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Humoralistically, I lean toward ...

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black bile
  2238 votes / 18%
yellow bile
  917 votes / 7%
phlegm
  2541 votes / 21%
blood
  2377 votes / 20%
I'm humorless, you clod!
  3789 votes / 31%
11862 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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Humoralistically, I lean toward ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yuk.

  • XKCD.... *** /. BURN ***
    • I don't get it... perhaps the joke is a bit too medieval for my taste.

      • by uncanny (954868)
        He's saying that instead of saying something humorous of his own, he links to XKCD to tell the jokes for him
        • And I was making a joke regarding the medieval practices... a double whoosh on both our parts :)

      • by geekoid (135745)

        It's all Greek to me.

        • by snowgirl (978879)

          Aftá mou faínontai kinézika.

          (Slashdot didn't like the Greek characters. :( )

          • <div class="commentBody">
            <div id="comment_body_35908682"><p>Aft&#225; mou fa&#237;nontai kin&#233;zika.</p><p>(Slashdot didn't like the Greek characters.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:( )</p></div>
            </div>

            Yet this, from the page source, clearly shows they are doing utf-8 embedded encoding (of sorts). I wonder why they don't give us a more diverse character set... allow one more html markup tag..

            • Not necessarily. These character codes are valid (and correct) in other 8-bit encodings, too (including the majority of ISO-8859). The headers specify UTF-8, though.
              • Not necessarily. These character codes are valid (and correct) in other 8-bit encodings, too (including the majority of ISO-8859). The headers specify UTF-8, though.

                Ah thanks upon further inspection I see... I am still learning :)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Most disgusting poll EVER !!

  • What does that even mean?

    (And before you waste your time, a Google search is only going to point back at this poll)

    • Humorism (Score:5, Informative)

      by MrNickname (1918152) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:44PM (#35900300)
      I believe that the poll is refering to humorism [wikipedia.org].
      • Mod this guy up. I had no idea what this poll was talking about before reading wikipedia.
        • Re:Humorism (Score:5, Informative)

          by AK Marc (707885) on Friday April 22, 2011 @03:16AM (#35904128)
          I wouldn't have been so proud of my ignorance, but judging from the random responses so far, you are in good company. Just to show you that you already know the answer, just glance at a line from that quoted Wikipedia article and apply a little common sense.

          "The four humors of Hippocratic medicine were black bile (gr. melan chole), yellow bile (gr. chole), phlegm (gr. phlegma), and blood (lat. sanguis)."

          Which, of course, we all know as melancholy, choleric, phlegmatic, and sanguine, respectively. OK, well maybe those of us that took world history (the real kind that covers such things)... And if you want to read the Wikipedia article that actually talks about the personality traits related to them, try here. [wikipedia.org]
        • by silanea (1241518)

          Indeed! I instinctively chose black bile for the colour*, but after glancing over that Wikipedia article I know I should have checked yellow bile. Damn that stupid poll!

          * The first person to claim that black and white are not colours is wholeheartedly invited to find out why yellow bile would have been the right option for me.

        • by pspahn (1175617)

          Neither did I.

          I thought it was just referring to what your body typically spews out. Like if you drink a lot of red wine and eat blueberries and such you might choose black bile. If you eat mostly cheese, your bile might be yellow.

          I dunno, I smoke, so I chose phlegm.

      • I believe that the poll is refering to humorism [wikipedia.org].

        Well, then - shouldn't it have been "Humoristically" rather than "Humoralistically"?

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Sheesh. Slashdotters. So you can take the time to comment on something, but you can't even look at the fucking article he linked too? Here let me help you.... this is how the wikipedia article starts. Maybe it will answer you stupid question.

          Humorism, or humoralism , is a discredited theory of the makeup and workings of the human body adopted by Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers...

          • by WillKemp (1338605)

            Sheesh. Slashdotters. So you can take the time to comment on something, but you can't even look at the fucking article he linked too?

