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Published: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:19:16 -0500


Personifying Doors

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:55:26 -0500

What if doors are personified? What if they become alive, what if all non-living things, at some point are able to express their feelings. In this attempt to make objects alive, here's one article to personify doors. Take a look at how doors feel and what they have to say in this abstract attempt.

This Will Make You Blush

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:51:48 -0500

Recently, I was looking for books on actress and singer Eartha Kitt at my local library and discovered myself. You know, my birthday is soon and youthfulness really is in the head and in the spirit, not in great looks of the body. Age is just a number, and what others think of you cannot matter because before a certain age if they live that long, they do not even know what they are thinking themselves.

God's Tenth Avatar: Latest Incarnation of God on Earth to Weed Out Evil and Protect Virtuous

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:32:21 -0600

Ramayana and Mahabharata, the two great epics of India are describing two incarnations of the Almighty. In Ramayana, God took the avatar as Rama and established various virtues on Earth like Truth, Chastity, Honesty and good rule, whereas in Mahabharata, He was born as Krishna and taught Bhagavad Gita which is considered the fifth Veda. He assured that, in every Mega Age (Yug) He would take the avatar on Earth to annihilate the evil, punish the guilty beings and to protect the righteous and establish Dharma. In other word in every age, he would set right the disorder and establish order. This age is known as 'Kalyug' (dark age). The disorder is at its peak. It is high time the Lord take Kalki avatar as assured by Him and restore order. Hence God comes to the Earth for doing His duty. But what is the result? This story depicts in a humorous way the problems God Himself will face should he come to Earth. This story is fully a political satire and not to hurt the religious sentiments of people belonging to any religion whatsoever.

The Talking Dwarf in Our Variety Show Program

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:54:37 -0600

It was a long hot summer vacation and school was closed for all of us. We tried to pass the days as spiritedly as we could until we got bored. And then all of a sudden, the Eureka moment struck us! What was it? Look inside to find out.

Not To The Death, But, To The Pain

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 08:38:35 -0600

Before I really, really, really begin this article, I would just like to say that I got the title from that line in The Princess Bride movie written by William Golding when Wesley the farm boy bluffed Prince Humperdinck into running away from him in fear in a moment of total physical weakness on the part of Wesley, the heroic farm boy. Man, oh man, true love is a funny thing!

The Talking Water Heater

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:27:08 -0600

One wintry day in Chicago, Sam Warm undressed to take a shower. He turned the shower knob to the left to heat the water. As the water gushed out, it felt lukewarm, but, a minute later it turned cold.

Well Done, Senor!

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:09:18 -0600

Without much of a protesting mind I obliged him, and to my luck one of the seats on the last rows just got empty. Instinctively I kept on watching the senior citizen as I sat down on my new address. More surprise was in store...

Satiric Verses in Sanskrit Language

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:54:38 -0600

In Sanskrit literature we find hundreds of satiric verses in the great works of poets for the past many centuries. We have one whole work of the great poet Nilakantha Dikshita titled KaliVidambana containing 100 satiric verses in Sanskrit. In Kalividambana we may enjoy the satiric verses on various social characters in the family and outside, as well as quacks, doctors, poetasters, astrologers etc.

The Cinderella Drama Comedy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:11:24 -0600

During our childhood while we were at school, we had cultural shows where singing, dancing, drama and speech were performed by the school students. Among many such programs that took place in that school, one drama actually speaks out to me at the moment and gives me the belly-aching laugh. Look inside to find out what it was about.

The Woolly Bear

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:20:37 -0600

Sometimes we hear about predictive powers of natural objects and critters. Some of this traces back to pagan beliefs, some is pure humor, and there are some facts in there too. Before there were computers and academically trained experts, people turned to folklore to predict weather and other events.

Mama Gets in Line

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:56:48 -0500

Mama rarely stayed in line in the traditional sense of the word. But on one occasion, she just had to get in line for major shenanigans.

A Drawl

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:23:11 -0500

Do you judge people by what they say, or by how they say it? You may not understand that the articulation of speech varies in differing regions. Or, perhaps you have confused speech with a drawl.

The Psychology of Humor

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:00:11 -0500

On why humor is about power, control and the balance of intellect and emotions In ancient times, humor or comic was strictly censored. In places like Greece and Egypt, jokes were even forbidden in social situations. Considering the almost taboo nature of humor, it's hardly surprising that humor never received particular attention from ancient scholars.

