In the style of the Onion.*
At any time night or day, Mr. Block may launch into a verbal self-criticism regarding his lack of ability to accomplish even the simplest of tasks, handle the most basic of interpersonal relationships, carry liquids without spilling them, think on his feet without thinking about his feet, parallel park without knocking over a mailbox and 2 or 3 citizens, eat a meal without mostly wearing it, go to the bathroom without missing the toilet, or perform any number of countless other human endeavors without metaphorically mangling them into a mutilated mess.
When he won the hardly coveted Klaus Milken Award for Self-Deprecation in 2013, Mr. Block appropriately said in his acceptance speech that he did not deserve it.
Now, however, Mr. Block’s renown for claiming to be unrenowned is being called into serious question. A panel of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania led by Dr. Len Lewitsky has been studying Mr. Block for the better part of the last year. Their conclusion: Mr. Block is not a master of self-deprecation at all, but is indeed every bit as inferior and incompetent as he has always claimed he was.
Therefore he is not self-deprecating at all!
"We never would have believed any human being could be as thoroughly inept as Mr. Block," said Dr. Lewitsky. "We've examined hundreds and hundreds of instances of Mr. Block's behavior in everyday life and have not found a single instance of his competently handling any situation of any kind whatsoever at any time any where."
Some examples cited by the team include:
- Mr. Block routinely loses items he never had.
- Mr. Block was married for 27 years during which he kept coming home to the wrong house night after night where there lived a substantially worse looking wife than at his own house.
- Mr. Block cannot cover a yawn without employing a large canvas.
"Next we gave Mr. Block some very simple aptitude tests," said Dr. Lewitsky. "He was asked to place wooden blocks into the proper holes in which they fit. He had to send them out to a tailor to be altered. Then he was given a word association test; none of the words wished to be associated with him. Finally, we presented him with a Rorschach test, also known as an inkblot test. There are no right or wrong answers in tests such as these. Mr. Block saw two French fries copulating, which turns out to be wrong."
At press time, the team was still trying to make sense of their findings to confirm definitively whether Mr. Block has ever actually made a self-deprecating statement. Mr. Block was philosophical about the situation but somewhat concerned about the status of his Klaus Milken Award.
"Of course they're going to take away my award for Self-Deprecation,” he said. “After all, I was never very good at it."
Chances are, he never was.
*I didn't say as funny as the Onion, just in the style of.