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November 7, 2013

Funny bone ticklers

NORMAN — One of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional health, your marriage, and relationships in general is to laugh and give others the opportunity to laugh as well.

Laughter is truly a universal language among humans and even in some members of the animal kingdom. While humans laugh at the antics of animals, the reverse in not the case. At least, no animal has written a thesis disproving this belief. However, under comfortable social conditions puppies, apes and even rats emit a laughter type response.

Some folks (few acquaintances and relatives included) lack a sense of humor and do not understand what constitutes real humor. Consequently, when they say something they think is funny, it is usually hurtful to the person on the receiving end. On the other hand, the same people do not like laughter at their expense, even though some of the things they do are funny.

Fortunately, Hubby, our children, my boss (aka cyber lawyer) and most people I associate with have a well developed funny bone.

Cyber lawyer has a calm disposition, unlike his mercurial assistant. This was apparent the other day when he approached the assistant’s desk and said, “I think we need to call technical support because I spilled my tea all over my laptop.” It was one of those you-made-my-day moments.

My father, the antithesis of anything remotely similar to a chef, was forced to cook for himself after mother died. Although he liked to eat, he looked upon the cooking process as a necessary nuisance and devised “clever” shortcuts. Instead of microwaving a baked potato as needed, he covered the bottom of the microwave with as many potatoes as it would hold. Then he looked surprised when the potatoes burst into flames. His expression was worth the sacrifice of cremated spuds.

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