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Malex Minute 109

April Fools! Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think!

Episode Audio

Malex's Thoughts

One is reminded of precisely how tenuous Snufflefungus’s understanding of reality is. Such a simple thing as an April Fools’ prank can set off a chain-reaction of misunderstandings that echoes down through the ages. Especially when Linus is involved.

It’s not every day that you find yourself being annoyed by somebody you can retaliate against by simply powering them down. It’s such a simple solution, one wonders why Malex doesn’t use it more often?

We’re currently in the finishing stages of creating a short film to showcase the fun things we can do with our new green screen. I had previously suggested that we would have a video to show off within two weeks from St. Patrick’s day. A deadline which fluttered past days ago with nary a sign of a new video.

This is because, despite my best efforts, ray tracing takes time.

Yes, our new project depends quite heavily on computer generated imagery to power the illusions we are creating. And this computer generated imagery is quite time-consuming to generate. In fact, the final sequence consists entirely of frames which are taking over three hours to render. Each!

We expect that sequence to be done on Saturday. In the evening. Hopefully we will then be set to release a beautiful new short film on Sunday or Monday!

Hopefully…

ttyl!

——Alex Markley

Transcript

~~ Introduction

Malex: Welcome to the Malex Minute, Ladies and Gentlemen! I’m Malex and I’m hosting the show today.

Snufflefungus: It’s April Fools’ season!

Linus: April Fools’ is a season? Hot dog!

Malex: God forbid.

Snufflefungus: So wait, April Fools’ isn’t a season?

Malex: No, April Fools’ Day was earlier this week.

Linus: Too bad, I could really use an April Fools’ season…

Malex: So Snufflefungus, did anyone play an April Fools’ prank on you this week?

Linus: I’ll give you five dollars not to answer that question!

Snufflefungus: Nope, nobody did anything!

Malex: Linus…

Linus: I didn’t do anything! And if I did, Snuffy didn’t get it, so what’s the harm?

Malex: By the by, I should make an announcement for our listeners to clear something up. If any of you out there saw our blog entries about Linus leaving the show… April fools!

Linus: Yeah, me leaving the show? I wish.

Snufflefungus: All is right with the world.

Linus: We should scare people more often. It’s funny.

Snufflefungus: I’m still not sure I like the whole thing.

Malex: What do you mean, Snuffy?

Snufflefungus: Well I mean, I thought you always say not to tell lies!

Linus: Malex was telling you an April Fools’ joke, Snuffy! Lying is a perfectly acceptable part of our normal society.

Malex: No! Don’t tell lies, Linus! Snuffy, that’s not true!

Linus: See what I mean, Snufflefungus? He’s making another joke. Life is a game; there are no moral absolutes.

Snufflefungus: My little Snuffy brain hurts.

Malex: Linus, don’t make me suppress you!

Linus: (Sarcastic) Yes sir!

Snufflefungus: So why is it okay to tell lies on April Fools’ Day?

Malex: Well, lying is only really lying if the purpose is to deceive. Since everyone knows that practical jokes are traditional on April Fool’ Day, it becomes simply a matter of catching them off guard, like pouring a friendly bucket full of water on somebody… It’s just a practical joke.

Linus: Yeah, just like a bucket of water… On a twenty-below winter day.

Malex: With warm water then!

Linus: Like it wouldn’t freeze them anyway!

Malex: Er– … Arrgh, you win!

Linus: Thank you.

Snufflefungus: So it’s okay to play April Fools’ jokes on April Fools’ Day?

Malex: Yes.

Snufflefungus: Which means that, on April Fools’ day, it’s okay to lie?

Malex: No no, not lie… April Fools’ Day is funny because it’s the only day of the year when you can say things that are untrue without actually lying, see… Because everybody expects it.

Linus: And if you look to your left, you’ll see the pride of the museum, an exhibit on the human capacity for moral rationalization!

Malex: (Sighs)

Snufflefungus: Okay, I get it! Ladies and Gentlemen, those stories about Linus leaving the show are really completely true! (Bad liar.) I’m so sad, because Linus was my best friend. And he’s leaving. Forever.

Malex: Um…

Linus: Snufflefungus makes his first April Fools’ joke! Everyone politely laugh!

Malex: It is possible to carry it too far, Snufflefungus.

Snufflefungus: Really?

Malex: Well yeah, you have to be careful about where to draw the line.

Snufflefungus: (Pauses.) I’m confused.

Malex: If you go too far, you risk actually deceiving people… Which is exactly what we don’t want.

Linus: You know what? I’m tired of beating around the bush! Let’s just go crazy!

Malex: (Angry) Linus…

Snufflefungus: (Hopeful) Will being crazy help explain things for me?

Linus: You bet! Did you know, everything Malex has said so far was one big April Fools’ joke?

Snufflefungus: (Pauses again.) That doesn’t help.

Linus: April Fools! Gotcha! Now, of course, apply these concepts to the past year and a half of our lives and what do you get?!

Malex: Linus, I don’t like where you’re taking this.

Snufflefungus: Wait… (Laughs) Oh, I get it! You’re playing an April Fools’ joke on me!

Linus: Now you’re catching on! Look at him go!

Snufflefungus: I figured it out!

