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How are these two things similar? (Redux: want to play a game of similarity?)

Asked by Soubresaut (13707points) October 9th, 2017

If this were the back of a cheesy board game box, I’d say: Get ready for the mind-bending, brain-twisting fun inside!

This is a game from 6 years back. I can’t remember how I ran into it again. One link led to another and then there it was. I thought it was hilarious then, and reading it now I think it’s hilarious again. It requires quick wit and keen humor, or at least a willingness to grasp at the straws dropped in your lap. I go for the straws.

The rules:

1. Describe a similarity between the two things mentioned by the previous jelly. It can be any similarity. It can be several similarities. Be imaginative. Be daring. Be absurd. Be very serious.

2. Name a new pairing for the next jelly. Try not to simply pick things that are opposites. Pick things that seem unrelated to each other. They can even just be random choices. Make the jelly below you sweat a little. :)

I hope those rules are a little clearer than the ones from last time.

Here’s the example. Skip the description in the OP—or at least don’t pay it any attention. I explained the concept confusingly, but the other jellies helped give the game a rhythm and a shape. You can see it develop after the first few comments.

I’ll give three options to start. The first jelly only need pick one. (Overachievement is always encouraged in this game, so you’re welcome to do more. You just don’t have to.)

Starting Round

a. Blackpool and a stapler. (Credit to the black cat in the top hat. The game ended shortly after that post, so the similarity between these things was never solved).
b. A violin and clothespins.
c. Arachnids and imaginary numbers.

(Remember to name a new pairing for the jelly after you!)

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Jeruba's avatar

b. A violin and clothespins: Both have an operating principle that depends on tension in a wire.

Next: a skunk and a skyscraper.

ragingloli's avatar

They both are sky high. One with its stink, the other by its height.

Donald Drumpf, Orangutan

Soubresaut's avatar

Neither have tails.

What’d you think I was gonna say? :)

A trilby and bubblegum.

Jeruba's avatar

Both are unbecoming after a certain age.

A ladder and an egg.

rebbel's avatar

A wooden ladder, before it breaks, will creak.
If you listen very carefully, an egg will too.

Sneaker socks and dark chocolate.

janbb's avatar

Each can break something when they fall.

An elephant and a cupcake.

janbb's avatar

Dang! I answered Jeruba’s.

To answer @Rebbel’s:

Each tastes good but not as good as milk chocolate.

Now mine:

An elephant and a cupcake

rebbel's avatar

@janbb “It requires quick wit..”

Soubresaut's avatar

Both tend to travel in groups?

A candlestick and Pepsi

ragingloli's avatar

They both taste like each other.

Luke Skywalker, Xenomorph

janbb's avatar

I don’t care about either of them.

Apple pie and a garden hose

ragingloli's avatar

I do not care about those either.

Penguins, Feast.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Both usually have a fish course.

Video games, petunias

janbb's avatar

Both give pleasure to some.

Diapers and Facebook

MrGrimm888's avatar

(This one was t-ball.) They’re both full of shit.

Jelly doughnuts, and tampons.

rebbel's avatar

Doughnuts are yummy. Period.

White trash and skin rash.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Another easy one. Ohio.

Hippos, and phone booths.

janbb's avatar

You don’t find them in cities.

Ice cream sandwiches and tractors

ragingloli's avatar

They both melt when subjected to enough heat.

Cocaine. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

ucme's avatar

“I’ll be crack”
Phloem & Xylem

Dutchess_III's avatar

Phloem & Xylem are parts of plants. (If a person doesn’t get the right answer, does TJAM give them the right answer?)

David Cassidy and the Twelve Days of Christmas song.

janbb's avatar

@Dutchess_III There is no right answer.

Both are mind numbingly boring.

Pot pies and John Lennon

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL! No, man! The Partridge Family! And David Cassidy was hot!

IDK. I give it over to TJBM.
Pot pies and John Lennon

Soubresaut's avatar

Pot pies and Lennon? Well, the 1960s and hippies, I think!

