( Photo by Valery Tavasiev )
Here’s to the men! Since Adam’s time
They’ve always been the same;
Whenever anything goes wrong,
The woman is to blame.
From early morn to late at night,
The men fault-finders are;
They blame us if they oversleep,
Or if they miss a car.
They blame us if, beneath the bed,
Their collar buttons roll;
They blame us if the fire is out
Or if there is no coal.
They blame us if they cut themselves
While shaving, and they swear
That we’re to blame if they decide
To go upon a tear.
Here’s to the men, the perfect men!
Who never are at fault;
They blame us if they chance to get
The pepper for the salt.
They blame us if their business fails,
Or back a losing horse;
And when it rains on holidays
The fault is ours, of course.
They blame us when they fall in love,
And when they married get;
Likewise they blame us when they’re sick,
And when they fall in debt.
For everything that crisscross goes
They say we are to blame;
But, after all, here’s to the men,
We love them just the same!
by Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
( Photo by eduard z )
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( ‘Laughter’ by Eugeny Kozhevnikov )
Build for yourself a strong box
Fashion each part with care
When its as strong as your hand can make it
Put all your troubles there.
Hide there all thought of your failures
And each bitter cup that you quaff
Lock all your heartaches within it
Then sit on the lid and laugh.
Tell no one else its contents
Never its secrets tell
When you’ve dropped in your care and worry
Keep them forever there.
Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strong box securely
Then sit on the lid and laugh.
by Bertha Adams Backus
Have a good Thursday giggle and enjoy your week.
from Hippie Peace Freaks
“And all the chocolate too”, as my 91 year old grandma would add. Admire her very well preserved sense of humour. She always makes me giggling with her jokes, especially when it comes to her not-so-healthy by current standards diet 🙂
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.”
Find your groove:
From Funny Chix
Dance like if no one is watching:
From Hippie Peace Freaks
Dance for a change:
From Massive Attack
Dance for love:
Dance for fitness and fun:
Last week royal prank DJ Michael Christian has been given an award in an internal competition that recognizes his company’s “best in the land”. He was awarded a trip to Los Angeles as part of his prize.
Although Christian and fellow DJ Mel Greig have been linked to the suicide of a nurse after making a prank call to a London hospital, the folks at Southern Cross Austereo think he’s one of the best employees they have. If he is the best employee they have, one can only wonder about their worst or even average ones. It looks like that prank – the act of colossal bad taste, insensitivity and arrogance – was no fluke after all.
Australian disc jockey Michael Christian told an interviewer that “Prank calls are made every day on every radio station in every country around the world, and they have been for a long time, and no one could have imagined this to happen.”
He was talking about the suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse who was on the receiving end of a prank call he made with co-host Mel Greig. Saldanha felt so humiliated by falling for the ruse that she took her own life.
Is humiliating and degrading others a laughing matter? Or are there other ways of ‘entertaining’ audience without inflicting unnecessary harm to others?
As Bruce Weinstein points out, the ethical principle at the heart of that matter is simple: Do No Harm. We associate this principle with health care professionals, and rightly so: We’d like our physicians to make us better. But at the very least, we can expect that they won’t make us worse. Yet Do No Harm applies not just to health care providers but to everyone else. Although prank calls are part of radio programs around the world, the public still has a right to demand that media professionals avoid doing or saying things that would cause others to feel humiliated or degraded. Therefore letting the person who took the call know that the whole thing was a joke is a common practice with prank calls.
There are lots of good entertainment shows that ‘do no harm’. Let’s take as an example Ellen Degeneres – one of my favourite comedians. Every day Ellen ends her show with thanking her guests and then saying “Be kind to one another, bye”. So entertainment shows can by kind as well as fun after all. I wish one day entertainment industry all over the world adopts “do no harm” principle in their work and starts rewarding and encouraging ‘kind fun’, that spreads kindness and compassion. Let’s be kind with our laughter.
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
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Plato hated it, the Bible discouraged it and psychologists once thought it would drive you insane. When Albert realises he has forgotten how to laugh, he embarks upon a global investigation into this mysterious physical phenomenon, spanning neuroscientists, holy laughter groups and the man with the most contagious laugh in the world….
A few examples of laughology in action are provided below. Hope they will make you laugh 🙂