humor Archive

The Irony of Autocorrect

Please get your right hand ready, and indulge me in a little “show of hands” survey. All right. Show of hands. How many of you have a cell phone? That’s all of you. When you are messaging or posting, how many of you have ...Read More

The Fact that You Know It Doesn’t Make It True

Life Lessons from the Front Porch What does it mean to “know” something? Great thinkers and philosophers have been debating this from time immemorial. There is even a branch of study devoted to this. It is called epistemology. The study of how it is ...Read More

Improving Popular Music through Correct Grammar

(The misguided ramblings of a Grammar Guardian trapped in a culture that couldn’t care less) Being a recovering (but not very quickly) grammar nazi in today’s society definitely has its challenges – social media chief among them. But as difficult as it is sometimes ...Read More

Something Missing This Christmas?

As we enter this festive season, it seems as though there’s something missing. You feel it too, don’t you? It’s simply this: the Rolling Stones have never released an album of their holiday favorites. Who wouldn’t want to hear Mick warble a few spasms ...Read More

The Search for Intelligent Life Continues

The search for intelligent life continues… I’m not talking about somewhere in outer space, I’m talking about right here on earth – in your town and mine. And it’s not just people. The bottom of the “brain chain” here in Nashville is occupied by ...Read More

What the Machines Are Telling Us

It was 1980 and I was working at San Jose Hospital in San Jose, California. I had a new wife, a new baby boy, and the future was glowing with promise. Hospitals are busy places, and seconds can mean the difference between life and ...Read More

26 Words that Are Fun to Say

snollygoster fopdoodle codswallop slangwhanger metagrobolized rowdydow brouhaha hobbledehoy flibbertigibbet rumbus ballyhoo gallimaufry higgledy-piggledy hornswoggle hoodwink gobbledygook kerfuffle pettifogger supercilious collywobbles frippery gewgaw mellifluous bamboozle boondoggle flabbergasted ...Read More

How to Excel at Your Job and Fail at the Same Time

What do you do when achieving excellence in your field and achieving your employer’s desired results are mutually exclusive? That is the question faced by the career sign spinner. Sign spinning, or sign twirling, began somewhere around 2006 as a means of directing the ...Read More

Serendipity and Toe Covers

Bright and early each Saturday morning, I set out on a quest, as I have every Saturday morning for the past 35 years or so.  (I also set out IN a Quest – I drive a Nissan Quest van).  I am part of a ...Read More