Category: Humour

Over forty reasons not to get married

40-reasons-featuredI'm sure if you're over fifty and alone again, you could quite possibly  think of lots of reasons to never get married again.  Did you ever consider writing down all of the reasons? Kate Papas did. In fact, she published a book titled Married or... merry: The International Greek Book of Marriage, or 40+1 Reasons Not to Get Married. It's a hilarious look at all of the reasons she can think of, why you should never marry. I realize, this comes a little too late for most of us, but you don't have to make the same mistake twice, like I did. I'm afraid I'm a slow learner. Although I do learn by mistakes... after I've made the same one a few times....

Kate asks, "What are the ingredients of a marriage? Pure love? Free sex? Nice home cooked food? Children playing around? Then, what about mother- in- laws, divorce, hatred and alimony? In my opinion, in Greece and all over the world, marriage is a mystery and -even worse -- 'the secret to a happy marriage remains a secret…'"

It isn't a fair world. If you ask some couples, who appear happily married, what their secret is, most times they can't tell you. Or if they know you and your situation, they like to go off on some philosophical rant that ends with you feeling like a fool. Maybe sometimes, it's better not to ask. But, if there was one consistent truth behind the whole ordeal, you would likely have to pay a high price for it. And of course, you pay to get married too.

One of the reasons she speaks can be likened to Siamese twins. Often one partner of the marriage will feel suffocated, and complain their partner is too clingy. Although funny to think of, it makes it hard for some couples to have outside interests; the clingy partner demands the presence of the other, at all times. Granted, some couples can learn to be happy this way, but other times it can lead to resentment. It's like eating chocolate. It's all sweet and good at first, but a steady diet of it will make you sick.

The Kindle version of the  book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. Click here to download it now and save yourself $7.99. I'm sure you will agree that once you have read through it, you will be appreciating your independence, even if newly found. And, if you have some additional great reasons for getting married, you're welcome to add them in the comments section below.

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Jay Leno: Gas pump prank

praqnk-featuredRan across this video that my friend Stephen Martin shared. We don't have advertising video screens above any of the gas pumping stations I've ever been to in Canada, but apparently they are fairly common in the U.S. The video below is reported to be a Jay Leno "Tonight Show" prank. Since this was posted online, it's become a viral hit. Watch the video below:

The couple is Will and Monifa Sims. They have become an Internet sensation since this video was published. MSN reports, 'the couple dipped into some impromptu karaoke with more charisma and musical talent than an episode of "American Idol.'"

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Dictionary of Superstitions

black-cat-featuredI knew my father-in-law wasn't well. I was outside getting some air when this big black crow landed on the fence about 15 feet away from me and was giving me the oddest look. I didn't think much about it. But the next day, when I was outside, the crow was back. On the third day the crow once again assumed its position on the fence; sitting exactly the same place on the fence it did the last two days. It didn't return the fourth day. We got a phone call that my father-in-law had passed away.

Are crows really a harbinger of death? There are a lot of superstitions based on crows with their ominous presence. Some even believe that they were a familiar to witches, but I find this all a bit ludicrous. One doesn't have to believe in these things if they don't want to.

Still, as a child, I recall how superstitious my father was. We were never allowed to walk underneath a ladder, and never allowed to put a rocking chair into motion without someone sitting in it. One time my brother and I were given some flowers from a funeral, but my father wouldn't allow them inside the house.

Our culture seems to be rife with superstition. Most of us will know of:

  • Friday the thirteenth
  • a rabbit's foot
  • horseshoe
  • end of a rainbow
  • chicken wishbone
  • itchy palms
  • beginner's luck
  • dropped dishcloth

David Pickering it the author of Dictionary of Superstitions. It is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the superstitions, old and new, of the English-speaking world, complete with their origins, meanings and variant forms. It includes just about everything from touching wood, crossing fingers and identifying future lovers to folk remedies, spells and modern beliefs relating to the lottery, the computer and the mobile phone. A first-class source book for the historian, folklorist and casual reader alike, it also offers antidotes to some of the most feared taboos. What should you do to avoid seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror? How can you walk safely under a ladder? Which is the correct end to crack open a boiled egg? This book has all the answers.

The Kindle version of the book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion, so this makes today... your lucky day! It's about 500 pages long, but it's easy to look up superstitions as they are all listed in alphabetical order.

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Jon Stewart on the Monsanto Protection Act

Monsanto-featuredJohn Stewart takes the government to task for sneaking through the Monsanto Protection Act which was buried in a much larger bill and then passed as law, and believe  it or not, was added to the bill anonymously. You would think those submitting something like this should be held accountable, and he compares it to comments left on posts and articles on the Internet. Of course comments are not really anonymous. People can be tracked and pinned down from the IP address.

What this law does, is that it gives companies producing GMO seeds immunity from the federal courts. That's right. Get sick and die. They can't be sued. Have a good laugh at the video below. Let's hope it isn't your last laugh....

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He’s Just a Sweet Transvestite!

If you're interested in watching the movie online or buying the movie, you can do it here at the Amazon website.

How many times did you see this movie? I bet everyone has seen it more than three times. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is considered to be the longest-running release in film history. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas.

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