Tag: Humor

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I have seen some posts on this venerable forum over the past year denying that systemic racism is real. Well, I know for a fact that those who deny systemic racism are mistaken. Systemic racism is indeed real, and here’s the proof: How else can you explain the decision of the Chicago Bears to trade-up […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 19th Nervous Breakdown (This Week): An Isolation Photo Journal, Round 2

 

Guess who ended up in English quarantine again? (For anyone that wasn’t around for the last time this happened, you can read/see the beginning of the saga right here).

Because I chose to visit my parents in Massachusetts for three weeks, I got to have a lovely, ten-day mandatory quarantine alone, in my dorm room/flat. In between all of the fun of completing graduate school applications and getting ready for the start of school on Monday (as well as painting, reading, contemplating escape, practicing harp, working on Hebrew, contemplating escape, workshopping recital routines, boxing practice, and contemplating escape), I took a few minutes each day to make a meme about my experiences in isolation for the PiT, through the medium of Keith Richards. So without further a-due, for your amusement ‘The 14 days of Quarantine: Keef Style, Part 2’:

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Representative Emanuel Cleaver ended his Congressional prayer by saying “Amen and awomen.”

Amen comes from the ancient Hebrew “āmán,” which means “so be it.” So, just for grins, what does “awoman” mean in ancient Hebrew? It could sound like the phrase “your mother is a tortoise, ” “my hovercraft is full of eels,” or something equally silly. It would be fun to find out.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. $4.5 Million for Bobcat Urine

 

In the latest spending offering from Congress, $4.5 million was included for bobcat urine to spray on alcoholic rats. Arizona gets that for free.

Now bobcat ranching is dangerous enough without trying to extract their urine. I’ll let you in on a little secret that Arizonans have known for a long time. Bobcats are mean before they get drunk, unlike elected officials.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. And Now for Something Completely Different: ‘Prison Break,’ Starring Michael ‘Hamster’ Scofield

 

Poor fellow. If only he were lucky enough to live in the People’s Republic of Seattle, he probably wouldn’t be serving time inside for his crimes in the first place. (Full disclosure: I’m not really a hamster person. But I’m in awe, both of the little guy’s bravery and determination, and of his owner’s care and creativity.)

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Joys of Rural Living: Water Filter Edition

 

I am so disgustingly pleased with myself that, were it any later than 10:30 a.m., I’d be pouring myself a drink and chilling out in the hot tub. (Oh dear. The little man who lives on my shoulder and repeatedly whispers into my ear–usually at very inopportune moments such as this–“Remember, thou art mortal,” has just pointed out to me that I don’t actually have a hot tub. Note to self: I need to get cracking on that very good idea I had (and mentioned at least glancingly in a post some years ago, I think), that I ought to be able to do something with the barn manure, an old stock tank, and the overflow from one of the rain-barrels, to remedy that problem).

Speaking of which, I read the other day that, in these restrictive days of lockdown, rich people who normally wouldn’t be caught dead chillin’ with Nous Deplorables in Tractor Supply or Rural King are buying stock tanks up in droves as accent pieces and ersatz “pools” for their patios and backyards. LOL. Levi had this figured out about a decade ago:

Colin Quinn (stand-up comic, actor, writer, Saturday Night Live alum) stops in to talk about his book Overstated – A Coast-to-Coast Roast of All 50 States, and he and Bridget manage to cover, the election, why Bridget should be a criminal profiler and write a book about U-Haul rentals, Colin’s plans for modern-day Constitutional Conventions, the fact that everybody’s crazy now and nobody seems to notice, and they compare psychic experiences (Colin’s involves OJ Simpson). They discuss how odd it is that our society has reached a place where people on the extreme left and right give people in the middle sh*t rather than vice versa, Colin’s elaborate plan to become best friends with Jeff Bezos, how he almost starred in Crocodile Dundee 2, why giving your opinion can be very expensive, and learning the meaning of the word “consequences.”

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Merry Month of May: Laughter on the World Wide Web

 

And isn’t there an awful lot of that pointless, incessant barking on the Internet? But there are some fierce sites, some magical sites, some hella informative sites (I’m immersed in one on the art and science of building beehives at the moment), and some that just make me laugh out loud. (Sometimes, I don’t think this effect is intentional.)

I always bookmark a site that cheers me up when I see it, or when someone passes a link along, and I certainly have my favorites. Perhaps I’ll mention some of them in the comments. Meanwhile, won’t you please share the sites that make you laugh, and tell us why? (Please try and keep it clean, or at least let people know what they’re in for if they follow a link-of-ill-repute.)

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I have a new COVID-19 update for you today. I write on May 17, 2020, using Johns Hopkins data (here) through yesterday, May 16. Reported daily deaths continue to decline, in both the US and Western Europe. The decline was faster than I expected this week. Using a 7-day moving average, the US peaked at […]

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Scene: A Sunny Spring Day. A gathering of peaceful anti-lockdown protesters, carrying signs and shouting slogans, demonstrates on the steps of a state capitol building. The ghosts of John Adams and James Madison, curious to see how their American experiment is doing these days, have taken a brief road trip from Heaven to check things […]

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There is planned, skillful comedy, including parody, and then there are instances of art gone painfully wrong, so wrong it passes from a bit embarrassing to howlingly funny. Or, at least it is mildly amusing. Your mirth milage may vary. Start with a talented quartet from England, who came to dominate the globe musically, even […]

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So smile for a while and let’s be jollyLove shouldn’t be so melancholyCome along and share the good times while we can — Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden” There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, managed by @vectorman. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Won!

 

Yesterday he thought he could sneak into my office without detection. He had no idea what he was up against. Although I lost him temporarily, I knew he’d be back. They just can’t stay away.

Sure enough, there he was this morning! He wasn’t going anywhere on my watch. Frantically I threw everything off the lower shelf of my bookcase. There! I lurched at him with a towel, but to no avail. But I was determined. I decided I’d have to catch him with my bare hands.