There's a Zoo in the Basement

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:42:20 -0500

Children of the fifties and sixties spent countless hours, mostly outside, pretending to be their television heroes. What could be better than being a cowboy or Sky King or Superman? Having a zoo in your basement!

Mama Helps Buy a Hat

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:10:26 -0500

Mama was happy to help her brother buy Granddaddy a new hat. She didn't expect to crawl out of the store.

Mama Gets Her Comeuppance

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:13:04 -0500

Mama usually got the last word in on just about every conversation. But there was one rare occasion when the kitchen table she ruled turned on her.

Boris Johnson's New Points Based Immigration System Revealed

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:05:18 -0500

For many years Boris Johnson has been advocating for an Australian style points based Immigration system for the UK to tightly control the numbers of migrants entering the UK. During this time Boris has also been in the press, or written articles, which have strongly hinted at how this points-based system would work.

Bantu The Diamond Prospect From Bantuland

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:13:40 -0500

The article is meant to showcase the trials and tribulations of writers in a lighter vein, and put a smile on the faces of the readers, who have given us an opportunity to demonstrate our talents, or a lack thereof. Folks you rock!

The Power of Three: A Sure-Fire Strategy to Add Humor to Your Speeches

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:19:12 -0500

Laughter is caused when a smile has an orgasm. Adding appropriate laughter and humor to your speeches will reduce the tension between you and your audience, allowing you to be perceived as intelligent, personable and approachable. Humor can even be used to cultivate trust between you and your audience!

Mama Gets the Last Word

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:56:34 -0500

Mama would do all kinds of things around the family just to have fun. But out in public, we were supposed to behave and be dignified. Wow into us kids if we weren't!

Mama and Her Magic Teeth

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:01:00 -0500

Most young women would be upset to lose all their teeth at a young age. Not Mama. Her replacements were far superior to the originals. She quickly put her Polident smile to good use,. They weren't just good for chewing.

When You Can't Stop Laughing at the Most Inappropriate Times

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:21:59 -0500

You have no control over it. There are just certain occasions when, if something strikes you as funny, you're in trouble. Your whole body demands laughter. The problem is, you have to hide it the best you can. Most likely, you're suffering from ILS. Is there a cure?

The Night the Bed Almost Fell (With Apologies to James Thurber)

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:26:04 -0500

In the rural areas of my childhood, quite a few of my relatives still farmed. They lived in old but picturesque homesteads, surrounded by crops, outbuildings, and farm animals. Modern conveniences crept in slowly. Sometimes, getting used to them led to confusion and laughter.

Do Seniors Appreciate a Good Laugh?

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:23:43 -0500

Do seniors have a sense of humor? Yes and No! No, if you have children who badger you endlessly to buy them the latest in personal electronic instruments, i.e., iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. Yes, but in ways younger people cannot understand or misinterpret.

The Coaching Mills of Bandigarh

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:45:53 -0500

The article is written, in a lighter vein, regarding the system of education, in which the parents turn up every year, to a remote town in India, along with their kids, braving temperatures of fifty degrees Celcius. The town teeming with Engineering and Medical Entrance Exam coaching institutes, bears witness to the trials and tribulations undergone by the kids, most of whom do not make it. If only they were allowed to pursue their interests, the world would be so much more a better place for them, and the society they live in.

A Funny Thing You Haven't Seen

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:22:09 -0500

Can the mind truly see what's not there? The mind can indeed see what your eyeballs clearly see and transfer the image seen to your brain that makes a fuzzy something. But what about what you imagine from what I'm typing? Are you seeing the words or are you seeing a creation that's just not there?

Dad Died

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 07:35:27 -0500

My Dad died and the Sheriff's Office explained that the pot-belled stove that Dad used to heat the old house got too hot and blew up, causing a fire in the front room. His bedroom door was about ten feet from the stove. When the stove blew it woke Dad. He must have immediately jumped up and tried to run to the back kitchen door to escape the searing heat.

The Feline Favour!

Tue, 31 May 2016 10:39:44 -0500

Any possibility of getting a lift was thus ruled out. My tension was genuine because my septuagenarian mother was with me and to make her walk nearly a mile was never a bright idea...

What If Nigeria Wins the World Cup?

