Thursday, 9 June 2016

Belly Laugh


What made you laugh last?
Now, I'm not talking about a furtive titter at a joke, or a polite ha-ha in a casual small talk conversation here.
I am talking about an unrestrained, let rip chuckle or belly laugh that underlines a moment of pure mirth.
Yesterday I took the girls through the churchyard to see if the wedding flowers had been left around the Church door. Liv, who is Margo Channing in a 6  year old's body , skipped around the graves like an Marta from The Sound Of Music before asking about the large 13th Century Cross which stands on the South lawn.
" It's a prayer Cross" I explained, " it's where services were taken before the church was built"
Liv rolled her eyes theatrically then rather dramatically clasped her hands in prayer and knelt at the foot of the cross with all of the grace and chutzpah of a drag Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story.

Now this tickled me. I am not quite sure just why...I think it was all just too camp for one Wednesday afternoon to cope with , but I laughed a big belly laugh laugh all over the churchyard

When did you laugh last?
And why? 

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  1. Golly! This is even harder than your 'crying' one. My laughs tend to be subdued, though smiling comes easy. I suppose the last time I let rip with a loud guffaw was at the antics of my cats and, specifically, their reactions to each other - which never ceases to amuse me as they seem to take everything so seriously. Nothing I see on the telly entertains me half as much as they do.

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    1. Raymondo...with you on that one.......

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    2. It's non-stop performance (at least when they're not sleeping) - AND they do it for free!

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  2. i often get into ridiculous conversations with my kids and laugh like that. I can't remember what it was about but just recently i was laughing so much i cried and then i cried some more because everyone thought my tears were hilarious

    those girls will remember afternoons with you for their whole lives

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    1. I hope so....not having kids is a regret ofmine

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  3. The biggest laugh was when a carpenter altered our kitchen units slightly. A few days later we came to prepare a sunday roast and could not find the roasting tin until I realised the carpenter had sealed up the cupboard above the oven which contained the tin. We had to rip open all the good work - but we did have a good laugh.

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  4. Most comical TV programmes leave me cold but I always have one or two belly laughs when watching the irreverent "Have I Got News For You". So... last Friday night.

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    1. Kathy burke hosted it once, she had me in stitches

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  5. According to all the responses you got about crying, family and animals usually were the cause. The same can be said for laughing. Nothing is more comical than family situations. Love evokes all of the emotions. My granddaughter, Ruby, always makes me laugh because she is a physical comedian and sometimes reminds me of myself.

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  6. Don't judge me please, a customer I was serving recently was in the queue whinnying like a horse, and then flapping his lips. I think he has a kind of tourettes. I can usually ignore his behavior, but the other night there was this teenage boy behind him in the queue who kept creeping back and back making the rest of the queue go backwards, and no one was looking into anyone elses eyes. It was their behavior that got to me, and I just couldn't contain myself. Tears of laughter streamed down my face, and everytime I think about that queue creeping backwards it still makes me laugh.

    I have made up my mind if that gentleman comes in with no queue behind him, to strike up a conversation with him to try to find out his situation...

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    1. Or offer him a carrot

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    2. John, your rejoinder made me laugh out loud - and I'm alone.

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    3. me too ! Yesterday I had a customer buzzing like a bee !

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  7. I laugh at all sorts of things. I find the world around me so ridiculous that laughter comes easily. I laugh every day at the absurd claims made by both sides in the EU debate. I always laugh at pompous politicians. And I laugh at the ludicrous nonsense in TV adverts.

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    1. I like people who laugh easily

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  8. Last night. Did a 'Set 2' module of Samaritans' training and the course leaders did a demonstration of how NOT to conduct a face-to-face consultation. I'm still smiling now.

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    1. Wait till you get on the phones........all that great training does count for something....but the rule book can often get thrown rightout of the window.....good luck

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  9. The look of horror on my husbands face as we watched some rubbish tv about a group of men who devise ways of whacking each other in the testicles. They film it and put it on the internet. The worse the whackings got, the more hubs little face crumpled and the louder my guffawing got!

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    1. Why, thank you sir MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA x

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    1. My silly cats make me laugh every day. This mornings laugh was ( cruel) ... the young one was picking on an old one and turned to run out onto the patio, but the glass doors were still closed. BUMP !
      she is ok. I laughed.

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  11. I must be awful but I laughed till I cried when my husband cracked his head going through a low doorway. Silly accidents make me laugh like a drain. My family expect little sympathy when the do something daft.

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  12. Last night, watching my husband trying to kill a midge. He (husband, not midge) was bouncing around the room clapping his hands to try to splat it, he looked like Mick Jagger!

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    1. This is making me laugh, I can see it...

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    2. Did he dothe lips?

