Need To LYAO With Your BFF? Here’s How!

Murdock jackets are no laughing matter!

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh – it’s as simple as that.” ~Jay Leno

Did you hear the one about the drunk cows?

Reading an article the other day about text-speak and how it’s successfully infiltrated our everyday speech, I stopped a moment and thought. I don’t use much of it, as I never did get into the texting craze, but when I chat online, the acronyms I use most often pertain to laughter. LOL. LMAO. ROTFL. LHO. I’d be clueless about all the latest and hottest acronyms for bizarre sexual acts, but you can call me an amateur authority on laughter. If I were an animal, I might be a spotted hyena. That’s how much I believe in the power of laughter. I’m often mistaken for someone ten years my junior. My secret? Laughing a lot: at myself, at others, at the absurdity of life. Laughter is completely free, it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint other than excess CO2, and it won’t add ten pounds to your midsection.

I’m also very fortunate that I seem to be one of those types who laughs a lot. One of my typical expressions looks a bit like this:

Pass it on, indeed!

So, being that I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good, I’m sharing with my readers a random list of ways to make me smile, laugh, giggle, chuckle, guffaw, or otherwise express amusement. Some of them are simple little pleasures; others not so much. Remember…if you’re ever having a bad day, why not reach into the bag for one of these surefire laugh starters? (Also remember that laughter uses fewer muscles than scowling does, so it’s much less likely to give you worry lines.)

* Think of your favorite movie or TV scene, then re-enact it in a goofy voice (a Sopranos-style mafia boss, a Disney chipmunk, your drunk aunt.)

* Read an essay by Dave Barry, David Sedaris, or Nora Ephron.

* Grab an old issue of a magazine, then draw mustaches, goatees, and devil horns on pictures of the people you don’t like.

* Inhale from a canister of plain water vapor, then, if anybody asks, inform them it’s nitrous oxide.

Don’t mind my BFF…he’s just nuts.


* Go to the zoo and see if you can get the monkeys or parrots to “talk” to you.

* Call a random McDonalds and insist that your Whopper was horrible last time you were there.

* At a cafe, observe a conversation at another table, then imagine what they might be saying…sped up to Chipmunk speed.

* Take your invisible dog for a walk at a public park (for a great demonstration of this, watch the A-Team episode “West Coast Turnaround.”)

And no, you cannot see it.



Go to a thrift store and try on the most outrageous outfits you can, and play dress-up for just one afternoon.

* Pantomime singing along to a song in your car. The more violent head-banging, the better. Version 2.0: Watch others doing this in their cars.

 * Randomly drop off a bouquet of flowers or box of candy to a retirement home or VA hospital. Tell the desk staff to give it to someone who never gets visitors.

* Make a sock puppet, give him/her/it a name, and have regular deep conversations with the sock puppet (preferably not in public, but this is up to you.)

Say hello to the big angry mudsucker, Socki!



* Go to a movie on a slow night like a Tuesday. Sit in the very back row and MST the flick with your best friend, even if there’s other audience members there.

* At an art gallery, go to a work, preferably a more modern work, and loudly proclaim, “I can do better than that.”

 * Even if you think you can’t draw, write a simple 3-panel cartoon. Stick figures count, too.

* Tell your favorite joke to a co-worker.

I am *so* better looking...nyah, nyah, nyah!

* Take video footage (it doesn’t matter what sort), speed it up by 5-6x, and add the Benny Hill theme music in the background. Inexplicable…but it works every time.

* Find a friendly dog, if you don’t have a dog, and talk like Ace Ventura to him/her.

* Introduce yourself by a nickname. The more ludicrous (Suggy Lumps, Iceman, T-Money), the better. For a good example of how to properly pull this off, watch Bill Murray’s Clint Eastwood riff in “Groundhog Day.”)

* Wear a t-shirt with an esoteric slogan.

Not to be confused with "Almost Fini"

* Sneak a live lizard into a public restroom. After you go in, take the little bugger up to whomever owns the place and tell them they have a “varmint problem.”

* Don’t just squeeze the cantaloupes at the grocery store…shake them.

* Pretend to run into your “long-lost” friend at a restaurant or coffee shop…and watch the “awww” reactions you get.

* Pick out the book with the most boring-sounding title you can, slip a comic or LOLcats collection inside it, and read it in a library or other public place. Snicker under your breath.

* Remember that even if you may be hurting or angry, hungry or tired, a laugh is a quick fix to just about anything. Use that power.

So, what’s *your* favorite surefire way to laugh? What do you find absolutely hilarious? I’d love to know, so drop me a line and be sure to “Like” this post! Ha!



~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on February 11, 2011.

3 Responses to “Need To LYAO With Your BFF? Here’s How!”

  1. Recite Judith Viorst’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY in your best six-year-old voice.

  2. […] Need To LYAO With Your BFF? Here's How! « Prawn And Quartered 1 Comment… What do you think? Subscribe via RSS […]

  3. Hehe what a great list! For some reason the cantaloupe shaking got the most snickers outta me. 😀

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