What's Wrong With Me I can't Stop Laughing?
Ever since I can remember everyone in my family has had a great sense of humor and my brothers and sisters and I would always find ways and I mean search high and low for things to make each other crack up. One of my brothers especially was the clown in our family, he would do impressions of famous people, neighbors, teachers etc. He was good at it, he would also entertain us by singing because he has such a great singing voice. Too bad of late we have fallen out and he has basically left the building but my point that I am trying to make is that when my family gets together we laugh, a lot.
This brings me to ahem, my problem. I have a laughing problem I guess you could say. I mean I laugh a lot. But there are certain people that when in their presence will make me laugh just because they are there, such as a couple of my sisters. I mean we cant even be in a situation like being in church because if something unusual happens and we dare look over at each other then that will get us to laughing, but the problem is I’m always the one that keeps laughing and cannot stop until I’m coughing, honking, peeing my pants kind of laughing and it is so embarrassing. I guess because when I see something that I think is funny, I take it to the extreme and see stuff that others do not see. I mean I don’t like laugh at funerals or anything schizoid like that, but heaven forbid if I am somewhere and see someone fall down, I will help them up but I will be cracking up while I’m doing it. I’m sure that more than one person has thought I was loony, and not to mention rude but I don’t mean to be by any means.
I remember the first time that this happened it was at school, I was in front of the classroom and reading a report that I had written. Well someone said something funny about my paper and everyone started laughing including me. The trouble was when everyone stopped laughing, I was still laughing and I couldn’t stop myself, I felt myself losing all sorts of control but I couldn’t stop and everyone just stared at me like I was a cuckoo bird. So I guess you could say it was a sort of nervous laughter because I was put on the spot and that is what has happened since, anytime I get nervous or am put in the center of attention for any reason, I get really nervous and get this hysterical laughing fit. It has been embarrassing for me on more than one occasion. I do like to laugh, it makes me feel good to laugh but its embarrassing for me when I cant stop.
Now if you happen to be a person like me and you have this problem I have found a few things that you can do to preempt your laughing fit.
- When you feel a laugh coming on that is at an inappropriate time then bite the shit out of your bottom lip or the side of your cheek. The pain will make you stop laughing.
- Start a very complicated math problem in your head and that will distract that crazy brain of yours to stop laughing. If you are like me and cannot even balance your check book this will keep you busy long enough to get over that awkward moment.
- Pretend to go into a coughing fit instead so that people don’t know you are laughing and the coughing will stop your laughing most of the time. You really have to practice this one to get quite good.
- If heaven forbid you are at a funeral and you feel that uncontrollable laugh coming on you can kind of hide your face and pretend to be crying loudly, this works because at that octave a laugh really sounds like crying.
- If worse comes to worse and you cannot stop it then just remove yourself from the situation completely, whether you are in a meeting, at church, in school or at work whatever the case maybe, just run don’t walk out of there and don’t stop.
Now there are plenty of things that will make me laugh when others don’t see the humor in it like people getting hurt, not seriously hurt but like I said before, falling down will always do it and when someone hits their head on something. Even when I hit my own head, it will make me laugh at myself. Sometimes if a person is telling me something that is too serious or kind of sad I have to really fight the feeling to not laugh…awkward. Sometimes just reading something in a book will get me going like when I first read “dropping trou” in a book once, it cracked me up for a good 5 minutes and I will still laugh when I hear someone say that. I guess I just have to come to grips with the fact that I will one day literally die laughing. Oh well go figure.
Some of my favorite movie lines that still crack me up:
You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
Hey, Spider, that fuckin' bandage on your foot is bigger than your fuckin' head.
Try an association. Like uh... let's say the average person uses 10% of their brain. How much do you use? One and a half percent. The rest is clogged with malted hops and bong resin.
When Harry Met Sally
All I'm saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.
My Mama says that alligators are ornery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.
There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
40-Year Old Virgin
Know how I knew you were gay? You like Coldplay.
If she starts waxing his pubes, I'm outta here.
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