Thu, 19 May 2016 12:36:33 -0500

Nigeria's Super Eagles have never won the World Cup and nobody has ever tipped them to achieve such a grand feat. But what if the tides change and the trophy is won? This article explores events that could unfold owing to this.

What If There Are No Comedy Movies?

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:07:52 -0500

This piece explores the idea of a world where there are no comical dramatizations. The author maintains that such a world would be flawed and virtually uninteresting. Read more to see how he supports his claims.

Practicing Your Stand-Up Comedy Routine On Stage

Thu, 12 May 2016 13:23:52 -0500

There are many opportunities to practice your stand-up comedy on stage. This article discusses several of the ways and places to hone your stand-up comedy skills. Showcase Clubs These are unpaid, but they have space for you to get stage time.

Improving Your Stand Up Comedy Act

Thu, 12 May 2016 13:03:10 -0500

Get Stage Time The best education you can have as a beginning comedian is on the stage. This book is sharing several strategies and techniques with you, but the only way to truly learn how to be funny is to get stage time. You need to stop waiting for the right time and just get out there now.

Improving Your Stand-Up Comedy

Thu, 12 May 2016 13:02:05 -0500

Rearranging Your Routine - You may need to rearrange your routine for several reasons including writing new material, improving jokes, removing jokes, and how your jokes rank. Or you may want to use a joke that has been in your file for a while. When you include new or rewritten jokes, you will have to rearrange your routing.

Improving Your Stand Up Comedy Routine

Thu, 12 May 2016 13:00:32 -0500

Rewriting Your Jokes Reworking and rephrasing should also be included as part of rewriting your jokes. Do not confuse this with rearranging your show, which is for reworking your show. They do go hand in hand, but they are separate tasks.

NS Krishnan - The Man Who Revolutionized The South Indians Through Comedy

Mon, 09 May 2016 12:00:23 -0500

In most western movies, comedy is just laughter. Witty dialogues and slapstick genre seemed to be the preferred choice. But, in NS Krishnan (NSK), the Tamil film industry in South India was gifted with a man who was far-sighted, way beyond his contemporaries at that time. NSK was a genius incorporating social reform messages to school the masses from being continuously shackled by orthodoxy and superstition.

The Campaign to Elect Hooves As President

Mon, 09 May 2016 07:52:00 -0500

The election of president had always been the preserved domain of the insiders, the establishment figures. No, this was not the election of the US President in 2016, but the election of the president of the Southampton University Students' Union in 1959. The Students' Union, and all student politics, had been left in the past to the social economists and students of the Faculty of Art. Engineers were much too involved with their studies and renovating an old bus, affectionately known as the Toast-Rack, for a summer trip to Spain, to be even aware that an election was taking place. But that year they were somehow alerted, and the engineers planned a campaign to challenge the establishment with a candidate who was a complete outsider with no knowledge or experience of student politics.

Simon Stanley Seymour the Tenacious Backyard Squirrel

Fri, 06 May 2016 10:10:07 -0500

If you have watched squirrels for any amount of time you know they do things humans can't believe. Here are three short stories about Simon Stanley Seymour our tenacious backyard squirrel.

The Donation Box Collector!

Thu, 05 May 2016 07:34:13 -0500

The film producer had an urgent chat with his wife just before breakfast. The maid noticed it and claimed the credit for the breaking part of that piece of news to the rest of house staff. However, to the disappointment of many she did not have a clue as to what transpired between them...

What If the End of the World Is Today?

Tue, 03 May 2016 12:57:23 -0500

If you have never fully understood the meaning of panic you will when all world news headlines are reporting the end of the world, albeit with different strings of words. It would be so interesting to watch how people react - especially those of you who just hate the idea of death as if it is not an integral and inevitable aspect of life. All I can say is, (with a sinister voice) brace yourselves, it is coming.

How Can You Add Humor to Your Life?

Mon, 02 May 2016 06:39:49 -0500

How would you rate your sense of humor on a 1-10 scale rating, with 10 being the maximum rating? If it's near 10, you don't need to read this article. On the other hand, if it's midway or near "1" rating, you had better look inside!!

The Strange Prince Phillip Movement

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:07:26 -0500

This article is about a strange tribe of primitive people on a South Pacific island who believe Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh is a god. Please read to learn how this cult is known as the "Prince Phillip Movement."

