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Hoppy Mother's Day, DPers! Anyone Experience Cudnoski's Theorum Today?

I'm sure we're all familiar with the Godwin's Law phenomenon, which states that:

given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.

Well, I've discovered, I believe, a similar phenomenon that happens IRL (in real life) which I'm christening Cudnoski's Law, in honor of myself. And it goes like this:

Given enough time, any gathering of immediate and extended family for a holiday celebration or any other event, conversation inevitably reverts to discussion about our pocket digital devices and all of their fancy interactive features.

Has this phenomenon been discovered before or am I truly breaking new ground here?

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Cudnoski's Law

My oldest brother gave our Mom (80 years old) an IPhone for Christmas and it only gets used on holidays. Whoever can't make it by to see my parents calls them using the Facetime feature and the whole conversation ends up being about how to work the camera.
None of my other 4 siblings could make it by to see our Mom (they actually had good excuses) so they tried (in vain) to Facetime her. This is the conversation I heard 4 times yesterday.

"Hey Mom, Happy Mother's Day...Can you see me?" - Sibling
"Is this thing working? Oh, hey baby, oh look Dad, it's ----, I can see you, can you see me?"-Mom
"I can see your boobs, hold the camera up" -sibling
"Is this better?"- Mom
"Yeah, but get your thumb off the screen, did you get my card?" - Sibling
"Yes, thanks for the money, is this better?" -Mom
"I see the dog now, I think you switched the camera, get Suzanne to fix it, Suzanne, you there?" (I fix the camera)
"Ok, that's better, I can see you now, can you see me?"- Sibling
"Yes, can you see me?" - Mom
"No Mom, it's back on your boobs, hold the camera up for Pete's Sake and use that money I sent ya to buy a bra!" - sibling
(Mom, Dad and my preteen sons giggle, I roll my eyes)
"Well, quit looking at my boobs and I can't hold the phone up, my arms are tired. Just call me later on the regular phone honey, I love you." -Mom
"Alright Mom, I love you too." - Sibling

I hang up phone for her.



Chris Indeedski!

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by now it has become a pattern...

I ask this question with every major holiday...

Chris Indeedski!

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My family is so proud of me for upgrading my flip phone to a touchscreen with a camera, even if it's still just a Tracfone. My nephew was like dang Aunt Suzanimal, Granma even has an Iphone.

On this day of family togetherness...

...Let us all set the automatic timers on our digital devices the moment we walk through the door and see how long Cudnoski's Theorum takes to occur...

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Thats Godwin's Law

Ive never heard on Cdunguski.

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I have been noticing that for a while

But probably because I am so far out of the loop lol. My friends tease me relentlessly because I still have a "Stupid" cell phone. A flip one to be exact, and I do not know what an ipad does that makes everyone want one so badly. My phone does not have a camera and I cannot access the internet from any device I own other than my laptop. I refuse to Skype with people and I do not use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other such social media place, so having a device that connects to these things does not impress me.

That being said, I am the most out of touch 27 year old I know, and when this phenomenon happens (which it does often) I zone out.

You know I forgot you said that about your technology


Glad we get together once a year like this.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

I've noticed more high level geeks opting out of smart phones

We can't do the development we do on anything but a lap/desktop, spreading our data over multiple platforms can be counterproductive, few of us do facebook unless we're doing it for a client. And the higher you go into the exec level, these guys are still all about face time not facebook. Nobody is fooled by your profile. Dumb phones are kinda chic now in that regard.

Want to really make a statement? Be one of the small set that's too cool to even bother setting up voicemail.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.


why is this posted in DP liberty forum?
should be "weird stuff"!

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

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Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.


this happens all of the time. However I believe this can be very beneficial as people begin to make that switch from Mainstream media like TV, to Alternative Media especially its portability. Iv been told we are going to enter an awakening like no other after 12/21/2012. It would seem as tho connecting people to the Web would serve us quite well regarding the amount of information here and supporting a censor-free Internet.

His name is Edward Snowden

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