Humor Is Serious Business

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No matter how dangerous the situation that confronted his army, Hannibal wanted the troops to see their commanders in good spirits; so when he conferred with his officers, he made a point of treating them to witticisms that got them laughing–and it was very good for everyone’s morale. Like, “How bad can it be, when General Cummerbund is yucking it up like that?”

Thousands of non-existent readers have been asking me, “Why don’t you do nooze on Sunday? Why all the silly stuff?” (What? Oy, Rodney is silly?)

Well, look: there are people out there–those swabs in Davos, the vultures on Capitol Hill, the hyenas in the media–who’d like nothing better than to see us hiding under our bedsheets and trembling for dread of them. As if we had no God!

I am sure the very last thing they want to see and hear from us is laughter. It means we’re either laughing at them–which of course we are, sometimes–or just plain ignoring them as we laugh at something else. Either way it winds up looking like they haven’t scared us.

It’s wise advice for Christians to sing louder. It’s also wise, I think, for us to laugh from time to time.

At the very least, blow the Left a big wet raspberry.

8 comments on “Humor Is Serious Business

  1. Yes, good idea, along with looking for every opportunity to witness the truth of God. This world so desperately needs to know.

  2. Amen to that, brother!

    And now I must go give Iggy his lunch. If he likes it, maybe he’ll let me make some lunch for myself as well.

    1. Robbie has stopped eating half a dozen different foods she ate for years, and only wants the same thing all the time. It kind of frosts me. Why do cats do that?

    2. Never fear, as soon as you stock up fully on the flavor she likes so much, she’ll decide she hates it. All my cats have done that. It’s hard to outguess them.

  3. For years I have kept a file of jokes, cartoons, and humorous stories. I add to it every once in a while, and sometimes I look through it, and still smile at some of the stories, like these.

    A man left work one Friday afternoon. But instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend, fishing with the boys and spending his entire paycheck. When he finally appeared at home, Sunday night, he was confronted by his very angry wife and was barraged for nearly 2 hours with a tirade about his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and simply said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for 2 or 3 days?”

    To which he replied, “That would be fine with me.”

    Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went and he didn’t see her. On Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.
    Edgar, a father of nine, reflected on how he had mellowed over the years: “When the firstborn coughed or sneezed, I called the ambulance. When the last one swallowed a dime, I just told him it was coming out of his allowance.”
    Farmer Joe was suing a trucking company for injuries sustained in an accident. In court, the company’s fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe. “Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, “I’m fine?” asked the lawyer.

    Farmer Joe responded, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened, I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into the…”

    “I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted. “Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, “I’m fine’?”

    Farmer Joe continued, “Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road…”
    The lawyer interrupted again and said, “Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine. Now, several months after the accident, he is suing my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.”

    But the judge was interested in Farmer Joe’s story and said to the lawyer, I’d like to hear what he has to say about his mule, Bessie.

    Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded. “Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident, a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the patrolman came across the road with his gun still in his hand and looked at me. He said, “Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?”

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