How To Tell A Joke Like A Pro

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30:03 -0500

Telling a great joke is not hard. Here's how to make it easy to make a big hit with anyone or at a party, or with a first impression as long as you practice first.

Laughing Through Stress - What Are The Resources Available To You

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:49:41 -0500

Have you ever wondered why people love movies in the comedy genre more than anything else? It is because we all love to laugh. Laughter is a natural emotion that is the favorite of almost every individual; even of those who may appear the most grumpiest outwardly. If only there was a resource that could provide us our quote of daily jokes, our life would have been less stressful and more cheerful.

Can Fire-Breathing Monsters Help The Navy?

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:05:48 -0500

Patron Saint, George, and Prime Minister, Merlin, had tried to speed up the seasoning of timber by using fire-breathing monsters but the result had been the loss of material for two warships. First Sea Lord, Sir Salty Biscuit, called an urgent conference and came to Greenwich to take the chair. He was joined by George and Merlin, technical expert, Dr Knotty Wood, and George's man, Jack.

A Tax Man Pretends To Be The Patron Saint

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:49:54 -0500

Peter Paye of His Majesty's Revenue and Customs was wearing George's armour, pretending to be the patron saint. With George's man, Jack, he was in the headquarters of the secret service trying to discover the fate of one hundred golden coins provided for George's recent mission to Scotland. They were ushered into Jim Barton's office, and prompted by Jack, Peter managed to greet the senior spy as if he knew him. 'Good to see you Jim,' Peter said, 'I hope I'll also have a chance to see Dick.'

Community Service For A Grumpy Green In A Monster Menagerie

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:38:19 -0500

Lord Justice Burns, had sentenced the perpetrator of the Windermere fish famine, Nancy Benn, to three years' community service in George's monster menagerie, and while George slept through an armour-off week, his man, Jack, was trying to find a room in which Nancy could stay. George's ancient dilapidated castle had few habitable rooms, and apart from George's and Jack's own rooms, all available space was filled with tools and equipment needed to support the growing population of megafauna.

The Secret of Wealth: Investigation

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:44:58 -0500

The story is a spin-off to one of our childhood saga. Once upon a time, there was a man in a village. He owned a chicken that gave him a golden egg every few days. One day he turns greedy and cuts the chicken. He hopes to retrieve all eggs at once but he finds nothing! What if this is not what really happened? What if the man turns unbearably rich? From the eyes of a sleuth, enjoy this hilarious twist in the tale!

Not A Real Witch, Just A Grumpy Green

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:04:36 -0500

Saint George and his man, Jack, had been looking for a straying Windermere Winnie that they had enticed out of the great lake and were taking back to their menagerie in Gloucestershire. When they found the delinquent monster, it appeared to have returned to a remote farm where it had been raised from an egg, so they moved closer to see if this activity was still in progress. A woman could be seen moving between the farm buildings. 'I knew I recognised that woman,' said George, 'it's the one they accused of being a witch, Nancy Benn.'

George Compensates Fishermen For Monster Trouble

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:04:13 -0500

Prime minister, Merlin, had authorised George to compensate all the fishermen who had lost their livelihood because of the monster that George had removed from Lake Windermere. 'How do we know a genuine fisherman?' George asked Jack. 'Well, to start with,' said Jack, 'doesn't a fisherman need a boat as well as nets and other gear?' 'Yes,' said George, 'we must start by making a survey of the harbours on the lakeside and draw up a register of fishing boats and their crews.'

What Did You Just Say? Common Teenage Slang Used Today

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:00:17 -0500

Having trouble with what your teen says? Here is a quick-start to understanding today's slang.

Saint George On A Mission To Wales

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:00:52 -0500

George, Merlin and Jack were on a mission for King Freddie in Wales. One of his castles was reported to have suffered severe damage from subsidence. Although on Merlin's advice, Freddie had appointed the former patron saint, Cuthbert, as minister for subsidence, he had little confidence in him, and had sent the prime minister and incumbent patron saint to ensure the matter received proper attention.

King Freddie Loses One of His Castles

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:30:24 -0500

Cuthbert had been patron saint of England before George took over and King Freddie was anxious to find another job for his old friend. This wasn't easy, because Cuthbert had been a disaster in everything he had tried. Freddie had even persuaded him to apply for the job of coaching the French National Jousting Team, pointing out that he could render England no greater service. However, wily old Pierre, king of nearly all of France, was too shrewd to be taken in by this ploy and declined the offer. So Freddie was left wondering what to do with his friend while continuing to suffer the help of Merlin the Whirlin and George.

