#BigRead13: Day 3: Humour

I love today’s thought in #BigRead13 – the fact that whereas yesterday we had strong grief, today we have humour, laughter and all that comes with that!

“For jokes as well as justice come with speech”

New Living Translation (©2007) (Psalm 126:2)
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.”

Reminds me of:

WIth great power comes great responsibility. - Stan Lee

We have been given the powerful role of walking, talking. communicating creatures, and there’s so much we can do with others. Our responsibility includes making life more cheerful for people eh? Not always moaning about how busy we are (#notbusy – so I need to head home shortly and chill for a bit) but seeking the joy in life and seeking to share that joy. Reminds me again of thankfulness diaries (which happens to be @40Acts action for today too: ““Count your blessings, name them one by one”!). Partly why I love Anglican Memes so much – gives me regular chuckles! And the aptly named Merry is dragging me out to the pub tonight before I completely drown in work! Leave my brain free for #digitalparenting book research tomorrow :-)

Remembering to laugh more is always good, but not in a false way, just being in situations that encourage laughter – and some of the worst situations can still cause laughter… even at funerals, watery chuckles reminds us of the good times with that person. God is with us in our pain, and in our laughter – pretty cool, eh?

The links continue as Brian Draper suggests that “But if we start this Lent looking for the best of what is, we will see more about seeing” – so we’re looking for the best, looking for the things to be thankful and joyful about .. whilst #lentphotos# looks for a space to reflect – again we could be reflecting on the good things – and I chose one that Brian had introduced me to! Whilst @pamjweb is inspired to seek ‘the imprint of God‘ in everything.


#Do1NiceThing Lent challenge for today – Call in on an elderly neighbour – take some cake, have a cup of tea and a chat… #OthersRWorthIt

Pray: We thank you that we can have times of laughter in our everyday lives, and pray also that we would remember that with that joy comes responsibility for justice.

Funny Funny



Patrick McGhee completes a range of “predictions” for the HE sector – the most funny of which is (especially bearing in mind the previous story):

Several universities reject massive open online courses, or Moocs, in favour of basic open organised collections. “Boocs” – print versions of cloud-sourced digital material bound together and published in the tens of thousands – are hailed as the next big thing in higher education. While completing a Booc does not in itself secure academic credit, the user is expected to experience mild feelings of intellectual euphoria.

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Don’t know shit?


An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first.

“A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know shit?”

And then she went back to reading her book.

A warning to all “evangelists” whether Christian, Atheiest, or other… 

Ionic, isn’t it? @timeshighered


What a brilliant idea …:

Academics from physicists to experts on Scandinavian culture are crafting stand-up comedy routines based on their work. But this is no joke. Matthew Reisz finds that a crowd’s laughter is not the only payoff

Here’s an idea of the content:

The nominal theme, tying in with a major exhibition, Power of Making, is “craft”, though the audience could not possibly have guessed it. Performers explore Tory drinking rituals and the “extreme decollete fashions” of the 17th century; pubic hair loss during the menopause; the importance of anti-Catholic fart humour in the early development of printing; the difficulties of translating Danish jokes into English; and the history of racist comedy (the speaker warns the audience in advance that “because this is a national institution, I’m not allowed to tell you the punchlines”).

A PhD student offers a glimpse of his lonely life: “Today is Tuesday, the day after University Challenge, when I get a chance to spend some quality time with Jeremy Paxman.” There is also a song about dinosaurs in Westminster and a polka-dotted cabaret duo, not to mention the occasional groan-worthy one-liner (“Anyone seen Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest? It’s going down a storm”).

And here’s the rationale:

As head of public engagement at UCL, Cross created his academic comedy nights in response to a specific challenge: to find a way of engaging with people in “the great demographic gap” between the ages of 20 and 40. “Universities have been very good at schools outreach and at getting academics on to Radio 4,” he explains, “but we haven’t been so good at reaching the market in between.” Many museums and cultural institutions face a similar problem.

So how could they get “an audience to turn up and listen to members of the university sharing their research, teaching and knowledge in a meaningful, interactive way, face to face and not through a facilitator”? Cross and his team talked to people who ran theatre, music and comedy nights. “We wanted something with content that would attract an audience beyond those already working and studying in universities. The thing we came up with was stand-up comedy – because of the rise of intelligent comedy, because researchers can learn to perform to a good standard relatively quickly, and because you can make anything funny.”

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