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  13. 2006, Las Vegas, Flamingo Hotel. Leaving the hotel, Jerry headed up the escalator ahead of we other three. It was a narrow escalator. His big fat hard-sided suitcase didn't fit and got stuck. So, he tugged hard. And again. Meanwhile, he had to run down the up escalator to maintain his position so he could keep tugging his hard-sided suitcase into the too-small space. We were in tears of laughter right behind him. Finally, still running in place, he snorted, "Well stop laughing and help!!!" at which point I reached forward, turned the suitcase sideways and watched him disappear up the escalator. The best laugh any of us had had in years.

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    1. I love slap stick issues like these!

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  14. What a fantastic image! Kids. My last belly laugh came from my grandson who asked me if one day he's going to get a big butt like mine someday.
    I assured him that yes, he would. He will in fact someday have a big butt like mine.

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  15. I was recounting a story to a young person about the time I was helping out at the school tuck shop. It was a busy morning and I rushed from one end of the tuck shop to the other . In a hurry I ran smack bang into another mother . As we say I " collected " this poor mother . Anyway we were both in hysterics as I told this story. Gosh it hurt though!

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  16. Last week-end I wanted to empty the last bag of last year's compost before opening a new one. But it had gone all lumpy. The farmer laid it flat on the patio and jumped up and down on it, doing a little dance.
    You need to know here that I am always a bit unsteady on my feet (see today's blog) and when the farmer sees me make some unrehearsed move he suggests I am practising a new dance step.
    Well I got one back - quick as a flash, while he was still jumping up and down on the bag, I asked him - did he know he was doing a war dance of the Hula tribe? He looked at me inquiringly - yes, I said, the only difference is that they do the dance naked and have tassels on the ends of their willies.
    We laughed on and off all afternoon - definitely hindered the amount we got done in the garden.

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    1. Lol...i did chuckle at this one

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  17. Can't think of any specific situation but throughout the day my husband and I can just be ridiculous about anything....a sight, sound, word, expression.....something that doesn't make any sense at all.....and we will just lose it!

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  18. The daily belly laugh is important. The question in our house is not How was your day? but rather What did you laugh at today?
    I belly laughed this morning when I read about a very serious scholastic catholic summer course at a monastery which was illustrated with pictures of little children. So wildly inappropriate and naive it got me going completely.
    This years best, biggest and never ending belly laugh (even the memory makes me giggle) was when I, with a childhood in a stony landscape, was shown into a stone park where Each Stone was neatly labelled with a card stating type, origin and age, f.ex. "Scandinavian, 250 000 million years old, Grey stone".

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  19. It's my daughter . . .
    Not sure if it is her quick wit or what . . .
    She gets me into a non stop, belling rolling, tear dripping, best laugh ever at least once a week. Nothing better than that kind of laugh! Refreshing . . .

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  20. Playing kickball with my 14 year old yesterday evening, we end up seeing humor in almost everything... silly walks and faces and moves to try to get to the ball, crazy flight patterns that ensue, the gander (name of Pom) always ready to charge if it gets too close to his fence or best yet flies over the fence so he can really have at it!

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  21. There's a video on Facebook of a baby standing at a wall and someone is doing shadow puppets. The shadow looks like it's going to eat the baby's head, and the baby falls back. That and most cute dog videos get me laughing.

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  22. Yesterday. I saw a video of a car being repossessed and the woman drove off pulling the wrecker.
    I laughed so hard I leaked ...

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  23. I don't laugh much; it's just not my normal reaction. I recently returned from a two-week trip, too exhausted even to do my evening chores. When my son brought the dogs in for the night, my 70-lb "puppy" (she's 4), usually prim and restrained, jumped on the bed. She wriggled, fawned, shoved her head under my hand. Never in her life had she acted like she had missed me. Needless to say, I petted and fondled and laughed hysterically at the breakdown of her good manners.

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  24. Every night, my dog Ginger has the same ritual. We prepare to walk the dogs...George will stand, wiggling, for his leash to be hooked up...but Ginger plays this game. She will sashay up to my husband...wait until he almost has the leash hooked...and then will spin around quickly with a huge doggie grin on her face and trot over to me for praise! Then she'll sashay back over...let him almost get it hooked...and then OOPS!! SORRY! She thinks it's the best joke ever! It always makes us laugh, every single time. She's so proud of herself for getting one over on him! I've never seen a dog with such a sense of humor as she has. LOL!!

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  25. Sadly, John, I can't remember. Since I love slapstick, I imagine my last laugh would have been at someone else's expense. Have "Audrey" pray for me next time.

    This post did make me smile. Thanks.

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  26. Whilst out with two grandchildren, the eldest (5 years old) answered the treasure hunt clue, Dr Who travelled in this, with - a letter box! I couldn't control my laughter and turned away not to upset him.

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  27. This morning, when my tortie cat hopped up on the bathroom sink for her morning splash. She suddenly discovered an evil cat lurking in the mirror & gave it the most ferocious glare! Demon cat!

