It is also referenced here (with my happy permission) by my blogpal Thivai at Dialogic. He, like quite a few other people, got the joke.
Among the other people who 'got it' was professional comedian David Kaye. Never heard of him?
Until recently, neither had I...I just checked out his website and his Myspace and I think some of his stuff is pretty funny. Especially the bit about how he invented whalanol. That cracked me up...sure wish I'd thought of that.
Wait up. I did think of that! A professional comedian is using my material! That would be awesome, except David Kaye forgot to give me credit or money. I think I'll write an email to him and point out his oversight:
I recently saw your myspace and noticed an inaccuracy. You did not invent "whalanol".
Perhaps you read this post: A Coalition of the Whaling?
There are others.
One funny thing was that a number of folks didn't realize it was satire and repeated it as news. Obviously, they didn't 'get it' but you did.
I'm glad that you have a sense of humor, you being a comedian and all, but would you do me a favor? Would you please take the material that you borrowed from me (whalanol) off of your myspace as well as removing it from any stand-up routines, skits or acts that you may be using it in?
Or pay me to write for you?
Whichever is easier.
I must admit that I was angry at David Kaye at first, after all he may be making money off of whalanol and I, the inventor, am not, but he's a comedian- what am I going to get for suing him? Laughs?
I'm kidding, of course. I want a cut of the profits- better yet, I want a job writing comedy routines for stand-up comics. After all, the "Funniest Pittsburgh Comedian Ever" uses my material - that's a pretty good resume builder, I'd say.
UPDATE: David gave me full credit on his myspace, plus a plug for my little indie radio station. He also has an entire line of endangered bio-fuels currently in production. I wish him luck.