Yesterday at work we did a story about a police chase involving a bank robber nick-named the Fantasia bandit. He was called this because prior to his stint as a bank robber he was robbing adult video stores. When they caught the guy, the first thing I thought of was "I wonder what they find when they search his car?"...so without thinking, and in a crowded room, I said "I bet they find a black plastic-prosthetic-strap-on-fist in his trunk". A few people laughed, others looked at me in horror (maybe because we had a group of high schoolers here taking a tour at the time). Looking back on it, maybe it was a little over the top.
It's even a bigger problem in on-line conversations. I left a comment once on one of Baron's videos, and someone else replied to me saying how rude I was, and "if you don't like it, don't listen". Really? I don't even know how what I said was construed as offensive but apparently it was. I had a girlfriend once that lived a good 50 miles from me. We would chat on-line sometimes in the evening to save cell phone minutes. One time she was eating and said something about how she is getting fat. I replied with "yeah, you are huge". Of course I was joking. You can all see that right? She didn't get it, and we are no longer together.
It's hard to express kidding, or ribbing without the benefit of voice inflection, facial expressions, juvenile hand gestures, fake-sodomy-hip-thrusts, etc. Especially for idiots like me, who speak without thinking most of the time anyway.
It turns out the bank robber's last name was "Bearcub"....somehow I managed to keep the racial/gay jokes to myself. Maybe I'm learning. but to those who i piss off with my lame attempts at humor...uh..well...you know....(insert some easily misunderstood offensive comment here).