Can The Patron Saint Be Paid An Extra Sixpence A Week?

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:29:49 -0500

King Freddie was worried about the patron saint. George was claiming an extra sixpence a week for having successfully undertaken a mission in Scotland when King Duncan had demanded the return of his sporran. 'He says you promised to raise the matter in parliament,' Freddie said to Prime Minister Merlin. 'I would like to,' said Merlin, 'but first George must account for that bag of golden sovereigns he took with him.' 'How much did he bring back?' 'Nothing! He says he ran out of money in Bowness, near Lake Windermere, and we had to arrange for an emergency payment of his salary from the local treasury.'

Look At The Brighter Side Of Life - Get Instant Relief With The Funniest Jokes

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:37:34 -0600

Humor is to the soul what oxygen is to the body. Laughter can keep your spirits high and despite this being common knowledge, do people really make any attempt to remain cheerful? Not really, and you cannot blame them for it because life keeps throwing challenges of various kinds at them.

The Meaning Is Obfuscated

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 06:16:49 -0600

Use big words in your speech, and you will be a big man. Or, perhaps, impart a thought in your talk and use confusing words in order to mask the meaning of what you say. Best of all, reveal your higher level of education by using complicated words in order to drive your audience to the dictionary.

Humor: Yeah, That's the Best Part of Life

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:04:43 -0600

Humor keeps the rhythm of our lives flowing. Without humor, there is no life. Yet, where there is humor, there is happiness, fun, contentment and joy. In this article I show how humor can be the best part of life.

Did You Know The Government Controls The Weather?

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:23:45 -0600

My crazy adventures led me to have an interesting conversation with a woman on the plane ride home from California. While I don't believe in aliens, it was interesting to listen to someone who does...

Soup to Nuts

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:39:54 -0600

Few people feel comfortable when they are out of their element. Dining among people who are members of a social structure that is better educated and wealthy comes to mind. Commonly, folks will account for their experience with a baser description.

Crop Rotation

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:41:10 -0600

Think you understand crop rotation? I never did. Every teacher told about different crops to rotate when, and why. Cripes, make up my mind, will you! This recently found interview with Thomas Jefferson might shed some light.

The Art Of Telling Jokes - Do You Have It In You?

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:48:44 -0600

Making boring and insipid situations funny and lively comes easily to some people. It is as if they are born with an in-born talent to make people laugh and lighten dreary and lackluster atmosphere. Are you blessed with such a talent? Do you tend to crack jokes at the drop of a hat? Are you the most sought-after guy in the gang? Are your heaven and hell jokes the life of parties? Undoubtedly, you are a rare breed because the ability to make people laugh and cheer them up in boring times is an extraordinary ability that only a select few have.

Q & A With Time

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:28:04 -0600

A brief Q&A session with 'Time'. The first ever interaction with time itself and comprehending some unexplained aspects of life.

George Seeks The Help Of A Grumpy Green

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:32:37 -0600

George had discovered a previously unknown monster in Lake Windermere and it was being studied by Dr Bront of the Natural History Museum. The Windermere Winnie had been moved to King Freddie's menagerie at Windsor for the duration of the research programme. 'I'm worried about one thing,' said Dr Bront. 'We only have this one male specimen. Without a female, not only is our study incomplete but there's a likelihood of the species becoming extinct.'

A World Of Monsters For Children's Stories

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:28:09 -0600

Legends of fire-breathing monsters are hundreds, maybe thousands, of years old, perhaps originating in ancient China where dragons are still an essential element in popular culture. The theme is so rich that it seems capable of sustaining any number of makeovers as successive generations of authors recreate it in their own manner. In the present case, the need was to produce tales to entertain and encourage boys at boarding school in England in the 1970s. The scenario manifested a Europe in the Middle Ages that was home to a variety of fire-breathing monsters, most associated with a specific geographical area, and presenting a range of challenges to the competing monarchies.

