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02 Oct 2013, 3:08 pm

Dad was redoing the living room so got the flatscreen t.v. off the wall. He accidentally scratched it and I laughed. IMO laughter to me = WOW! I can't believe you ended up scratching it LOL! Sadly he yelled at me about it's a $1500 dollar t.v. etc. and go away. I find it comical if people are slightly hurt. As in running/fall IMO LOL! you shouldn't have been running in the first place when you could have walked. Now if it's blood/broken bone it's OMG! are you ok. But for minor things I laugh. I found it comical that he scratched the t.v. as in "WOW! I can't believe you scratched it. (As I just said). Can anyone relate???



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02 Oct 2013, 4:20 pm

Yes, I can totally relate to that. Totally.



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02 Oct 2013, 4:55 pm

That sounds like the basis of slapstick comedy.



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02 Oct 2013, 5:58 pm

Yes. Though laughing and actually finding something funny are totally different things for me.



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02 Oct 2013, 6:36 pm

YES! I see most things as slapstick comedy THAT'S IT! (Couldn't put a name on it) Thought of 3 Stooges THANKS! Later dad laughed over ha ha! he drilled into a wire ha ha! I just looked at him. UH! IMO having to replace electrical and perhaps t.v. wires etc. is MORE of an issue that a little scratch on a big t.v. that isn't noticeable when the t.v. is actually ON! SHEESH! I see alot of things as slapstick comedy. WHY it's taboo now adays is beyond me. Nothing like stepping on a board and it waking you LOL! :-)



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02 Oct 2013, 7:23 pm

Hmm....maybe it was only okay if HE laughed at something he'd done, but not okay if someone else did. Sometimes, it's all about pride.

And yes--it was like "slapstick comedy", only to a lesser extent. No one got hurt, right? How severe a scratch could it have been? If it's not noticeable when the TV is on, it's not severe.

Drilling through a wire is definitely more severe than a scratch--oh, that's why he laughed, to deflate the seriousness of something he'd done.


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02 Oct 2013, 8:39 pm

I don't have any idea why it was hysterically funny to me when I found out my brother got a bad tooth infection and could not eat for four days. I felt really bad for him and I know he was hurting and I adore my brother so it should not have been funny at all. But for whatever reason I just busted up laughing. He did not mind though, in fact it made him laugh too. Good thing we are close like that.


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02 Oct 2013, 9:04 pm

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I don't have any idea why it was hysterically funny to me when I found out my brother got a bad tooth infection and could not eat for four days. I felt really bad for him and I know he was hurting and I adore my brother so it should not have been funny at all. But for whatever reason I just busted up laughing. He did not mind though, in fact it made him laugh too. Good thing we are close like that.


Applying humour to take your mind off unpleasant things or make them less viscerally nasty is a very common thing for humans to do in general, hence black and sick humour, comedies about war, etc. But yeah, it can be tricky knowing when to apply it right, lest people or entire groups might be offended.

"There are some things that are so serious that you have to laugh at them." -- Niels Bohr



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02 Oct 2013, 9:05 pm

skibum wrote:
I don't have any idea why it was hysterically funny to me when I found out my brother got a bad tooth infection and could not eat for four days. I felt really bad for him and I know he was hurting and I adore my brother so it should not have been funny at all. But for whatever reason I just busted up laughing. He did not mind though, in fact it made him laugh too. Good thing we are close like that.


Sometimes, it's "laugh, cry or go insane." I'd rather laugh.


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02 Oct 2013, 9:06 pm

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I find it comical if people are slightly hurt. As in running/fall IMO LOL! you shouldn't have been running in the first place when you could have walked. Now if it's blood/broken bone it's OMG! are you ok. But for minor things I laugh. I found it comical that he scratched the t.v. as in "WOW! I can't believe you scratched it. (As I just said). Can anyone relate???

I can't relate... sorry. But, Nietzsche has a great aphorism about this. He said, "A joke is an epitaph on the death of a feeling." Someone is feeling bad... and that's funny?

Keith Olbermann is a well known liberal newscaster who was on MSNBC. He was great... but, every now and then, he would show a video of fashion models falling down on the runway. He thought those falls by the graceful were really amusing. I sent him the Nietzsche aphorism on twitter. He blocked me. But then he soon lost his job... and went to CurrentTV... and then lost his job there. He has anger issues.


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02 Oct 2013, 9:08 pm

conundrum wrote:
skibum wrote:
I don't have any idea why it was hysterically funny to me when I found out my brother got a bad tooth infection and could not eat for four days. I felt really bad for him and I know he was hurting and I adore my brother so it should not have been funny at all. But for whatever reason I just busted up laughing. He did not mind though, in fact it made him laugh too. Good thing we are close like that.


Sometimes, it's "laugh, cry or go insane." I'd rather laugh.


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02 Oct 2013, 9:30 pm

I find it funny that somebody named UndeadToaster responded to equestriatola's question about being cursed. I always see stupid things like that and when I tell people they just look at me.



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02 Oct 2013, 11:18 pm

zeldapsychology wrote:
Dad was redoing the living room so got the flatscreen t.v. off the wall. He accidentally scratched it and I laughed. IMO laughter to me = WOW! I can't believe you ended up scratching it LOL! Sadly he yelled at me about it's a $1500 dollar t.v. etc. and go away. I find it comical if people are slightly hurt. As in running/fall IMO LOL! you shouldn't have been running in the first place when you could have walked. Now if it's blood/broken bone it's OMG! are you ok. But for minor things I laugh. I found it comical that he scratched the t.v. as in "WOW! I can't believe you scratched it. (As I just said). Can anyone relate???


The whole flipside to this is the popularity of shows/movies like "Jackass" and people going to races in hopes of seeing a wreck.

I've seen more comedies of errors than I can count, and been on the receiving end a few times. In high school I saw a poster that sums it up: "It's ALWAYS funnier when it happens to someone else"


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03 Oct 2013, 12:23 am

Being a skateboarder, I've seen my fair share of bad spills that I've laughed at.



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03 Oct 2013, 6:49 am

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Being a skateboarder, I've seen my fair share of bad spills that I've laughed at.
Same thing with skiing and snowboarding. When we wipe out or have a "yard sale" all over the mountain for some reason it's funny. If someone gets hurt than it's not but other wise it's pretty hilarious. It's especially funny if you are on ski school or ski patrol or terrain staff and you wipe out in uniform. And it's worse if you do it under the chairlift or in front of the lodge picture window where everybody and their mother can see you. Someone who is very close to me was on ski school staff once and the elite ski instructors were skiing in formation in uniform. They just happened to be on a part of the slope that was right in sight of the huge lodge picture window when the lead guy caught an edge and wiped out and just like in Dominoes the entire team went down in a heap. They called it a day and went inside after that. :D


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