I'm for sarcasm. One, because everyone is thinking, what are you ? An idiot ? And two, sometimes people need to be told in a way that slaps them in the face. Without, actually, slapping them in the face. And let's be honest, there are some really, ummmmm, strange ? Questions out there. You just have to wonder about someone's thought processes when they ask if they can go fishing off the rear deck, or fly a kite off the rear of the ship. How about a mother who asked if they would drain the pool because her son was practicing for a skateboard competition ( asked on Funville ). Do you really want to say nothing, or a simple no ? I won't get into the now infamous, " rice cooker query ".
It's like when someone giving directions tells you, make a left at the last light in town. Well, how do you know when you get to the last light in town ? When you get to the destination, you just can't help but give a silly look that says, gee......thanks for the stupid directions.
I'm from northern NJ, and when someone asks directions, we just say, it's up the road a bit. Now, we know what we mean, but, we could be telling you how to get to the nearest gas station, or, Ohio. " go west on 80, cross the Gap into Pa, and Ohio is just up the road a bit. ". ??????? Huh ????????? Really ??????? This phrase almost came back to bite me in the a$$ one day. My wife and I were staying at a B&B in south jersey, and we asked for directions to a recommended restaurant. Sure enough, at the end of some general turn left here, turn right there, she said " and it's just up the road "......well, my wife was halfway out the door and I stopped and said " hold on......I know what that means..I give out those same directions....I could end up in Rhode Island, can I have something a little easier to follow ? ". The woman just burst out laughing. Point is, it's a stupid way to give directions. And I know when people get lost they're cursing me out.
Well that was a freaky tangent. Sorry. Not sure how that happened. Oh well. I'm tired.