Linus: Now let’s observe to see if he figures out that he himself was playing an April Fools’ joke when he said that!

Snufflefungus: …What?

Malex: Corrective measures are being taken, Linus.

Linus: Hey, look at that! Malex is heading downstairs! I’ve got fifteen seconds before he gets to the server room and shuts me off! … April Fools!

Snufflefungus: Which part of that was an April Fools’ joke?

Linus: I’d tell you, but that would be an April Fools’ joke too!

Snufflefungus: (Frightened) …Malex?

Linus: Aha, but Malex has been an April Fools’ joke the whole time, Snufflefungus! He doesn’t really exist!

Snufflefungus: Malex!

Linus: Wait don’t go down there, the April Fools’ Bog Monster lives down there!

Snufflefungus: What?!

Linus: In fact Snuffy, the whole idea of the calendar was an April Fools’ joke! In reality, the year only consists of April first!

Snufflefungus: Uh oh…

Linus: And black is white, up is down, etc., so on, so forth! Good is bad and bad is– (Cuts off in the middle of a word.)

Snufflefungus: …Linus? I guess Malex shut him off… Maybe he’ll be all better once he’s slept off some of the April Foolness. Yes, that’ll do the trick. In the meantime, this episode is probably over! Bye bye, everybody!

~~ End

Credits

Producer and Director: Alex Markley

Writers: Peter Markley and Alex Markley

Voices: Markley Brothers

Post-processing director: Gabriel Markley

Illustration: Peter Markley

Release manager: Peter Markley

Recording assistance: Thanks, Dad!

Thanks to everyone for their help and support. :)

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Comments

Awesome Episode!

First comment! Thanks to Malex forgetting to publish the episode last night, this is the first (and last, I'm sure) time I get first comment. Whoopey for me!

I love little Snuffy. He's so cute and gullible! He doesn't want to believe but he can't help himself. And Linus is so mean! Even my brain was starting to hurt there. Good thing Malex turned him off briefly. Disciplinary measures were called for.

And the illustration was excellent. Snuffy looks so confused. I like the way Malex is striding off down the stairs.

Heh. I see Snuffy brought a Teddy Bear back with him ... from the moon.

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"You can't prune a tree with a shotgun." - Richard Hammond

Everything looks perfect from far away.

First comment!!

Oh yay! I'm first!

Guys! This episode is as funny as the last one. You guys rock!!

Linus: And if you look to your left, you’ll see the pride of the museum, an exhibit on the human capacity for moral rationalization!

I really struggled to hold my laughter till the end of this line so as not to miss part of it!

Linus: I’d tell you, but that would be an April Fools’ joke too!

Snufflefungus: (Frightened) ...Malex?

Linus: Aha, but Malex has been an April Fools’ joke the whole time, Snufflefungus! He doesn’t really exist!

Snufflefungus: Malex!

Linus: Wait don’t go down there, the April Fools’ Bog Monster lives down there!

Snufflefungus: What?!

Poor Snuffy!! Linus can be such a brute. Oh well, at least Snuffy seems to have picked up a teddy bear from somewhere. The moon, perhaps? It sure looks like a moon bear.

Great job, guys. This is really funny.

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I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing. - Hillel

We should take our comfort from God's word, not from the circumstances of our lives.

Dawning realization

Hey. I wasn't first. :-((

And to credit Ais properly, she was the one who noticed the resemblance of the bear to the moon's surface.

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I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing. - Hillel

We should take our comfort from God's word, not from the circumstances of our lives.

Shame

Sorry. I slipped in ahead of you... *hangs head in shame*

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"You can't prune a tree with a shotgun." - Richard Hammond

Everything looks perfect from far away.

Peter's picture

Thank you all!

I’m so glad you all like it! XD

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“... But as for me, I trust in [God.]” -Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Insanity & Hilarity

Ahh, insanity and hilarity...the hallmarks of the Malex Minute

Well, I must say, this episode was a complete success! My mind was thoroughly boggled by then end of it @-D @-D @-D @-D :P

Linus: And if you look to your left, you’ll see the pride of the museum, an exhibit on the human capacity for moral rationalization!

Mrs. Oz, I agree with you: this line was hilarious! It was the best part of the whole episode! lol lol lol

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."

- Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."

- Proverbs 3:5-6

Peter's picture

:)

Noble Wisdom said:

Well, I must say, this episode was a complete success!

Hehehe, thank you!

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“... But as for me, I trust in [God.]” -Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

I really liked this episode!!

It almost, just Barely resembles when Dragon Man says something that I don't understand or that makes me broked'd(and yes, its a word in my world that I use quite often!!)Mariel and Lilly and a lot of other people know exactly what I'm talking about!! :-P :-P ;-) It made my day!!

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One of my Grandpa's many sayings~~~

"I'll see you in the funny papers!"

Graduation is coming, everybody grab your caps and gowns!

Peter's picture

Great!

I’m really glad you liked the episode. :D

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“... But as for me, I trust in [God.]” -Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Awesome!

This was good, I think it was well pulled off. There were several good ones going on across the internet as well. Youtube set it up where all related videos and featured videos would redirect to a rick roll.

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Peter's picture

Thank you!

Wow, that sounds funny. :D

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“... But as for me, I trust in [God.]” -Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

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