Walking to campus after the Disneyland measles outbreak last winter, Oregon State University instructor George Estreich thought of how funny it would be to ask if Cinderella were current on her shots. At home later, he wrote a piece that became “Immunization Status of Magic Kingdom Celebrities,” published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency in February.
Internet Tendency, the literature website affiliated with McSweeney’s Publishing in San Francisco, features short conceptual humor on topics both relevant and just plain weird. A selection of recent titles gives a sense of content and tone. “Amazing Trivia about Every U.S. President Almost Too Unbelievable to Be True.” “Reasons You Were Not Promoted that Are Totally Unrelated to Gender.” “What a Straight Man’s Favorite Musical Says about Him.”