What Makes Us Laugh?

Depends on where you’re from


They say that laughter is universal. That laughter exists innately in every race and in every culture. Physically tickle a baby anywhere in the world and that baby laughs, even before that baby has learned to speak. Other primate species laugh when physically tickled.

1981_People_PixBut that’s the primate response to physical tickling, to play, which builds social bonds. Homo sapiens has the unique ability to laugh at thoughts, words, and scenes. Where does that come from? And is it as universal as the laughter from physical tickling, from play?

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The Eighth Deadly Sin

As if seven weren’t enough

There’s an Eighth Deadly Sin now? Holy cow, why didn’t somebody tell me about this? Oh man, I’m in deep kimchi now. It was hard enough getting rid of the other seven, now you’re telling me I’ve got one I don’t even know about? Think, think, think, what am I gonna do! Oh, I’m well and truly in trouble now!

Hieronymus_Bosch-_The_Seven_Deadly_Sins_and_the_Four_Last_ThingsWhat’s that? Oh, there’s not really one? I get to make it up? Phew, what a relief! I’ll bet Hieronymus Bosch is relieved to, that he didn’t miss one in the painting he did back then.

Man, you really had me going there for a minute. I gotta sit down for a minute, let my heart rate go down. The Gates of Hell just flashed before my eyes! Old Beelzebub had a one-way ticket with my name on it!

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Saturday Night’s Alright

Get a little action in

So the wonderful folks at the Daily Post want to know about my last big night out. Don’t they realize what a dull thud I am? I think that would be like an ancient history lesson. I don’t have big nights out anymore because what used to take hours to recover from now takes a week to recover from.

320px-Flickr_-_FXR_-_Cut_Copy_(Fans)Although, I must admit, I did go to a friend’s house a few Saturday nights ago and watched some movies. And I stayed out until 11:00! That’s right, 11:00 PM! I was shot all day Sunday. Never made it past the couch. Thank God for Hotpockets or I would have starved, because I wasn’t to be trusted with the instruments required to cook a regular meal.

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Some of my favorite quotes

Oh gosh! I do love me some quotes! Today the Daily Prompt from the folks at the Daily Post asked me if I “have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”

Comício_republicano_(1908-06-28),_à_esquerda_do_orador,_Eusébio_LeãoBut, I have so many, so I thought I would share a few of them, along with what moves me about them. Many are somewhat (somewhat!) political in nature (I was doing a little political writing at the time I collected them), and I don’t want this to devolve into political pie fight, so the political ones I may just explain the politics at the time the author made the quote and let you draw your own conclusions.

So, here we go, with rudyblues’ Quote-a-Palooza! Oh, btw, the quotes revealed and the opinions expressed are those of the authors and in no way reflect badly on me, WordPress, or anyone else. Come on, it’s just for fun. Lighten up!

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The Day the Computers Died

The future as the past

I remember the day the computers died. It started out like any other day. My smart phone woke me at the appointed hour. I picked it up and looked through the Tweets and Instagrams and posts and comments that had come in while I was sleeping.

Kept seeing this one tweet that got retweeted over and over about HEMP, but I figured it was Colorado bragging about legalizing pot, so I didn’t pay any attention to them. I went downstairs and used the IoT app on my smart phone to tell the Kuerig machine to make me some coffee.

320px-Castle_Bravo_BlastI checked the home command center to see if anything had happened to any of the home appliances or systems while I was sleeping. The only thing that was there was the refrigerator telling me that the milk was past its date. I told the refrigerator to tell the smart phone to put it on the order for Pea Pod.

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My advice to bloggers everywhere

Words to blog by

My favorite bit about that is attributed (on Google) to guru Sai Baba:

“Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?”

If we could all just remember this …

Before you publish a post, reread your post, and ask yourself these questions. Before you send that comment, reread your comment, and ask yourself these questions.

If the answer is ever anything but an unequivocal “Yes”, then choose silence.

Key Takeaway

Positive Optimism and Resourcefulness

The MacGyver gene

The Daily Prompt from the folks at the Daily Post asked me to tell them “about a time you used an object or resolved a tricky situation in an unorthodox way.” But I was confused. They wanted me to tell them about being resourceful, which I define as successfully using objects or methods for other than their intended purposes. But they tied it to the proverbial phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This phrase is about being optimistic and positive in the face of adversity or misfortune.

Marshall P. Wilder – World’s First Lemonade Salesman

So I pondered a little on the relationship between resourcefulness, optimism, and positive mental attitude, and whether all three had ever been present at the same time in any situation I had encountered. Had I ever found myself in a pickle, where I suddenly became optimistic and positive, and then resourcefully used an object or a method in a way that no one ever imagined?

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