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# Measuring Riduculosity

When you want to know how little sense you're making
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I propose a measure of ridiculousness based on this algorithm:

Count the number of made up words, call it a.

Take the average stupidity of the impossible ideas presented, call that b.

Take the amount of funny/awesome presented, call that c.

Ridiculousness = b(a-c+1).

For instance, this idea would warrant the following: a = 5 b = 4 c = 0 riduculousness = 4(5-0+1) = 24.

Therefore, I score a 24 on the ridiculosity scale, which is an impossible idea, meaning I score 30, yet another impossible idea, 36, 42, 48...

 — themuffinking, Jan 14 2007

 Ridiculous: adj. Deserving or inspiring ridicule; absurd, preposterous, or silly.

 If you are using 'ridiculous' in the first sense, I don't think using made-up words is necessarily deserving of ridicule (Shakespeare's plays seem to be fairly well-regarded, for example). If you are using it in the second sense, I don't think funny ideas are less absurd or silly than serious ones.

And your last sentence makes no sense; why is scoring 24 an impossible idea? But, you do deserve some credit for coming up with a ridiculous definition of ridiculousness, you slithy tove.
 — imaginality, Jan 14 2007

What is this idea's usefullness?
 — flynn, Jan 14 2007

 Don't you ever?

Isn't this notion already covered by the Absolute Drivel scale?
 — zen_tom, Jan 14 2007

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