            You must be new here!

      • I thought it was just asking which substance I found the funniest. :(
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Mod this guy up. I had no idea what wikipedia was before reading this poll.

      • Haven't seen this mentioned yet: in terms of identifying with one of these substances, reading about the four temperaments [wikimedia.org] will probably be more helpful than the older-school medical stuff.
        • by jd (1658)

          I've British humour, so mine would be pink with green spots.

      • None

        I believe in Ayurveda [wikipedia.org].

    • I'm a warm, moist artisan. Courageous, hopeful, and amorous.

      • I'm a warm, moist artisan. Courageous, hopeful, and amorous.

        Rather sanguine, I'd say.

      • "We're more of the love, blood and rhetoric school. ...Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric - and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love. And we can do you all three, concurrent or consecutive.

        "But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see!"

  • by tbird81 (946205) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:50PM (#35900382)

    From http://www.greekmedicine.net/b_p/Four_Humors.html [greekmedicine.net]

    Blood promotes a feeling of joy, mirth, optimism, enthusiasm, affection and wellbeing.
    Phlegm induces passivity, lethargy, subjectivity, devotion, emotionalism, sensitivity and sentimentality.
    Yellow Bile provokes, excites and emboldens the passions. Being inflammatory, irritating and caustic, it provokes anger, irritability, boldness, ambition, envy, jealousy and courage.
    Black Bile makes one pensive, melancholy and withdrawn. It encourages prudence, caution, realism, pragmatism and pessimism.

    • I just chose phlegm because I like consonant clusters (even if they're mostly typographic).

    • by keytoe (91531) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @07:09PM (#35901202) Homepage

      Black Bile makes one pensive, melancholy and withdrawn. It encourages prudence, caution, realism, pragmatism and pessimism.

      In looking for details on this, I came across the fact* that 'Black Bile' in the original greek is melan chole. I love etymology.

      *Wikipedia 'fact', so grains of salt, etc.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        >>In looking for details on this, I came across the fact* that 'Black Bile' in the original greek is melan chole. I love etymology.

        You didn't learn this in elementary school like the rest of us?

      • As a Greek, I can confirm that, in this case, Wikipedia got its Greek right.

    • by ildon (413912)

      Most people would use the terms "sanguine," "phlegmatic," "choleric," and "melancholic."

    • by steelfood (895457)

      A poll that needs to be explained beforehand is of the same quality as a joke of like deficiency.

      But seriously, thanks for the explanation.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Nice try, but really it's not the polls fault you are lacking in education.

        • by smudj (1983234)
          lacking in education for not knowing the details of a discredited medical system? Sorry, I guess I'm also lacking in education for not knowing the exact steps for performing an Aztec human sacrifice to please the gods.
          • by moortak (1273582)
            The difference in this case is that the four humors come up frequently in literature and have a place in general language.
    • by box4831 (1126771)

      From http://www.greekmedicine.net/b_p/Four_Humors.html [greekmedicine.net]

      Blood promotes a feeling of joy, mirth, optimism, enthusiasm, affection and wellbeing.
      Phlegm induces passivity, lethargy, subjectivity, devotion, emotionalism, sensitivity and sentimentality.
      Yellow Bile provokes, excites and emboldens the passions. Being inflammatory, irritating and caustic, it provokes anger, irritability, boldness, ambition, envy, jealousy and courage.
      Black Bile makes one pensive, melancholy and withdrawn. It encourages prudence, caution, realism, pragmatism and pessimism.

      I'm surprised that 'yellow bile' is the least selected option, considering the comments in copyright/patents/GPL stories

    • by sootman (158191)

      Next Slashdot poll: "Favorite type of leach for curing humoral imbalance"

      • Next Slashdot poll: "Favorite type of leach for curing humoral imbalance"

        More interesting poll : "Favorite leech for causing humoral imbalance."

