In the Humor-Is-Where-You-Find-It Department, a recent trip provided one goofy moment after another. Yet more proof that a lot of little things can add up to funny.
On the way to the airport I saw a billboard that read:
YOUR WIFE IS HOT!
So let us fix your air conditioning.
(Nice marketing. Kudos to whoever thought that up.)
Then at the airport I spotted a guy wearing this t-shirt:
Dads Against Daughters Dating
(That made me laugh. I’ll bet his daughter is so proud…)
As I went through security, by some miracle there was no line. So I was able to relax and take my time removing my shoes, belt, laptop, small bottles with 3.5 oz or less of liquid, and assorted metal objects. I noticed there were new bins (trays?) for putting all this stuff on the screening belt. Printed inside the trays on the bottom were quotes in large letters by Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. While I don’t recall the sentiments, it did strike me as amusing that the TSA was quoting famous rock bands not exactly known for their strict compliance with drug laws.
Has the TSA developed a sense of irony?
Then, waiting for the plane I checked my email, and someone had sent me this quote about Mothers Day:
“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” (Florida Scott-Maxwell)
Boy, I thought. I can relate.
On my return flight, I discovered that the men’s room urinals at the St. Louis airport each have a sticker of a housefly pasted smack dab in the middle. This is evidently to give guys something to aim at. (Yes, we guys are easily entertained and love a target. Although the disappointment of discovering the fly is phony is definitely deflating.) But my question is: who thinks this stuff up? I want to interview that guy and ask him what else his job entails.
And the poor guy who had to paste all those stickers? I’d like to meet him, too. But as my brother Jeff observed, I wouldn’t want to shake his hand.
* Note: I want to applaud the St. Louis airport for affirming what every guy from the beginning of time has known: peeing is competitive. It’s another version of aim-and-shoot.
** Alert reader Kim Power of Melbourne, Australia now informs me that it was the Germans who first came up with the fly-in-the-urinal strategy. Those clever Huns!
*** Alert commenter Steven tells us that the fly target is there in hopes that by aiming at the fly, guys won’t miss the urinal altogether.
**** I’m truly sorry if this little anecdote offends your sensibilities. As I’ve often remarked, “people who tell bathroom jokes have a self-defecating sense of humor.”
Finally, seated on the plane, I was watching the last people board, and I recalled another recent boarding experience:
Flying home from a concert the night before, I had just sat down in a window seat, and happened to look up at a woman coming down the aisle with her luggage. We made eye contact, she seemed to recognize me, and in a loud voice (I swear this is true) she said, “You were great last night!”
After a split second, I knew she was talking about the concert. But nobody else did. As 20 or so pairs of eyes looked up to see who had uttered those words in public, this poor gal turned the color of a ripe tomato.
I tried to tell her thanks, but everybody was laughing too hard.
So keep your humor radar turned on – there’s funny stuff everywhere.
© 2013 Greg Tamblyn
Photo submitted by alert reader David Goodman. Thanks, Dave!