Yahtzee and Yahoo!

Brian1946's avatar

They’re the results of tzee and oo getting their Yah Yahs.

The center of our galaxy and a mythological archer.

Dutchess_III's avatar


Cucumbers and Vaseline.

ragingloli's avatar

They are both very useful in bed.

Schoolgirl, Tentacles

Dutchess_III's avatar

Dirty, handsy old men.

Dogs and cow legs.

ragingloli's avatar

Both are delicious when grilled over a campfire.

Star Trek Discovery, Chlamydia

Muad_Dib's avatar

Both are making me question my life choices.

Swords and skyscrapers

janbb's avatar

They are phallic symbols

Capitalism and French fires

Dutchess_III's avatar

They are both greasy.

Windows 10 and $90.00.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I’ve had both, but not right now.
Neither one is worth all that much.
Both are American.
Both can be gone in minutes.
Neither are all that gratifying.

Twinkies rattlesnakes

Dutchess_III's avatar

They squirt crap in your mouth.

Men and children.

Muad_Dib's avatar

They both are useless at folding laundry
**stares at my family

Baseball and wardrobe cupboards.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wardrobe cupboards?

Patty_Melt's avatar

(Also known as free standing wardrobes)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh. I have one. It’s an antique.

They’re both outstanding in their field, @Muad_Dib.

Football and 50 Shades of Gray.

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve managed thus far to avoid seeing either one.

Railroad tracks and egg salad.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Both go through tunnels (if you count the colon as a tunnel. )

Butternut squash and a fishing pole.

Soubresaut's avatar

Both have a rounder/bulkier end and a longer/thinner end, and you have to know what you’re doing to make dinner with either.

A lampshade and a crowbar.

janbb's avatar

People will be upset if you show up to a party with either of them.

A pizza pie and a tuning fork.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Things you shouldn’t bring to listen to the Morman Tabernacle Choir.

Television set and an alarm clock.

Patty_Melt's avatar

They both make noise I can sleep through.
Lots of people spend too much time looking at both.
The human race survived many centuries without either one.

A library card and a skateboard

janbb's avatar

Both can take you to new places.

Batons and horsehair sofas

Brian1946's avatar

I have never sat on either of them.

The world’s largest felines and the world’s deepest freshwater lake.

Muad_Dib's avatar

They’re both in Russia?

Harikari and Combines

Patty_Melt's avatar

They can both slice a person nicely.

Owl and quarterly financial statement

janbb's avatar

They’re both a hoot!

Raindrops on rose and whiskers on kittens

Patty_Melt's avatar

These are a few of Julie Andrews’ favorite things.

Dart board and the carpool lane

MrGrimm888's avatar

Things that are best with multiple people…

Bacon flavored lube, and skinny jeans.

Soubresaut's avatar

One word: Hipsters.

A megaphone and a socket wrench.

ucme's avatar

They both have talk/torque
A butler & a wife

MrGrimm888's avatar

A dry British sit-com…

Blowfish, and gonorrhea.

ucme's avatar

Spikey twats
Bicycle pump & mandolin

MrGrimm888's avatar

Things in Rod Stewart’s garage.

Hover boards, and bong water.

Soubresaut's avatar

Can I make a correction to my first “similarity”? When I said, “Neither have tails,” I was woefully unaware of the infinitely superior connections: birth certificates, lawsuits over late night comedy routines taken too literally, and Bill Maher.

I pass the current pair on to the next jelly: hover boards and bong water!

Jeruba's avatar

You probably won’t get much of a trip on either one.

Raisins and equestrian statues.

Soubresaut's avatar

Both preserve a subject (grapes and equestrians) by distilling the subject down to its most lasting components (sugars, and moments of glory). Both have a much lower water content than their subject. Both dry under the sun.

Rock climbing and post-it notes.

janbb's avatar

In both the goal is not to fall off.

Animal crackers and umbrellas

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