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A Critical Re-thinking of the 19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY
Wednesday. 6.4.08 9:39 pm
So, I got one of those stupid email chain thingies in my work email that seem to proliferate like cybernetic bunnies. It was the "19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY" and because I yam what I yam, I feel as if I must explore this idea until it reaches its ultimate stupidity. Here goes.
Okay, first way to maintain a healthy level of insanity...
1. At lunchtime, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on while pointing a hair dryer at passing vehicles. See if they slow down.
This is actually pretty funny when you think about. So funny that I almost want to try it out sometime. So far so good, list of "19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY".
2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.
Also hilarious, and highly recommended. (A co-worker did this once when I worked at Frank's. The reaction it got was EXCELLENT.)
3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
Hilarious... this one has the potential to be REALLY irritating, which makes it at least 10% better (and therefore funnier) than the first two on the list.
4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it 'IN'.
Not funny, list of "19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY". Not funny at all. People who regularly read "Ziggy" or perhaps "Blondie" might find this funny, but those of us who have souls emphatically do not.
5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over his or her caffeine addictions, switch to expresso.
This one is downright impractical. First of all, real espresso is made with an espresso machine, not on a regular coffee machine. Plus, there are just far too many uncontrollable factors to make this practical. Not to mention espresso is spelled wrong. Bad list of "19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY"! BAD! Next.
6. In the memo field of all your checks write: "For smuggling diamonds".
Funny, but potentially dangerous if an over-zealous member of a bank's proof department were to take it seriously and hand it over to bank protection. And take it from someone who knows, you DO NOT want to rouse their suspicions, for they are almighty and merciless -- like Wagnerian Valkyries... without the anti-Semitism.
7. Finish all your sentences with: "...in accordance with prophecy."
Pretty funny... though I guarantee it'd be at least 20% funnier, if not more, were you to say: "...in accordance with biblical prophecy." It's far more ominous, and, as we all know, ominous = funny.
8. Don't use any punctuation.
This may or may not be funny depending on circumstance.
Funny: Not using any punctuation while you speak -- this would mean that there would be no pauses for thought, no indication where one idea ends and the other begins. No customary interrogative lilt at the end of a question. No exclamations. No pauses in your speech. You'd just speak in long, never-ending sentences. The results would be kinda funny, though you'd really have to practice to get it right.
Not funny: At all. Not punctuating your writing properly. Too much of this goes on already and it drives me fucking nuts. I love the English language dearly, and though I'm far from perfect, I respect the language I speak enough to try my damnedest to give it my best effort. Lazy, L33t speaking, fucking text messaging bastards have raped the mighty eloquence of the written word for long enough -- DO NOT ENCOURAGE THEM.
9. As often as possible skip rather than walk.
Eh. I guess it's funny, plus you'll get a bit of a workout as well. Good on you, list of "19 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY"!
10. Order diet water whenever you go out to eat -- with a serious face.
Oh, this is a good one, especially if you can keep a straight face. I'd totally choke -- I've got a terrible poker face.
11. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".
Not really funny so much as annoying. It feels like something the folks at "Jackass" would do while leering into a fish-eye camera and giggling. No thank you.
12. Sing along at the opera.
Also annoying. Not funny at all. Plus, it has the potential for real world consequences. Like getting kicked out of the opera house, and considering the cost of opera tickets... not a good idea. Unless, of course, you're a billionaire playboy douche bag.
13. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day during working hours.
This would be pretty hilarious... but only if you have a fairly understanding boss who got the joke. Also, I'd add a cornucopia of tropical plants, a stuffed parrot (as in a formerly alive parrot that would be pushing up the daisies were it not nailed to its perch) and a small black cat -- and should anyone ask about the cat, insist that it's a panther and its name is Bagheera, making sure to be really insulted at the very notion of your lithe and dangerous jungle predator being mistaken for a small, harmless house-cat.
14. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
First of all, there is no such thing as a poetry recital. I know because my father IS a poet and I've been to poetry READINGS. Recitals are for children's dance troupes and those involved in any kind of classical music training. Secondly, while poetry readings, at times, can be a bit boring, you insult the poets and yourself by asking such a patently ignorant question. You might as well tattoo: "I am an uneducated moron. Please, do the world a favor and kill me before I reproduce" on your forehead before trying this one.
And if you don't understand why this isn't funny, do me just one favor. Stand up. Walk to the nearest wall. Make sure it's nice and hard, and then pound your fucking head into it until it isn't funny anymore -- that is if you don't pass out from blood loss or the inevitable brain damage first.
15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
Dude, this is a total dick move. If a friend of mine did this, I'd drive to their house, punch them in the nuts and never call them again. Not funny at all. Just plain douche bag-ry.
16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name: Rock Bottom.
This has the potential for real hilarity if you could get your co-workers to go along with it. It'd be 50% funnier if you used something a bit more off-the-wall, like: Huge McBiglarge or Beefington Steel or Slab Hamfist.
17. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream: "I WON! I WON!"
Pretty fucking funny. Especially if you manage to do it in a really crowded area.
18. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling: "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! THEY'RE LOOSE!"
Funny, but inadvisable. For one, you could cause a panic, and considering how litigious people are nowadays... well, it's just not a good idea.
19. Tell your children over dinner: "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go".
This only works if you have children, of course. But it is pretty funny. Scarring-your-child-for-the-rest-of-their-natural-lives-funny, but funny none the less. And really, what's a few scars here and there? I mean, sure, I've never been able to go to the dentist without having a mild panic attack ever since my dad told me they'd pull out all my teeth with a rusty pair of pliers when I was five... but it was all in good fun. Really, it was. Incidentally, my father actually did tell me that... and I do get a bit nervous whenever I go to the dentist to this day. Good times. Good times.
I am so sorry I have done #14 several times. I did #11 too. I got a crown victoria and I am def gonna try #1. HEHEHE
» jacyhenry on 2008-06-05 12:34:34
#1 sounds fun. # 11 made me think of a skit Dane Cook did. he said that every so often when you go to a fast food place, stare at the menu for a few minutes, then point and order something that isn't even there. if the cashier isn't smart enough to catch what you're doing, they'll look confused for a minute before they look at the menu to make sure what you're ordering & pointing at is actually up there.
» LostSoul13 on 2008-06-05 03:38:47
Though I wouldn't personally try it, I'd definitely like to see #17.
» randomjunk on 2008-06-05 09:28:21
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