TOURBUS: Thursday, December 12, 1996
DRIVER: Patrick Crispin
Peter Langston's Fun People List

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While there may be a whole bunch of humor distribution lists on the Net, finding a really *GOOD* humor list is darned near impossible. Most humor lists are incredibly redundant, recycling the same old jokes over and over again. As a matter of fact, just as you can tell how old a tree is by counting its rings, you can tell how long someone has been on the Net by counting the number of times she has received the "If Operating Systems Were Airplanes" post (which, regrettably, can be found on the Web at compjokes/os.airplanes.html).

There is an exception to this sea of mediocre humor lists, though: Peter Langston's Fun_People list. I have been a Fun_People subscriber for over a year, and I can honestly tell you that the Fun_People list is hands-down my favorite list on the Net!

What makes the Fun_People list so cool? Well ...

  1. Fun_People is edited. Unlike other humor lists, the only e- mail letters that are distributed to the Fun_People list are the e-mail letters that Peter Langston thinks are funny and/or interesting ... and Peter is an EXCELLENT editor. The e-mail letters that I receive from Fun_People are consistently the funniest e-mail letters that I have ever seen!
  2. Fun_People not offers great humor, but Peter also occasionally sends out posts on topics of social, cultural, or even practical import. It is not uncommon to see a joke on the Fun_People list followed by a cutting-edge article about the latest legal news on the Communications Decency Act.
I do want to warn you, though, that occasionally the posts on the Fun_People list contain language or topics that may not be appropriate for everyone. Unlike other humor lists, however, on Fun_People this is the exception, not the rule (and this is yet another reason why I like the Fun_People list so much).

To see if the Fun_People list is for you, point your Web browser to the Fun_People archive at

This archive contains every article that has ever been posted to Fun_People since the list was created back in 1991. Just click on any of the years (1991 to present) to see a complete, chronological listing of that year's Fun_People posts. I do want to warn you that these listings may be a bit long (about 100K each), so please be patient.

The best way to experience the Fun_People archive is to simply start randomly clicking on the links in one of the chronological listings. While you are poking around the archive, make sure that you check out two of my favorite jokes from this year (by the way, both of these jokes are suitable for all audiences). The first joke -- the "duck food" joke -- is at

and the second joke -- the "stranded engineer" joke -- is at

If the Fun_People archives leave you wanting more, you can always subscribe to the Fun_People list and receive the posts through e-mail. I do want to warn you about two of things, though:

  1. Peter Langston runs this list completely by hand. Before you ask him to add you to the Fun_People list, make sure that you *REALLY* *REALLY* *REALLY* want to subscribe to the list.
  2. While the Fun_People list averages only 4 posts a day, there might actually be between 0 and 20 posts on a single day. Before you subscribe, make sure that you check the recent Fun_People archives so that you can gauge how many e-mail letters you can expect on a typical day.
After all that, if you are still interested in subscribing to the Fun_People list, send a personal e-mail letter to Peter Langston at PSL@ACM.ORG and beg him to add you to the Fun_People list. In your letter, make sure that you tell him your city and state (or country), and it never hurts to include a Fun_Tidbit or two, just to prove how much fun you are. :)

As I said earlier, Peter maintains the list by hand, so it may take a week or two for him to respond. In other words, don't expect an immediate response. While you are waiting, though, you can always find the latest Fun_People posts in the archive. :)

That's it for this week! Have a safe and happy weekend!

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