Friday Frivolity

I hardly ever cry.  In fact, my family says I'm dead inside.  But I argue that I can't be dead inside because I laugh easily and readily and joyously at all appropriate (and many inappropriate) occasions.  So, in honor of Friday, the end of the work week (for some), a general feeling of peace in my soul, and various other good reasons, I hereby institute Friday Frivolity.  These posts will involve news items, internet gems, and other Things That Make Me Laugh.  Some will be bookish things, but I can't promise they all will be.

1.  Rebecca of Rebecca Reads posted a few days ago about the CYBILS, a site I hadn't previously been aware of.  (CYBILS is Childrens' and Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards; I don't know where the I comes in.)  The first entry on the Picture Book list is Lemony Snicket's 13 Words.  I haven't read this book yet, so I went to Amazon to see what it was about.  Embedded there is a companion video.  Hilarious.  It's interesting to note that some of the amazon reviewers commented on how dark and depressing this book is.  It is also interesting that Maira Kalman is the author of And the Pursuit of Happiness, a book that has been discussed in the blogosphere of late.

2.  The Rejectionist makes me laugh pretty much every time she posts.  Her tone marries just the right levels of irreverence and intelligence.  I particularly liked her Halloween humility.

3.  The day after Election Day was not a particularly laugh-a-minute kind of day, but the paper that morning did offer me the following chuckle from nearby Dade County, GA:
Should county commissioners be elected by districts or by the entire county?
Yes.................2389                      No..................1065

I just hope to high heaven that is an error in the newspaper only and not a reproduction of the ballot's wording.  Either way, though, it makes me giggle.  Even 3 days later.

4.  Like The Rejectionist above, Hyperbole and a Half is a no-brainer.  It will be funny.  In fact, it might actually make me cry from laughing so hard.  I was first introduced to the hyperbolic hilarity through this grammar-related post.  It makes me laugh alot.

That's all for now.  Happy Frivolous Friday to you all!


  1. LOVE Hyperbole and a Half. Particularly her recent post on the four levels of social awkwardness.

    Maybe Dade County voters were just weighing in with the opinion that their county commissioners ought to be elected SOMEHOW.

  2. Oh the laughter from Hyperbole and a Half! It's rather absurd, actually. But the social entrapment levels one was priceless - especially the grocery store part. I was almost crying. I also really like "The God of Cake." What I don't like is all the commenters who think they are as funny as she is. Some have some wit to offer; others, not so much. I do not even try.

  3. Thanks, Heather. I'm always glad to spread the joy a bit! Things that have made me laugh tonight:

    1. The BBCs Walk on the Wild Side previews on YouTube. They are all hilarious, and we shared them with some friends tonight to much joy. "I said, GO HOME DAVEY!"

    2. Apples to Apples. Someone warned me that I might not like this game. Someone was wrong. It was super fun and much laughter-inducing.

    3. My sister's facebook post alerting us all to the Google Maps fun involving the directions from "America" as your starting location and "China" as your destination. Those Google kids are funny.

  4. I do not "get" 13 Words. It's just too weird for me.

  5. Rebecca - the comments on 13 Words on Amazon have definitely made this one a curiosity to me. I can see how it would be too weird. I'll let you know what I think if/when I find it in my library.