Below threshold)
Don:

A.M. in the Morning
ABS System
AC Current
ADSL Line
Annual APR
ATM Machine
BASIC Code
CAD Design
Certified CNA
CNN News Network
CTT Training
DAT Tape
DC Comics
DC Current
DMZ Zone
DOS Operating System
DVD Disk
EIN Number
EMS Service
Estimated ETA
GIN in Nature
GMT Time
GOP Party
GRE Exam
GPS System
GUI Interface
HIV Virus
HOV Vehicle
HTML Language
IMC Conditions
IRA Account
ISBN Number
ISDN Network
ISP Provider
Jeb Bush
LCD Display
LED Diode
NIC Card
PC Computer
PIN Number
Please RSVP
PTO Time
RAM Memory
SAM Missile
SAT Test
SCSI Interface
SIC Code
UHF Frequency
UPC Code
VHF Frequency
VIN Number
WAAS System

Redundant Acronyms and Initialisms
http://www.danzfamily.com/archives/2006/02/redundant_acron.php

I must be slow. Would you ... (Below threshold)
La Mano:

I must be slow. Would you repeat that explanation one more time again?

One that almost everyone uses, "... at that point in time ..."

I tried to enter my PIN num... (Below threshold)
JP:

I tried to enter my PIN number, but the HUD display on was broken.

Ok. My eight year old tell... (Below threshold)

Ok. My eight year old tells better jokes, but I laughed harder at this one than I do at most of his. The reason I laughed? It took me so long to get it.

Exactly, Epador.To... (Below threshold)
Diane:

Exactly, Epador.

To others, think of the HIV connection to the joke---other acronyms could have easily been used, if it was just about redundancy.

Epador, Diane:Erm,... (Below threshold)
Adam:

Epador, Diane:

Erm, are you sure? It certainly appears to only be about redundancy everywhere else it appears on the web? Could you explain the non-redundant part. If it actually exists, this is the first joke I've never "gotten" in me life.

I missed the redundancy par... (Below threshold)

I missed the redundancy part. I assumed that it meant that if someone saw you enter your PIN and then used it to access your account, you'd be completely f*cked up the ass.

Brian I liked your joke bet... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

Brian I liked your joke better...

Okay, I don't know if the d... (Below threshold)
tacitblue:

Okay, I don't know if the dirty interpretation of this joke was intended or happenstance, but it is there. For those of you who don't get that particular conceptualization here is a link that will enlighten, but be warned: when I say dirty I mean dirty. This is just a definition but it's NSFW even if you work in a place that requires a cover charge.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ATM

Again, If you are of a delicate nature you should just move along and enjoy the pleonasm.




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