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"Roll a donut in front of the cave"

"Roll a donut in front of the cave"

A common humor technique involves juxtaposing something of immense importance with something trivial. In this comic, Wally is comparing his digestive system to Jesus rising from the dead. A dash of spiritual inappropriateness gives it some seasoning.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Dilbert creator Scott Adams presents his 10 favorite comics of all time

"Unix programmers"

It's naughty, clever, and it has a point of view. And it makes the reader imagine what happened before that moment shown in the comic and what might happen after. It's rare to pack so many elements in one comic.

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"Brain golfing"

If you attend meetings, you probably spend a lot of time thinking your own thoughts while your coworkers drone on. This comic is funny because the boss is revealing his selfish thoughts. 

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"Dream Job"

This comic causes the reader to imagine a funny future in which Wally will only pretend to do the assignment. Humor sometimes works best when one suggests what is coming without showing it. People laugh harder when they need to use their imaginations to complete the joke.

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Dilbert

Dilbert is an American comic strip illustrated by cartoonist Scott Adams. 

It was the first comic that focused primarily on satirical office humors (such as the inefficiency of meetings, the uselessness of management, and the absurdity of office politics) a lot of people could relate to.

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"Catching up to competition"

Keeping true to the major theme of Dilbert, this comic highlights the uselessness of management. If you've ever had a boss, this one probably hits home for you. This one works because you never see the pointy-haired boss's reaction, but you can imagine it vividly.

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"Reusable presentation"

People relate to humor that highlights the selfish nature of people and inappropriate solutions to problems. If you have a job, you probably spend some part of each day trying to disguise your selfish motives as win-win scenarios. And your attempts are probably as transparent as Wally's.

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"Old Johannsen"

Wally is the worst employee of all time, but he's likeable in his own way, so we enjoy seeing him get a win at the expense of the pointy-haired boss. And I think everyone who has a boss also dreams of becoming indispensable. It's easy to relate to Wally's glee in the third panel.

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"Synchronizing excuses"

Scott Adams enjoyes to mock common sayings. Often those little nuggets of wisdom make no sense whatsoever, but we've heard them so often they feel as if they do: Good things might come to those who wait, but so does starvation.

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"Asok's snout"

W all know people who value form over function while being oblivious to how others view them. When you shine a light on irrational human behavior it usually triggers a laugh reflex.

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"Opportunities"

Management-by-slogan usually comes across to employees as ridiculous and condescending. That, in part, is what makes the staff in this comic so uncaring about the boss's house burning down. The ordinary evil of regular people is always funny to me. It's easy to relate to it.

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Dilbert's Popularity

As the comic begin to be admired and enjoyed by readers, the managers from Adams' job noticed how they were being mocked in his jokes. But instead of getting fired, Adams claimed that his bosses took a different management approach:

"We can't fire him because it would look bad. You must give him absurd assignments until he quits."

But this did not affect Adams - his jokes became even funnier.

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  • Personal experience
  • Experience of people you know 
  • Experts 
  • Scientific studies 
  • Common sense 
  • Pattern recognition.

When seeking truth, your best bet is to look for confirmation on at least two of these dimensions.

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The Peter Principle

Also known as The Peter principle of Incompetence, it claims that people who do their job well are promoted to positions of greater responsibility, and so on, until they reach a position in which they are incompetent, so they remain stuck in that position.

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