Illogicopedia:What Illogicopedia is Like
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Illogicopedia is similar to many other things that exist out there in Reality Land, also known as the Real World, Real Life, RL, or that thing you have that really sucks. This list is intended to inform you about those things.
- 1 What Illogicopedia is Like, Likes and Can Be Likened Unto
- 2 Illogicopedia in comparison to other wikis
- 2.1 Differences from Wikipedia
- 2.2 Differences from Uncyclopedia
- 2.3 Differences from the Encyclopedia Dramatica
- 2.4 Differences from political satire wikis
- 2.5 Differences from TV Tropes
- 2.6 Lack of differences from wikiHowl
- 2.7 Differences from The Hitchhiker's Guide to Earth
- 2.8 Differences from The Apocalypse Wiki
What Illogicopedia is Like, Likes and Can Be Likened Unto
- We totally PWN literary nonsense, random humour, surreal humour, meta-jokes, deadpan, portmanteau, 'pataphysics, non sequitur, purposeful misspellings / bad grammar and really really bad puns. Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
- We typically do NOT depend on what are technically called "jokes" however.
- Many times, people, places and/or things are specifically (and often awkwardly) described as real or actual when it's plainly obvious that they are not. This means we sometimes publish blatant lies, even though we know they're not true, and the end readers know they're not true, and we know the end readers know they're not true, and the end readers know we know they know we know they know we know they're not true, so please stop calling me!
- We obviously parody, spoof and make fun of the news and culture generally, both current and historic. While we are not documenting the real world, much of what we write is influenced by it.
- However, we take Francis E. Dec completely seriously. That man is/was our only hope for a future.
- Schizophasia is my mother said hey get down from that toadpipe presidential election!
- Lewis Caroll is the closest thing Illogicopedia has to a patron saint and sometimes also serves us drinks, but only when we're in space.
- Douglas Adams and Monty Python are required reading/watching (respectively) for any thorough understanding of Illogicopedia's predecessors and inspirations.
- Lemony Snicket's and Piers Anthony's writings tend to make similar word-plays to many of ours.
- A nonsensical alternate history with absurd historical anachronisms would be right at home here. Think Jasper Fforde on LSD. Apply steam punkiness liberally.
- Illogicopedia is a bit like Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" except much less educational, entertaining, edutaining and entertucational. Rhyme and Reason are banished from the land.
- Overuse of Illogicopedia may result in similar dreams to the story of "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions." Please use only as directed.
- Occasionally, we write "Weird Al" Yankovic style material.
- People are constantly trying to synchronize our site with various Pink Floyd recordings.
- We are clones of Radiohead, The Beatles, Buckethead, Spock's Beard, Black Moth Super Rainbow ... ya know, all those crazy bands that just sing nonsense lyrics. (OMG I am such a rock n roll nerd)
- BLARING TECHNO ... and maybe Rick Astley somehow.
- Always remember, we built this city on rock and roll.
- I am the Walrus by The Beatles contains almost nonsensical lyrics.
- Spaceballs parodies the science-fiction genre, while Epic Movie parodies the Epic genre.
- Stylistically, imagine M. C. Escher meets the Joker from DC Comics.
- Artistically, imagine "The Persistence of Memory" re-envisioned in MS Paint.
- We're also into other crappy art programs and styles like ASCII art (such as this) and pixel art.
- Of course, we're also into high quality photo manipulation and optical illusions.
- You can add a funny caption to almost any decent picture and make it interesting. Remember, Illogicopedia is supposed to be interesting to look at and possibly even read. :)
- You get bonus points if you involve fractals somehow. Not that this has anything to do with Illogicopedia in any way at all.
- I like trains.
- Illogicopedia makes the assumption that every kind of psudeoscience and crack-pot hypothesis whatsoever is basically / probably true or is established scientific fact / law, especially the most absurd varieties. Most of the time, we don't even bother to look up whether there's anybody who actually believes the hypothesis in question, we just make stuff up, and it magically becomes true! This position is supported by scientific science.
- We Do What We Must Because We Can. For the Good of All of Us Except the Ones Who Are Dead.
- Magic FTW.
- Some of our nonsense has been noted to have a similarity to the kind of stuff that Homsar says in the Homestar Runner body of work. For examples, see this analysis of Homsar's speech patterns.
