Posted by Matthew on Monday March 8, 2004 @11:25AM
from the green-and-white dept.
Matthew writes: According to a study conducted at the United Nations University, satirical shorts consume an average of 55 kilograms of raw materials each—a dramatic environmental cost basically equivalent to the weight of an adult human female.
While most of the material weight is in the form of water contained in the massive 64-ounce Mountain Dew fountain drinks consumed in the production of satire, an unexpected amount of petroleum products are consumed in the trip to the gas station to acquire the requisite Mountain Dew. Trace chemicals such as caffeine, glucose, and whatever the crumbly coconut coating on mini-donuts is made of compose the remainder of the raw materials.
“This report shows just how important it is to re-use and recycle satire, rather than simply forgetting about it or letting it get stale when the news is parodies is no longer current.” Says Eric Williams, a researcher at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo and one of the report’s co- authors. “We need to get used to hearing the same gags multiple times, and we should all do a lot more e-mail forwarding of links to joke sites to reduce the amount of new satire that we need to produce.”