George And A Bag Of Gold Coins

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:59:38 -0600

George, Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment, had been accused of not accounting for a bag of gold coins which he had been given by the secret service to take to Scotland to buy a new sporran for King Duncan. He sent a pmail to Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin to ask for Peter Paye of His Majesty's Revenue and Customs to come down to Gloucestershire to investigate what had happened to the money. Peter was happy to help his old friend and hurried down to George's castle to be briefed by George and his man, Jack.

Persuading King Freddie To Sign A Treaty With Ireland

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:31:46 -0600

King Freddie was far from happy, all three of his Irish whatsits were ailing. His menagerie manager, Barney Benn, stood before him quaking at the possibility of instant dismissal or, at least, a dunking in the moat. 'How has this happened?' demanded the king. 'It has been coming a long time,' spluttered the distraught monster minder, 'at first, the animals that George brought here were very healthy but gradually they seem to have got weaker and weaker.'

Recipe For The Russian Soul

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:20:48 -0600

While rehearsing for our upcoming show, Russian director Aleksey Burago and I had a heated discussion about the Russian Soul--namely, the lack of it in Hollywood's treatment of Russian literature. "No! It's all wrong! They do not understand the characters' mentality! It's all room temperature! With the exception of one or two actors, none of them found the irrational, passionate, obsessive creatures only Russia is capable of producing!"

Backyard Squirrel Adventures

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:00:11 -0600

With plenty of trees in the backyard, we enjoy watching the squirrels. They are a tenacious bunch of animals full of antics and fun. Here's a few adventures we saw first hand.

Problems With King Freddie's Wooden Ships

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:50:28 -0600

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Salty Biscuit, had reported to King Freddie that he was having problems building new warships because there was insufficient properly seasoned timber. Crafty Carlos, King of Spain, had been building ships faster than England for several years and now posed a real threat. In their attempt to catch up, the English had been forced to use wood before it was ready, and ships were being lost through warping of their timbers. King Freddie called Prime Minister, Merlin the Whirlin, and told him to investigate the problem and find a solution.

Did I Ever Tell You About Our Chipmunks' Dastardly Deeds?

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:11:58 -0600

Chipmunks are adorable little creatures. I like to see them scurrying around the edge of our backyard. They are fun to watch from our kitchen window. Here are just a few amusing things about the chipmunks in our backyard.

King Freddie Wants A Development Project

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:40:26 -0600

The big question on Freddie's feeble mind was how to further increase the nation's wealth. He knew that eventually he would probably have to consult Prime Minister Merlin, but first he would see if any of his other advisers could make a useful suggestion. So he called a round-table conference and invited the former patron saint, Cuthbert, now Minister for Subsidence, Admiral Sir Salty Biscuit, Max Grabber, Head of Revenue and Customs, and Archibald Winky-Green, Coach to the National Tiddlywinks Team. Freddie chaired the meeting in his throne room and tried to inspire his companions with a long, rousing, kingly speech, recalling his ancestor, King Arthur and the Knights of the roundtable.

My Worst Day on My Last Day of Employment

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:56:34 -0600

Two things happened to me on my way to work: 1. My flimsy khaki pants ripped completely down the seam. 2. A rock was in my path on the highway, which smashed against my exhaust pipe, releasing a lot of carbon monoxide.

George Tries On Cuthbert's Splendid Helmet

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:48:16 -0600

King Freddie had appointed George in place of Cuthbert as England's Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment. Cuthbert was retained as Minister for Subsidence, but George and Prime Minister Merlin were sent to help with Cuthbert's first assignment at a castle in Wales. They lodged at the nearby Lark and Leak Inn and Cuthbert was soon sleeping soundly.

Our Five (Maybe Six) Main Senses

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:48:02 -0600

A fun way of looking at the many things going on with our body. Surely you can identify with most or all.

Donald Trump and Dee Snider Say We're Not Gonna Take It

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:04:30 -0600

Twisted Sisters Dee Snider gives Donald Trump the green light to use his song "We're Not Gonna Take It" for Trumps current political campaign. Both seem very happy about the situation.

Daddy Duck Attack

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:57:01 -0600

The Louisiana State University campus where I went to school years ago had lakes full of ducks, whose behavior made it clear that they owned the lakes; they marched, waddled and quacked behind whoever had a class near their home making it clear that if you were going to pass their home, you better bring bread. Us students, could hear duck wings flapping, and a chorus of quacking, before we opened our eyes each morning, including weekends. Perhaps Roosters were born to awaken farmers and Ducks were born to motivate students.

