Browsing All posts tagged under »humor«

Humor or Bullying?

January 6, 2019


I was chatting with a friend who was a bit tense over a possible love interest. Trying to get him to laugh, I made a raunchy comment about the woman — couched in terms that made fun of me, not her, but still risqué — and he got upset. Oops. Later he told me he […]

Science Terms, Re-Explained

March 13, 2016


Hey, Teach! I know what all those scientific words mean! Here, I’ll show you: Natural selection — buying organic food Imaginary numbers — answers students come up with in math class Geographic isolation — trapped in a room full of old nature magazines Quantum uncertainty — failure to remember the plot of a recent James […]


June 19, 2014


  — An epigram stretches the facts to get at the truth.   Biz Quippy — It’s not how hard you work; it’s how much the boss likes you. — It’s not how good you are; it’s how successful you are. — In business, a friendship can get you in the front door, but after […]

Onward, Fools, into the Future — a short story

April 24, 2014


The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn. — H.G. Wells We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. — Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve a feeling we’re not in […]

When Someone Says …

April 10, 2014


When someone says, “To be perfectly frank” … you’re going to hear a whopper. When someone says, “Trust me” … check your wallet. When someone says, “I know what I’m doing” … he doesn’t. When someone says, “You’re being selfish!” … they want your stuff. When someone says, “Everybody knows that!” … they don’t. When someone […]

Make Me Laugh — a short story

February 13, 2014


“Attractive dance instructor, age 53, seeks men age 45-60 for short-term dating / long-term dating / friendship. I love life, am adventurous, friendly and a good listener, and I’m told I have the sense of humor of a 16-year-old. Reply only if you think you can make me laugh.” Dear Attractive: Okay, so there I […]

As to That, It Makes One Think

January 2, 2014


Don’t read this sentence. You may sometimes think you’re delusional, but you’re wrong. What’s the difference between a fish? Two hikers get lost on a mountain ridge. One pulls out a map, studies it, and says, “I know where we are.” The other asks, “Where?” The first hiker points to a nearby mountain. “See that […]