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Thursday, May 29, 2014


Whether overheard in a crowded restaurant, punctuating the enthusiastic chatter of friends,

or as the noisy guffaws on a TV laugh track, laughter is a fundamental part of everyday life

An old Yiddish proverb says,

"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."

Everyone knows that laughter makes you feel good and puts you in high spirits,

but did you also know that laughter actually causes physiological responses

 that protect the body from disease and help your vital organs repair themselves?

Here is some medicine that won't taste bad: 

“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.”
― Robert Frost

Teacher: "Anyone who thinks he's stupid may stand up!"

*Nobody stands up*

Teacher: "Im sure there are some stupid students over here!!"

*Little Johnny stands up*

Teacher: "Ohh, Johnny you think you're stupid?"

Little Johnny: "No... i just feel bad that you're standing all alone..."

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.

I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

When I see lovers' names carved in a tree, I don't think its cute. I just think it's crazy how many people bring knives on a date.

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ― Mark Twain

What did the Zen Buddist say to the hotdog vendor?
Make me one with everything.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale  

A Roman Centurian walks into a bar,  holds up two fingers, and says:  “Five beers, please.”

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
- Victor Borge

Two cannibals eating a clown, one turned to the other and said: ‘does this taste funny to you?’

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
- Mark Twain
Texan: "Where are you from?"
Harvard Graduate: "I come from a place where we do not end sentences with prepositions."
Texan: "Okay— where are you from, jackass?"

What are some of your favorite jokes?
What do you watch to make you laugh?
Who is your favorite jokester?   
-- Obama doesn't count.


  1. Laughter is an essential in my world. Sometimes black, often warped, but always present.
    We have a new health crisis looming, and it will be laughter that gets me though it.
    Two favourites follow.
    What is red and invisible?
    Bloody nothing.
    What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
    (Commonly the answer is time to get a new fence. I much prefer this version.)
    It is half past three - but sometimes the elephants are running late and it could be close to four.

  2. Elephant's Child:
    I love your two jokes. I am facing cancer surgery on my left ear so I may end up with Van Gogh's ear for music!

    I will be praying for your health crisis each day.

  3. I wish you would quit surprising us Roland. You could email if you wanted to discuss. Otherwise, I'll be crossing my fingers. Is the surgery soon?

  4. I hope your surgery goes well. I will be sending good wishes through the ether to you. My partner (still healing from the latest abdominal surgery) has a growth on his jaw bone. We are still waiting to see what it is - and what the prognosis/treatment might be. He really doesn't need this - but no-one does.

  5. Hi Roland .. more surgery - what a great nuisance and smiling with you is the way to go ... I love the quotes and stories you've given us ..

    Repartee is good .. and I enjoy turning things to laughter ... oh dear Van Gogh's ear for music - Roland some black humour .. however I sure hope this op is quick, easy and solves that problem ..

    Laughter is the best medicine, smile and the world smiles with you ... actually the rest of the world could do with a lot of that ..

    With thoughts - cheers Hilary

  6. Life is humorless... we need to change it from the salt to the sugar. I know that I added the wrong to my coffee, the day did not start off funny.

    Drum rim shot!


  7. I was trying to think of a quick joke that would fit in a comment, then I saw your first commenter brought up elephants so I've got this one.

    Why did the elephant sit on the marshmellow?

    He didn't want to fall into the hot chocolate.

    And for watching? Ellen works fine for me.

  8. Since I'm on my iPhone, I didn't get to see the video clip. But the cannibals eating a clown was funny.

  9. Well this certainly made me laugh: When I see lovers' names carved in a tree, I don't think its cute. I just think it's crazy how many people bring knives on a date.

    Brilliant! Fun post, Roland :)

  10. Why don't Baptists make love standing up?

    It could lead to dancing.


  11. Janie:
    Loved the joke. :-)

    I thought I would share smiles and laughs with this one!

    Gotta love those clown eating cannibals! :-)

    Ellen works fine for me, too, and I loved your elephant joke. :-)

    Yes, I wanted to leaven the salt of life with a little sugar!!

    Time for some laughter to counter-balance the grimness I thought!!

    Elephant's Child:
    I will pray for your significant other -- Life doesn't ask for permission, does it? :-(

    I am working alone with that nasty tempered lab tech again this weekend. Cross your fingers for me! Thanks for the nice email. It helped, but I just dragged in, and my eyelids are lead!!!!