Have we stopped making tragedy jokes? I haven't heard any about the Surfside collapse tragedy

I remember being astounded how quickly after the Challenger tragedy I heard a joke about it; I think it was the very next morning, and this was pre-internet.

It was a pretty funny line, too.


If you heard such a joke cold, is it wrong to laugh?

Now repeating it, that’s probably right out.

It is not easy, maybe not possible, to control what you spontaneously laugh at.

If you laugh inappropriately (and who hasn’t?), someone saying, “that’s not funny” is being judgmental and unfair.


What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts.

I also heard that in 2003, after the Columbia disaster.

Yeah, that’s the one.

It wasn’t really pre-internet. It was just pre-widely-accessible-internet. Usenet was the predominant message board in those days, for those who had access. This was long before Usenet was largely ruined by Eternal September.

There was definitely an entire thread of Challenger jokes beginning promptly after the event. I expect there’s still an archive of it on-line somewhere.

By “pre-internet”, I meant… (sigh)…never mind.