if you make a joke on Mastodon, no matter WHAT the content is, after 50+ boosts people will appear in the replies that take it completely at literal face value.

you could post "a man walks into a bar, says ouch!" and if it receives 50+ boosts, then you will begin seeing replies like "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STEEL BAR PLACEMENT IS DEREGULATED BY PROFIT DRIVEN CROOKS!"

this theory is commonly known as Eugen's Gambit. and i love it.

@jackdaw_ruiz there's a podcast about social media called Blocked Party (Stefan Heck's new show, if you know him) that's started referring to this as Dutchposting after they noticed a lot of these replies were from the Netherlands or nearby countries

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this certainly makes sense. in my anecdotal/personal experience, it's usually been the Germans.

but my perceptions are always skewed on this topic because back in the 90's, Germans and Russians were the first long-distance english speaking friend circles i made on the internet, and there was a MARKED DIFFERENCE between Russians being able to parse American humor, and Germans really fumbling with it.

@jackdaw_ruiz yeah the German thing is very familiar to the point of being cliche. I think they might have actually fudged it a bit (because Germany definitely is included as one of the nearby countries) because it's just a funnier term than Germanposting and is an opportunity to do a less explored comedic accent

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