From comedians like Rob Delaney who have built entire careers off Twitter accounts, to a legion of YouTube stars, there’s no denying the Internet has changed comedy. One of the web’s weirdest corners for laughs is Tumblr, the sprawling scroll-fest that’s packed with tween selfies and a whole bunch of upsetting imagery from the darkest corners of the human mind. But back to the jokes. Keeping with the DSL democracy provided by the web, there are countless Tumblrs dedicated to jokes that range from utterly stupid (Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses) to absolutely fucking insane (Selleck Waterfall Sandwich — a collection of images that each depict Tom Selleck, a sandwich and a waterfall).
Sometimes a Tumblr is dedicated to covering something timely, while others focus on jokes specific to a certain niche group. Here, I’ve highlighted five Tumblrs that deserve a click on the “follow” button.
RAPPERS DOING NORMAL SHIT
Exactly what it sounds like, Rappers Doing Normal Shit is a collection of larger than life rap personas as they go through mundane, everyday activities. Want to see Dr. Dre walking home from the gym or Drake holding a puppy? How about Earl Sweatshirt eating a burger, or Ludacris eating a pizza straight out of the box? Usually, adding a human element to photos of celebrities has a “they’re just like us” quality, but when it comes to rappers it’s straight-up hilarious to see them act like you and I. And there’s a photo of Kanye yawning to prove it.
AWKWARD STOCK PHOTOS
If you’ve ever required a stock photo service for any sort of project, you know that there are plenty of images that probably don’t have any good reason to exist. Awkward Stock Photos is a compilation of some of the weirdest watermarked images out there. The blog raises more questions than answers, like who would ever need an image of a naked man with nipple rings doing yoga, or two senior citizens simultaneously licking the same melting ice cream cone? Of course, the funniest images on the site are the NSFW ones, as you’ll be racking your brains to comprehend what possible project would need a Chihuahua sitting on a thonged ass crack, a naked girl eating a banana with a pineapple covering her lady business, or two unconscious, naked people laying on a bed in the 69 position.
Probably the most well-known Tumblr on the list, Literally Unbelievable takes screen shots of Facebook users who think that articles posted on The Onion are actual real-life news stories. It’s a concept as old as time itself... okay, not really, but it has been around for quite a while. Still, whether it’s people believing that Michael Phelps drowned at the Olympics, that Apple has introduced a campaign for consumers to buy an iPhone for their second hand, or that Wendy’s is fine with gay marriage but against interracial marriage, the results are always hysterical and a little bit heartbreaking. “What is this country coming to?” Indeed.
OKCupid Enemies is one of those Tumblrs that will fill you with all kinds of weird feelings. Sure, it’s damn hilarious, but it’s also dark, depressing, off-putting and often perverse. Using the popular dating network OKCupid as its source material, the blog posts photos of some of the site’s weirdest members along with a quote from their dating profile. A very tame example: “The most private thing I’m willing to admit: I have a little birthmark on my inner thigh that looks like a frog with a boner.” In many ways, the site is extremely sad and maybe a little mean-spirited, but it’s easy to ignore the moral quandary when you’ve got tears of laughter rolling down your cheeks.
I’ve saved the best for last: Megacycles is not only one of the most hilarious Tumblrs, but “Bill Hitchert,” the site’s (presumably) fictional founder, is one of the most hilarious and fully realized characters on the web. A sad dad with delusions of networking skills, Hitchert posts inspirational maxims while promoting his pathetic Web 2.0 company BH Ideas (which is basically just a series of Café Press mugs and mouse pads). The bulk of the blog, however, is his bizarre interactions with some of the strangest, most un-web savvy adults in the deepest recesses of Facebook. It’s like a Tim and Eric episode come to life. Spend an afternoon on Megacycles and you’ll be saying “Thanks for connecting” in no time.