Have you ever heard something that just struck your funny bone?
Did you ever hear something that really struck your funny bone and you had to laugh? Maybe you were in a conversation with a friend. Perhaps it was something you heard on TV or the radio. The speaker may have intended it to be funny and hoped you’d laugh. Or they may have been quite serious but for some reason you couldn’t help but laugh.
I had a couple such experiences recently. One was while watching the British Open on TV. The announcer was talking to an older golfer. I don’t remember his name. They were showing clips of when he was a young man, probably back in the seventies. He was wearing a pair of bright plaid pants. I don’t remember if they were straight or boot cut but they were definitely seventy-ish.
The old golfer looked at the video, laughed and said, “Look at those pants! I don’t know how many polyesters they had to kill to make those.” I don’t know why but that cracked me up. I still laugh every time I think about it. I believe he intended to be funny.
The other incident is a commercial that plays on the radio. It’s a Complete Outdoor and All American Tent ad. A little girl is singing the song “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen.” The announcer asks, “Is her birthday coming up soon? Complete Outdoor and American Tent can make her dreams come true by getting the complete “Frozen” party to celebrate her birthday.” If you rent a bouncy house you can get a free snow cone machine. They call it the Bounce ‘um and Freeze ‘um special.
To me that sounds like a mission statement for the mafia not something you’d do for a child’s birthday party. I don’t think they intended it to be funny. But I thought it was and laugh every time I hear the commercial. Maybe it’s working though. I do remember the ad.
I heard another ad recently for an urgent care facility. They said they could help you with your inconvenient medical emergencies. To me that implied there are convenient medical emergencies. And I guess they won’t help with those, just the inconvenient ones. I’m sure they were serious but I had to laugh.
While perusing the internet recently I read a couple comments that hit my funny bone. One was a person telling the world that he or she was “trapped on the escalator for hours… power went out.”
A curious reader asked, “Why didn’t you just walk down the escalator then?”
“Cause it stopped working,” came the reply.
“An escalator is just moving steps. Did you mean elevator?”
“No, an escalator.”
I was kind of speechless when I first read that. Then I just burst out laughing. Was that person trying to be funny or were they serious?
The other entry I read asked, “What is Obama’s last name? Does anybody know?”
These internet comments not only made me laugh they made me feel a whole lot smarter than I probably am. Laughing is fun and good. Hope something hits your funny bone today.
Linda Messmer may be reached at 812-448-8725