A Tribute to Comedy

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:31:08 -0600

Some of the greatest, funniest comedians have come and gone. Let's keep their memory alive, and keep on laughing.

Front-Lines Measuring Drones

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:56:30 -0600

Now that the U.S. may or may not have "boots on the ground" in places where they aren't supposed to be anyway, how do we keep them effective and not in danger? Is that silly?

George Tastes Ashanti Fire-Water

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:46:08 -0500

Patron Saint George, Prime Minister Merlin and George's man, Jack, travelled to the Gold Coast in West Africa in search of food for a baby woggalog. Jack was known to the locals as Nsafufuo (Palm Wine), after his over-indulgence on a previous visit while serving in the Royal Navy. Travelling north from Ogua (modern Cape Coast), they reached the frontier post of the Ashanti Empire where they paid the entry tax in gold-dust. Soon after they resumed their journey they heard the talking drums. 'They will know we are coming,' said Jack to his companions, and Kofi nodded and added, 'They are saying that our old friend Palm Wine is returning.'

When Cuthbert Was Reappointed Patron Saint

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:09:53 -0500

With the Prime Minister, Merlin the Whirlin, dismissed from office and George on strike, King Freddie had reappointed the old Patron Saint, Cuthbert, and made him both Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment. Although Cuthbert was Freddie's old chum and jousting partner, the King did not have a high opinion of Cuthbert's ability. Not only was he illiterate like Freddie himself, but he reverted to the old methods of monster control and was rapidly losing control of the situation. He was also baffled by the proceedings of Parliament.

Ridding England of Immigrant Monsters

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:53:55 -0500

Patron Saint Cuthbert had been reappointed by King Freddie after George went on strike in support of sacked Prime Minister, Merlin. The King reasoned that as George worked only half-time: on alternating armour-on and armour-off weeks, his services would not be missed. However, even kings can sometimes make mistakes.

Selecting The First English Cricket Team

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:54:35 -0500

It was in the days of Good King Freddie, and Prime Minister, Merlin, and Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment, George, had drawn up the rules for the game of cricket, with help from George's man, Jack, who played for Frampton Cotterell. King Freddie sent a challenge to King Pierre of France and all the other reigning monarchs of Christendom that he was mounting a man and monster cricket competition in Windsor Great Park starting on the day of the summer solstice. A copy of the new rules was attached to each pigeon mail. The Englishmen did not wait for replies before beginning to assemble their team for the start of training.

When Saint George Had Green Hair

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:52:48 -0500

King Freddie had called for men with coloured hair to come forward to represent England in an international coloured hair contest initiated by a challenge from the Czar of Russia. Prime Minister Merlin had been busy exposing fakes who had painted their hair in the hope of winning the prize of a golden half-sovereign. George had already tried once with his hair painted green, but he was keen to try again now Little Red Spotty Man from the planet of Grendoleon had turned his hair green with a magic spell.

Saint George Learns About The Fabulous Gold of Ashanti

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:52:19 -0500

It was in the days of Good King Freddie and one of the king's newly hatched woggalogs wouldn't eat the food that would ensure that he would grow up tame. Freddie had ordered Prime Minister, Merlin, and Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment, George, to find a solution to this problem. It was then that George's man, Jack, remembered something from his days as a seaman in the Royal Navy.

When a Baby Monster Won't Eat Cake

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:01:43 -0500

It was in the days of Good King Freddie. Life was good, and Freddie was relaxing on his throne with his pseudo-Persian Blue cat, Alexander, finishing their goat's milk and contemplating a visit to his menagerie, when in burst his Menagerie Manager in a most distraught condition. 'Calm down, my dear man,' said the King, 'Whatever the problem, it is better to meet it coolly and with a clear head.'

Help! I'm Stranded in the Philippines

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:49:36 -0500

When our phone started ringing continuously and my email filled up with new messages, I knew something was terribly wrong. I had been hacked and our friends and family were all kind enough to let me know immediately. The email they all received said I was in the Philippines with a sick relative and I needed money (of course). The experience made me think about my love/hate relationship with computers and my complete inability to fix any technology-related problems.

Turbulence In The Indian Kitchen!