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  28. My four year old Grand-daughter announced proudly that when she grew up to be a big girl......she was going to kick boys.

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    1. Sounds about right to me

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  29. I had a whole day of belly laughs with my daughter recently. I love that we can be like that together.
    I also have to tell you that I laughed out loud in Tescos when I picked up the DVD of The Revenant and the image of you dropping your scotch egg when the bear appears came into my mind. I won't be able to remain serious when I eventually watch that film.

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    1. There was dry yolk everywhere as i remember!

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  30. I am strange, as was my Dad before me. News item discussing how strong the winds had been with a tale of a man being blown under a bus. We howled. Awful really, no wonder I have few friends....

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    1. Hahaha! I must be sick too! Your comment had me bust out laughing!

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    2. Hahaha! I must be sick too! Your comment had me bust out laughing!

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    3. I remember the old joke about a flood where a man floated out of his home on the dining room table. His wife accompanied him on the piano

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    4. Yet another belly laugh. Hurts.

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  31. I had a great laugh last almost two weeks ago when Willy Dunne Wooters told me how he learned to play double-deck pinochle in jail. The reason he went to jail was hilarious. The story had so many twists and turns that I thought I'd never stop laughing.

    Love,
    Janie

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  32. When I taught grade one, six and seven year olds say the darn east things. One day I heard Evan telling his friend that his grandpa had a real big penis. Well fast forward three days later. There I am sitting in church waiting for mass to start. You guessed it, who else would walk in but grandpa. I couldn't contain myself for the rest of the liturgy.

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    1. I wouldn't know,. Couldn't look him in the eye or anywhere else.

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  33. Belly laugh? Summer 2015.

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  34. A couple of weeks ago I was working with a new friend at the charity shop. We had been out together for a day which we'd both enjoyed & giggled a lot together.
    I was in the very back of the shop but the friend thought I was in the front. She walked into the front from the second room saying, " So... where shall we go on our next date ?"
    There was a single man in the front of the shop who quickly answered, " I don't know - where would you like to go ? "

    We cracked up laughing & could not stop. It was a lovely few minutes x

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  35. Had a great, if bit unkind, belly laugh last night. An aunt and cousin spent their holiday with us and my cousin Never Shuts Up. Ever. And she's loud about it, to the point the tremors kicked in for the first time since I moved here. Finally my dear, sweet mother asked her to get something from the carport and then locked the door behind her.

    When Robbie tried to get back in Mom and my aunt threatened to leave her out there unless she promised to shut up long enough to watch Property Brothers, I rolled!

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    1. Never push an old lady to destraction

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  36. You know I don't remember the last belly laugh. Which is a sad indictment.

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  37. My sister can flaw me with a quote from any movie we both love and enjoy, and her now 14 year old daughter has the knack too. We were all walking down the street looking for the restaurant and there it was, sign glowing happily, of a fish. Zoe pipes up in a terrible Scottish accent, "The fish, the fish, the TERRIBLE fish!" and that was me practically on the pavement from laughing. Gladiatress, the funniest scene in a very funny movie.

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  38. When did I laugh seriously LOL, just now while reading this blog!

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  39. I'm always laughing, but something recently tickled me but I can't remember what, so will have to update you when I remember X

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  40. It never failed that I would make my husband laugh, just as the lights were going down and the curtain was coming up at some play or the ballet or opera.
    No ... I swear ... I did not do anything on purpose to make him struggle not to giggle out loud ... in some of the best Opera houses in the world. ;)

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  42. Here is my laugh for the day:http://metro.co.uk/2016/06/09/horse-keeps-playing-dead-and-its-driving-his-owners-mad-5932948/

    When you watch the video, you'll see why

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    1. Pinto also has his own Facebook page called Pinto Plays Possum

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  43. Proper belly laugh? It's been a while.

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  44. Today my friend and I were looking at old photos in one we both looked the same as each other, we laughed so hard, I had to make a dash to the toilet if you know what I mean.

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  45. Christmas 1992, myself and both daughters were walking around in silly Christmas slippers and taking silly photos of each other. The older girl tickled the younger until she had tears pouring down and we were all off our heads laughing.

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  46. I must say that I can't help but laugh when I hear a politician say something particularly stupid, so I belly laugh pretty much every day.

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  47. I must say that I can't help but laugh when I hear a politician say something particularly stupid, so I belly laugh pretty much every day.

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  48. Every once in a while, I inadvertently scare my husband, usually coming around the corner as he is coming down the stairs. When he is surprised and frightened, he is like a startled baby. His arms shoot out and he does a little high-stepping dance. I laugh until I cry and then when I think about it later, I start laughing again. -Jenn

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    1. coffeeotheporchwithme ... I was just taking a big swallow of coffee when I read this and almost spit it out .... I totally understand how you would laugh until you cry . I don't know what he looks like, but the image of a man with a startled baby face makes me giggle :)

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