Tripping, Falling, and Other Fabulous Happenings

August 12, 2008

I'm usually a pretty nice person, but every now and again I can be a teensy bit insensitive. Not on purpose really--it's just that from time to time I laugh at the expense of my friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

You all know what I'm talking about. There are just certain, unfortunate things that happen to other people that also happen to be frigging hilarious.

For example: falling, slipping, tripping, and rednecks getting their fishin' poles stuck in the really high tree branches--and losing their balance when they try to unstick 'em.

Seriously folks, provided that no one is old or knocked-up or has sustained a serious injury, what could possibly be funnier than watching another person unexpectedly land on their rear?

Actually, I'll let you in on a little secret of mine. There is in fact something on this planet that I find far more amusing than the good old fashioned ker-splat.

Yesterday morning the crankiest, crabbiest, most most demanding member of my Board of Directors walked into our morning meeting in a major huff. Wearing her pants inside out.

It was awesome--pockets were flapping, her size-tag was exposed in all of its glory, and I had a bird's eye view of her poor, unfortunate seams just trying to hang on for dear life. With the exception of my wedding day, the birth of my child, and the grand opening of my neighborhood bakery, it was probably my favorite day in history.

So be honest here, what makes you laugh at the expense of other, innocent people? I'll open up anonymous comments--you know, to protect your identities and your no good, wretched souls.

20 comments:

Jodie said...

Oh my gosh...where's the picture you took from your phone? What no picture? You slacker.

Sarah said...

WoW. I have NO idea how a person could miss something like that when they're getting ready in the morning... ? That is hilarious!

I also have a very 'insensitive' sense of humour. However I'll do us both a favour and call it 'slapstick'... see how much more 'PC' is become when you call it that?!

Grandma said...

We have to be talking elastic waistband here,right? Otherwise, you have to be asleep when getting dressed or pretty talented at zipping inside out pants. I have worn shirts/pullover sweaters inside &/or backwards which always made Cathy's day:)

Minnie said...

I can promise you that my family will walk away from me in a public place when they see someone even trip, because inexplicabley, I laugh my head off.

(Ditto your nobody hurt seriously, old, or knocked up.)

heather of the EO said...

Just the other day my dear husband said, and I quote, "you love other people's expense jokes." Which made me laugh at him. Because I love other people's expense jokes, especially when they try to retort with a "saying" and get it all mixed up. Another time he said, "It's not brain rocketry," confusing both
It's not rocket science and
It's not brain surgery.
LOVED it.
I also love it when people sing the wrong lyrics out loud. Or start to sing at the wrong time in church.
I do have to say that my favorite is tripping. I'm giggling now just thinking of people's previous trips...

Cheryl said...

I want to know who had the guts to tell the poor woman that her pants were on inside out!? :-)

I have to admit, one time in a spinning class at the Y, the instructor decided to hop off her bike to adjust the music. Unfortunately, she forgot her feet were strapped in to the pedals, and she took a header onto the floor! I tried so hard not to laugh, but I'm afraid a guffaw did escape my lips. It was too funny!

runningmemaw said...

How on EARTH do you manage to get out of the house like that? I am totally amazed and sitting here laughing out loud, and mad that I don't have someone to share the mental image with!

Heather said...

The pants on inside out is a good one. I had a roommate who was the DEVIL and one night when we were on speaking terms, she sashayed out the house with a long vertical sticker on her brand new jeans proclaiming their size. I said, "Have a good night!" Mwa ha ha ha ha

Amy said...

One time when I was a teenager, my family invited a really old lady over for dinner. Come to think of it, I think she was a widow. Anyhow, She had pulled her sweater over her head and arms, but then hadn't taken that last step of pulling the bottom of the sweater over her boobs (which hung pretty low, as you can imagine). My siblings and I nearly had heart attacks trying not to laugh, and no one had the guts to tell her that her boobs (covered by her bra of course) were showing.

Amy said...

So I guess my sense of humor is even worse than yours, since I don't even bar old people from the hilarity.

Tanwon said...

While in my ballet class I was watching a girl next to me as we attempted a dance combination given by the guest professor. There was a particulary difficult step that required us to come back to an elevated position from a low balanced position near the ground with an odd center of gravity. The poor girl just swayed at the bottom of the step and I could see her whole body shake as she tried to muscle herself upward, but ended up just falling softly and even gracefully on her bum. I started snorting in the middle of the room and tried to pull it off as a cough.

Tanwon said...

P.S. This took place in front of an audience of peers and professors. And it wasn't the first time. Oh dang, I feel like such a jerk.

Megan said...

My poor dear old dad just said to my husband on the phone when talking about the olypmpics: Did you see Chin-er and Argenti-er play socc-ah? (Translation Did you see China and Argentina play soccer?) Sean tried to stiffle the snorts but I didn't. Sadly I don't think he knew why we were laughing.

chattypatra said...

When I was a young girl, we had a very nice old lady as a neighbor, whom we liked very much. Well, one Easter morning, she visited us on her way to Church, so we could see her cute new outfit. The moment she twirled for us, we realized she had left the tags on her dress and handbag. We all burst out laughing. She was such a good sport that she ended up laughing harder than any of us! She was grateful to find out before she walked into the Church. I don't think she would have laughed then!

Helen said...

Just two weeks ago my husband, son and I were at Costco. An old lady on an electric scooter threw it into gear and tried to cut me off in one of the aisles. She didn't come close to making the turn and SLAMMED into the big stack of boxes in the center aisle. Full speed. (Which is suprisingly fast by the way.) We were laughing so hard that we had to run to the next aisle in hopes that she wouldn't hear us.

Crabby McSlacker said...

The other day we were at a bike shop, and a harried mom kept telling her out of control brat... er... young son not to touch the bikes. He was about 4 or 5. Of course he kept doing it anyway, and she never really reprimanded him like she meant it, and you could tell he didn't give a shit what his mom thought anyway. It was all very annoying.

Then as we were leaving, the kid sees a bike outside he just can't resist and scoots on out and climbs on.

The bike was, alas, pointed down hill and he didn't know how to ride it.

No bleeding, nothing serious, but he cruised for about 10 yards and then went splat in the parking lot. Screamed and cried bloody murder.

Heh heh heh heh... Shoulda listened to your mom, eh sonny?

Is laughing at innocent young children in pain worse than laughing at humiliated old ladies? If so, I'm Evil. (I'm also childless, perhaps that explains it).

Amy said...

Crabby--I'd like to thank you for my favorite comment of the century. Although the Costco story and the sweater-boob story had me rolling!

Abra said...

absolutely hilarious! I coach swimming, and one day one of the 13 year old boys I coach was late for warmups. I asked him where he was and he said he'd gotten halfway down the deck when he realized his swim suit was on inside out! I'm glad he realized before he made it onto the blocks!

carrie said...

Unexpected and/or uncontrolled flatulence. You know, like when someone sneezes in a meeting.And something else sneaks out with it.

Or when someone at yoga lets one rip while trying to get into downward dog.I once had to leave a yoga session because the woman beside me was cutting the cheese every single time we moved and I couldn't stop laughing to save my life.

What's funnier that farting?

MoziEsmé said...

Poor woman! Nothing like those fabulous happenings to level the playing field . . .