It’s a joke past its prime, TWSS

Even Michael Scott has moved on.
Even Michael Scott has moved on. (NBC)

Sorry, every millennial ever, but “That’s what she said” is over. Done. Have you started to feel your age yet? Because you’re getting old, too! Plus, in this Blog Log, read items about SEO-optimized book titles and other Internet scraps you may have missed in over the weekend.

“TWSS was like a bully who stole your lunch money to buy cigarettes. It seized your innocent words and contorted them into indecency.” — Daniel A. Gross at theatlantic.com describes the effect of the “That’s what she said” gag made popular by the sitcom “The Office” in the 2000s. Although Gross acknowledges that the phrase may have been overused, he notes that TWSS also “deserves our thanks.” “It showed us that the most mundane moments still have the potential to shock and surprise.” That’s what he said.

“Watch How Complicated This Guy’s Road Trip Gets When He Lets A Group of Dwarves Plan It.” — Janet Potter and Nick Moran at themillions.com make fun search-engine optimized headlines by transforming famous book titles into Upworthy-style click-bait. The above translates to “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Would you click on that?

“We pass these germs to one another so that everyone gets to write a blog post about the crappy, nameless person who made them ill.” — blogger Mel at stirrup-queens.com finds the upside of people going to work or school sick during cold and flu season. The blogger writes about her own cold and wonders how long it’s practical to stay home to recover. She concludes that she’d like to remain at home throughout her illness but decides it’s not practical.

“This is cat astrophic news to cat lovers in other states.” — commenter Pekka Paavonperä at pressherald.com drops a pun after reading the results of a survey that ranked Maine as the top state for cat lovers. Compiled by the real estate site Estately.com, the poll found that more than 46 percent of Maine households have cats, and that cat owners outnumber dog owners by 11 percent. The worst state for cats is Utah, where less than one-quarter of households have felines.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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