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There are many joke options in Hearthstone's Finding Opponent spinner. Most of them are clearly references or jokes. But I don't know what to make of the "Fiscally responsible mime".

Is it a reference to something I don't recognize? Is it a pun (like "A cardish Ian")? Is it an in-joke for Blizzard employees? Is it just there to make people boggle?

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Are there synonyms for "fiscally responsible" that might make this joke make sense? – Bobson May 6 '14 at 2:36
I always thought that was all it ment, there may not be an answer. – peper757 May 6 '14 at 5:47
@peper757 - It's certainly possible. But it seems very random to not have some meaning behind it. – Bobson May 6 '14 at 11:49
When is the last time you've encountered a fiscally responsible mime? Yeah? I thought so! – BlackVegetable May 6 '14 at 14:45
I once saw a mime try to withdraw invisible money from an invisible ATM but his account was empty. The recession hit everyone. – Studoku May 12 '14 at 16:46

I think it is just a gag that tries to be funny using a paradox. I wouldn't search for a true reference behind it. In the Italian version there are a lot of entries like this, as (translating) "Animal-right activist hunter", or "unarmed warrior" (not sure if these voices also exist in the English version, but I think that each country has they own ones).

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Interesting. I can definitely see that as being the intended joke, except that I don't quite get why "fiscally responsible" would be opposite of "mime". – Bobson May 12 '14 at 14:24
@Bobson: Maybe they intend "mime" more as a virtual "substitute", "doppelganger", "look-alike". If your mime, in this acceptation, makes a legal "mess" in your shoes, you remain the responsible one for the society (even because your mime is not intended to be "physical"). At least, that's my interpretation. Again, I don't think this can make you LOL, anyway. :-) – Goblin May 12 '14 at 14:35
A mime who isn't frivolous with their spending is a paradox? If I were a mime, I'd be pretty insulted right now! – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft May 12 '14 at 16:27

Maybe it's supposed to be funny due to its irrelevance?

If I had to choose one adjective to describe a mime, it probably wouldn't be "fiscally responsible," even if that were true. Nobody asks (or cares) how fiscally responsible a mime is, so using that adjective seems completely random.

And random is funny. Kind of.

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A non sequitur? – Nick T May 12 '14 at 18:14

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