Andy Turnbull's humor

© Andy Turnbull, 2006



As a newspaper reporter I wrote the occasional humorous piece and for a couple of years I wrote for a humorous magazine. Here are a few light pieces as used by the magazine, and at least one that wasn't. This is light reading, mostly for fun, and included here partly to boost my ego. Humor me.

The rationalized economics of the Great Zit

"The Great Zit" is a trained economist and, as ruler of the tiny nation of Bobblopia, he created unprecedented prosperity -- on paper. This is a humorous comment on the science of economics.
The rationalized economics of the Great Zit

The strange world of the lost and found

The truth about parallel universes, and the gates between them.
The strange world of the lost and found

The vile trade that pollutes our cities

We know how successful the U.S. ' 'War on Drugs' has been. This piece, set in the not-too-distant future, takes it to it's logical conclusion.
The vile trade that pollutes our cities

Noneof Theabove

Humorous fantasy. The accidental election of a poor spider-herder as president of Bobblopia leads to prosperity and good government.
Noneof Theabove

The secret of the Year of the Two Kralinators

This was my take on the predicted "Y2K" crisis, when wonks warned that computers around the world would crash at the change of the millennium. My editor didn't like this one, but I still do.
The secret of the Year of the Two Kralinators

The perfect university

This was inspired by a friend who had been a professor at the University of Toronto, but it reflects the kind of changes we all see in large institutions.
The perfect university

A world-shaking discovery

A scientist discovers why he can never find a pencil when he needs one.
A world-shaking discovery

A bump on the road to disease control

West Nile disease is real, but do we really think our government can do much to protect us? This piece is intended as humor, but somehow it sounds like a real-life news story.
How they plan to control west Nile disease


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