Over the course of my life, there have been a few things - just a handful really, that make me laugh out loud, no matter what I am doing...if I think of these things, I will honest-to-god-laugh-out-loud, right then and there. Sometimes, I will be in a room with someone else, and there I sit, laughing for no apparent reason...and trying to explain can almost make it worse...
I have a younger sister--she is ten years younger than me. I don't often talk about her here, mostly because we don't see alot of each other, she lives a few hours away, is still raising her family, but when we are together, it is always good. She has the best nature, is most always uplifting, and has always, ALWAYS made me laugh. Once, and I don't remember how old she was at the time, but she was either already an adult, or nearly so---she got a plant as a gift from someone. If I remember right, it was in a pumpkin planter. I want to say it was an african violet but hey - I'm old and can't always remember the details. She was so excited. She is always excited when anyone gives her anything---which is why I love to buy anything for her, and always have, she is just so much fun to give things to..but anyway, she received this plant in a pumpkin planter. She was telling me about it, her excitement level way up there. She said "it even came with a name!" I said, "your plant has a name?" She replied, "yes, it's name is on a tag stuck in the dirt..it's Mister Wet Weekly." Oh my.... I still laugh at that, obviously the instructions came on a tag- "mist or wet, weekly". And yep, I laugh as I write this, and this happened years ago.
Back in the early nineties, there was a country song by Joe Diffie---"If the devil danced in empty pockets...", it was a good song. A radio dj was being silly one day and finished the title his way "I'd have a party in my pants". Yep, laughing out loud now over this one, too. Perhaps that one is a "you had to be there moment", but it struck my funny bone badly.
Once, the whole family was invited to dinner at my mom's. She made this very elegant dinner of cornish game hens...and my mother was a very elegant entertainer. We were having general, run of the mill dinner conversation, and we were talking about cornish hens and various ways to prepare them. She asked me "have you ever ordered them out"? I stood up, and very seriously demanded..."all of you skinny little chickens--out! Out I say!" The look on her face was truly priceless. Still to this day, I picture someone telling those damned birds what to do, and all she was doing was asking if I had ever ordered them in a restaurant.
There are a couple of words that make me laugh, no matter what. One is underpants. UNDERPANTS. I have no idea why. Stupid? You bet. The proverbial rubber chicken, always brings a smile to my face. I have one around here somewhere. It used to reside in my kitchen.
What makes you laugh? Anyone have any stories they want to share that brings out the honest-to-god belly laugh?