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Knock Knock... Who's There?

Updated on March 3, 2009

Sometimes I make jokes people just don’t get.

I recently made a comment on a Hub that I think may have been completely misconstrued.  It was a satirical piece and I commented in like, but the reply I received was more of an “explanation” that appeared a little rude to me, considering.  Then I re-read my comment and realized it wasn’t the author in the wrong, it was me.  I understood why  he didn’t “get” me and considered correcting/explaining to him, but then thought I might come off wrong—again—and decided sometimes it is better to let some things go, even if it does mean some people will think I’m an idiot.  You see, online it is easy for people to not get my humor; I can be pretty dry and frequently will make tongue-in-cheek comments on top of it.  About 60% of the time I just don’t translate online well. 

Then later I’m sitting here staring at the computer and my husband asks what I’m trying to do. I told him I’m trying to come up with an original idea about Easter. He tells me I should just write about evil eggs. I should know better by now, but I ask, “Evil eggs?” He then goes into an explanation that we must be hiding eggs because they are evil and Jesus doesn’t want to see them. I’m summing up here. He has a corny sense of humor. He’s great at embarrassing our kids.

Later at night when I’m going to bed I tell him how our eight year old hid a stuffed dog when I went to tuck him into bed. The night before he was convinced the dog was making evil faces at him. No, I did not allow him to watch Poltergeist. We were joking we should dig the dog out and put it on his pillow for when he woke up and about the results that would ensue.

It made us laugh. It’s still making me laugh. A little twisted, but funny. You have to know the kid. Relax, we didn’t do it!

Anyhow, the whole thing got me thinking about humor.

Lack of a sense of humor can single problems such as forms of autism and schizophrenia.  The ability to develop a sense of humor starts with a baby’s first smiles at around 3 weeks of age and the first laughs from being tickles a couple of months later.  By 14-19 months old a child can distinguish between intentional and unintentional acts.  I learned humor helps us deal with anxiety and pain.  OK, yeah that’s great, but why do we have different types of humor?

Google has no answer.  There are several types of humor listed and there are ways to develop different types of humor.  There are ways to help encourage kids’ budding senses of humor.  All this leads me to two things (1) we probably develop the humor that are parents helped instill in us and (2) Mark Twain was correct: "Studying humor is like dissecting a frog -- you may know a lot but you end up with a dead frog."


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      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      Hi Lelah,

      Very funny I am just curious, you are not a comedian.....hahaha just kidding.

      ~ When I was born, I was so surprised that I did not talk for one & a half year. ~

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      omg - you are funny! And I'm also quite sure your little one is being smothered with TLC what with the flu and all! And did I remember to tell you you're funny?? :D

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      LelahKimball 8 years ago from USA

      Cris--I laughed. I got it. I asked my husband and he didn't get it. He said you don't hide devil eggs. I'm confused by his reply.

      Lgali--Thank you.

      Shalini--The poor baby is sick with the flu. I guess someone forgot to inform the flu shot what its purpose was. He told me that he needs to sleep with me (the rule in our house is sick kiddos can sleep with mom, sick dads sleep on the couch). I told him the dog is plotting. The look on his face made me fall over laughing.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Lelah - I would have wanted to do the dog bit too - might not have finally, but would have wanted to! Am I evil - I must be! *evil grin* - however, like you, I have to admit, it does not stretch to being corny like my husband :D

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      very funny article

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      Now Chris, I thought that was very funny and clever!!!!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I think sense of humor, though can be influenced, is definitely inherent. Just my two cents. One question though, what's the diff between evil eggs and deviled eggs? That's just my sorry attempt at being funny. Sorry. :D

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA


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      LelahKimball 8 years ago from USA

      Ah, maybe I did inherit it. My mutt pedigree has me at 15% English. It does take awhile for people to "get" me.

      PM--I'm not worried about it. This particular author just assumed I didn't get his style and explained it to me. My first thought was "Huh?" My second thought was not family friendly. Then I figure he needed the explanation. Than I thought, I'd come off looking like the not family friendly word. But others who didn't get it are probably thinking I didn't get it either. Oh well, such is life.

      It's a cute dog. The Build-a-Bear Black Lab. He just had some kind of bad dream and saw the dog as he was waking up--I'm guessing. He's such a chicken it would be hilarious for him to wake up and freak out over the dog. Yup, I'm mom of the year. He'd forgive some day; he's developing my sense of humor--dry not corny like his Dad's.

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      I don't know what hub you were worried about, but I don't know that I would ever think of you as an idiot. I chase cans down my street and into ditches, and hopefully only the idiots see me as an idiot!! I personally think you are very funny, although I wouldn't want you to put an evil dog on my pillow. :-)

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Developing a dry sense of humor is *easy*. Just hang out in any village in England not part of Greater London for a month or so...OR be lucky enough to inherit it from the 80% of your ancestors who hailed from there like I did.  ;)

      Because it's soooo subtle and dependent on facial expressions, it IS hard to write it in such a way that you won't be misunderstood.  Several years ago, tho, I was on a mailing list (an email discussion group) made up of mostly Brits.  Some bloke from Texas came on who was arrogant, rude, and crude.  Perfect example of the term "Ugly American".  Several members kept the rest of us ROTFL for days cutting the guy off at the knees. Anything he said, the razor-sharp replies would be couched in that particular brand of Brit politeness, and he never "got" he was the subject of a public roast. He finally posted that we used words that were "too fancy" - judging by his remarks, that meant any word with more than two syllables - and went away.  But oh it was funnny while it lasted!

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      LelahKimball 8 years ago from USA

      I like the way your sister thinks. I can just imagine your parents' confusion. I'm going to go look for your hub. I don't really write humor simply because I'm no good at it, but I'd love to learn. I adore the funny pieces.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I loved this and thought it was full of dry humorous insight.

      I totally agree with what you are saying.

       About the humorous egg: My elder sister used to convince this poor innocent  youngster, me, to get up early on Easter to find and re-hide the Easter treats in different places, before we got up for the 'show' Easter hunt.

      I do have a hub about writing humor-- though it is not really  humorous in itself.

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      LelahKimball 8 years ago from USA

      Goldentoad--all I can do is laugh.

      Pam--The dog is still stuffed in the corner under some toys, but I think it will have to come out soon. lol The whole idea is still making me laugh.

      What can I say, I love Vonnegut and Joseph Keller hooked me with Catch 22 at 13. I get them. I'm not sure I was really ready to post this piece, or post it here, but the timing seemd right since it happened here a couple of nights ago and posted a not-so-serious hub in a request answer.

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      Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

      Sorry, but first I have to LOL at goldentoad's comment! LMAO!

      I understand what you're saying, and it's a subject I've often wanted to write about as well. Humor doesn't always translate in writing, and dry humor sometimes doesn't translate in real life unless you know the person fairly well. I always appreciate writers who manage to write good humor, especially the kind that sneaks up on you. ;)

      The funny stuffed dog story you told...wicked humor. ;) lol! :D

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      We shouldn't laugh about such things.