- Our discourse is reminiscent of the popular web series Red vs. Blue, particularly the absurd thoughts expressed by Caboose and Sarge.
- We sometimes have a tendency to type in ALLCAPS and use leetspeak. The reason is very simple: we do it to annoy :p STFU NOOBS!
- We often write as if all the stuff that flies around in chain emails is true. After all, if it is on the Internet it must be true.
- The TIME CUBE knows all, and sees all.
- Dr. Franklin Anderson from the Pendant Audio DC Comics Fanfic Universe is insane in the membrane to a truly Illogicopedian degree.
- Bonus Stage FTW.
- LAZER COLLECTIONs and Asdfmovie FTW.
- Two More Eggs, Two More Eggs!
Illogicopedia in comparison to other wikis
The main focus of Illogicopedia is randomness, silly humour and nonsense; as the name suggests, things that are illogical. Though it is often humorous, and humor value is valued, it is not the main goal.
Free-licensed wiki content that is suited for Illogicopedia but does not fit its current location, such as nonsense on Wikipedia and random humor rejected from Uncyclopedia, can be imported to this wiki.
Wikipedia is entirely different from Illogicopedia (and every other humour wiki) in that Wikipedia's primary goal is to provide an encyclopedia as a useful reference source. Wikipedia is not intended to be funny or nonsensical at all. Any nonsense or humour is deleted from Wikipedia (and rightfully so), as Wikipedia has no place for it.
Differences from Uncyclopedia
Generally, "funny stuff" that isn't random belongs on Uncyclopedia. Humour (mostly of the random kind) is second priority here, whereas Uncyclopedia's main goal is humour value of a broader selection of forms. Uncyclopedia has a fair share of random humor, and thus there is overlap between the two; Illogicopedia is however less strict regarding the quality of its content, accepting things that would be deemed too silly and nonsensical for Uncyclopedia.
The opposite is true as well; much of the content of Uncyclopedia, though humorous, wouldn't fit here. In short, Uncyclopedia is for smarter, more cultured comedy; Illogicopedia is for the kind of content that flies around in chain emails. Illogicopedia could be termed a "working man's wiki", for which the content would be more accessible. Saying that, we are not just Uncyclopedia's all-purpose rubbish bin - we really appreciate well-written illogical articles; not just leftover scraps from the Uncyclopedian table. On a final note Uncyclopedia strictly enforces that all articles must be a finished product, that is a well set-out long comedic parody with links to other articles and images. Though this is readily acceptable in Illogicopedia, we will accept shorter articles, as well as streams of nonsense - this isn't a call for everyone to start writing sub-standard articles just because they won't be deleted, rather a call to relax a little when writing.
Differences from the Encyclopedia Dramatica
We endorse nonsense largely for the sake of being nonsensical. Apart from being more coherent, Encyclopedia Dramatica has a rather mocking tone, often going for shock value and aiming to offend. It has a fair share of, as we would deem it, vanity and libel, which would be seriously frowned upon here. It also has spam in excess, which, though nonsensical, is not in the style we are primarily aiming for.
Differences from political satire wikis
Once again, our primary aim is not humor value; unless it is nonsensical to a large degree, political humor is better fit for politics-related wikis such as Liberapedia.
Tropes are required to be things that occur as a pattern in media. TV Tropes articles are typically followed by a long list of instances. Illogicopedia would probably accept most TV Trope articles but not the lists, and does not require the concept of an article to be something found in media. It is quite possible that you could invent a trope by writing an Illogicopedia article.
Differences from The Hitchhiker's Guide to Earth
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Earth purports to actually cover real life, merely in a humorous fashion as well as contain some Douglas Adams centric in-jokes. It covers, "Life, the Universe and Everything" while Illogicopedia, on the other hand, is the definitive guide to nonsense, your imagination and nothing of any practical use.
Differences from The Apocalypse Wiki
The Apocalypse Wiki covers the real world ending in a humorous way, while Illogicopedia does not concern itself with such trivial matters as reality.
- Well, at least we've banished Reason .... for a season.
- Jack Nicholson's portrayal made the Joker an artist and Mark Hamil's portrayal made the Joker genuinely funny before Heath Ledger made him much more dark and less artsy.