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:07:36 -0500

"Hey pal, what is on your menu tonight?" "The menu is quite luring! But, you see, it has gone to the authorities for approval. Finally we'll have what they want us to eat!"

All in a Daze of Work

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:22:03 -0500

Everyday musings about our history - why we are who we are. The origins of marriage.

The Deadpan Pangs!

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:26:46 -0500

I thought had I punched him hard on his firmly set jaws I might have had some emotional reaction from him. Of course, to that extreme extent I could never have proceeded thanks to my perseveringly peaceful nature, office decorum and possible police involvement...

Why Laughter Is the Best Antidote in Many Ways

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:23:50 -0500

Being light-minded, as well as having a good sense of humor, makes life easy to lead for you and so makes the lives of others who come in touch with you. Isn't that lovely? So why not hone on these skills? Look inside for tips on why you should smile more and how laughter acts as the best antidote in many cases.

Stand Up Comedy Tips

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:30:58 -0500

Stand up comedy tips will help you become a better comedian. Three stand up comedy tips include contextualize it, redirect it, and be transparent. Below I expand on these tips in detail.

Stand Up Comedy Tips for Performing Better

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:30:33 -0500

If you're looking for comedy tips, read this article. It contains six stand up comedy tips that will be useful to performing your next act. Stand Up Comedy Tips #1 -- Pre-Show Habit - Create a pre-show habit for yourself.

Stand Up Comedy Tips - Performing

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:48:44 -0500

There are many stand up comedy tips to help you perform better on stage. Some stand up comedy tips to improve your performance include having emergency filler, asking for suggestions, sharing with rather than speaking at your audience, be more emotional, and change speeds. Emergency Filler The first of our stand up comedy tips is to use emergency filler.

Performing Stand Up Comedy

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:34:34 -0500

Performing stand up comedy is equally if not more important than writing stand up comedy. When performing, take your audio or video recording or just your memory and replay the show. Ask yourself, "Was I my best?

How to Deal With Hecklers - Performing Stand Up Comedy

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:33:16 -0500

Learning how to deal with hecklers is key to performing stand up comedy successfully. Being relentlessly heckled is the third most common reason stand-up comedians afraid to take the stage. Some beginners never take the stage because they do not think they can cope with being heckled.

Funny SMS's and How They Relieve Stress

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:17:51 -0500

This is an article that explains the benefits of sending out funny joke sms messages. There are many benefits not just for the receiver but for the sender as well.

Who Passed the Gas?

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:18:41 -0500

He was the kind of individual who was significantly influenced by what people might think of him. He showed that in the way he dressed and the words he chose. Under no circumstances would he behave otherwise. He had to hold on for as long as it took.

Are You Into Comedy? You Are Not Alone As the Whole Nation Is Hooked on It

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:50:47 -0500

Who doesn't like to laugh? It's probably the world's best medicine as you may have heard a million times. But how many people can say that they laugh their guts out every day? 7 Out of 10 times, people will say that they don't have much time to enjoy a good laugh. Well, it's not a farfetched thing as it sounds as if you want to enjoy you will find the means to achieve that.

The Days of Saint Cuthbert

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:08:25 -0500

In the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth, the patron saint and minister for the environment was a noble knight called Cuthbert. Keeping to the ancient traditions, Saint Cuthbert wore a shining suit of burnished steel armour and rode a splendid white stallion. With lance and sword he chased the Welsh dragons and other assorted reptilian megafauna that threatened the peace and tranquillity of old England. These methods had been successful in the past, but times were changing. Even with more helpers under his command, all to a man graduates of the Eton School of Chivalry, Cuthbert knew that he was losing control of the situation. The plague of fire-breathing monsters was reaching epidemic proportions.

The Lifting Experience!

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:05:58 -0500

He could never imagine that the mere everyday affairs like giving a lift or being giving a lift would involve such intricate psychological angles. The basic problem, he reasoned so often, was that of how the other party would interpret the offers made. If the interpretation was right it would work perfectly for mutual benefit. However, if it was misinterpreted which was normally feared it would rub on both the parties the wrong way. Such an ultra-sensitive and generous person that he was his experiences in this regard were not conclusive enough to show him whether he should laugh it off or should be more careful about it.

The Cost Of The Virtual!

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:34:59 -0500

He must ensure that he refuse all unnecessary offers or entrapment. He'd no longer be vulnerable. And then, as usual, he got a call right away..