        [_] Birthers
        [_] Rupert Murdoch
        [_] Steve Ballmer
        [_] Flash
        [_] Teabaggers
        [_] Obamacare
        [_] Year of the Linux desktop
        [_] Java is slow
        [_] The future of Windows mobile devices
        [_] Slashdot's new discussion interface
        [_] "I'm APK - the hosts file guy - I'm already imbalanced, you insensitive b*tch"

  • That's "you insensitive clod", you insensitive clod!

  • I you had never heard the word phlegm pronounced, would you be able to say it correctly??? also, does snot count as phlegm? It's strange that people with a cold or flu will keep a pocket full of it, wrapped in a cloth. My initial thoughts on this poll were, yuk!, but it's more fun than I thought.

    • It's strange that people with a cold or flu will keep a pocket full of it, wrapped in a cloth.

      What's strange is that you can time travel, and yet choose to be here.

    • Hey! Phlegm is awesome!

    • by WillKemp (1338605)

      I[f] you had never heard the word phlegm pronounced, would you be able to say it correctly???

      For the majority of the words in the English language, if you'd never heard them spoken you'd have very little chance of pronouncing them correctly!

  • It's not a humor.
  • Until I get over this cold.

  • A poll I had to figure out before I could answer

    Good times

  • If's "you insensitive clod!" not "you clod!" you insensitive clod!

  • Dyskrasia for me. Is that another way of saying "Bah, Humbug!"?
  • This is the single funniest thing I've ever seen on Slashdot in... uh... how old is Slashdot, 15 years?

    Yellow bile is a reference to a Stephenson book.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      no it's not.

      • by gclef (96311)

        Being inflammatory, irritating and caustic, it provokes anger, irritability, boldness, ambition, envy, jealousy and courage.

        I dunno, that's not a bad summary of Stephenson. The GP may be right...

  • for I have recently had a barber-surgeon bleed me.

    • Can you give me the address? Good barbers are hard to come by in these parts nowadays. Just some fancy hair-cutting bullshit, can't even get a decent shave, let alone a bloodletting. The world is going to pieces, I tell you. Kids these days...
  • One of the more interesting polls (including reading all of the comments) I have seen for a while ... Thank you so much to the one who had the idea!!!

  • Until I read the comments. I wasn't sure if it was about Vick's 44 or Pokemon. Live and learn.
  • my phlegm has blood in it... is that bad?
    • by MRe_nl (306212)

      Well I'd stop casting Conjuration/Summoning spells for a while, just to be sure...

  • So, by these standards..... bloody phlem covered calico bile is the ULTIMATE JOKE!
  • by SmilingBoy (686281) on Friday April 22, 2011 @08:43AM (#35905480)
    "I'm humorless, you clod!" is really the same as "phlegm".
  • For real ... this should totally have the option for Unicorns and Cowboy Neil ... what is going on and who is posting these incomplete polls?!?!?!?!

  • by Anonymous Coward
    • Hey, you got vitreous humour in my aqueous.
    • No, you got aqueous humour in my vitreous.
    • Mmmm, they taste great together!
  • I probably lean a little more towards Aqua Velva than I do Aqua Vitae.

  • I can't believe the crap that gets put up here these days. None of the poll choices make sense because I know for a fact that I'm mostly phlogiston. Yellow bile indeed.

  • How could anyone choose the last option? It makes a well-known humorous reference to Calvin and Hobbes, but it itself states that the person choosing it is without humour. I cannot see how anyone, with or without humour, could possibly choose this option, and yet it is currently the most popular choice! Someone please explain this to me!

    • While it is possible for the rare person to have a perfect balance of the four bodily humours, it is of course impossible for someone to lack any humours, unless they were dead, and a dead person cannot reply to a poll.

      Therefore, the last statement is clearly meaningless, and therefore must have been included in the poll in error. It ought to be removed from the poll.

  • I give this question the Finger!

People are always available for work in the past tense.

 



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