I walked out of the restroom feeling extremely relieved with a lighter bladder only to run into my friend who had this constant smile plastered to his face. I had nowhere to run. Don’t get me wrong, let me explain why.
Have you ever been in a situation where you had your brain get extremely numb after hearing a bad joke? Cry, instead of laugh to it? Curl into a fetal position praying it was just a dream and you didn’t really hear it? Interestingly enough, a lot of people have this amazing rib cracking humour that only they have the modesty to label.
*Chemistry class: me trying to stay awake on the lecture of covalent bonds.*
The professor makes a ‘joke’,
“….the Covalent bond is not the distant cousin of James Bond, haha haha haha get it, get it?” It didn’t get the reaction she expected, but I was probably the only one sent out for groaning. But boy, was I glad to leave!
If you try a joke a second time and nobody laughs, don’t tell a different joke—tell different people.
― Jarod Kintz
It seems to be like a virus that spreads - people who want the spotlight directed at them (like it was a basic necessity) tend to catch this.
So there I was talking about the ethical hacking workshop to a few girls, (mostly to impress them with the smart words) along with my friends and one sadly (for me) spoke up, “so black hat hackers and white hat hackers, we can just tell them apart with their hats, right?”, with a grin that implied he had just said the smartest thing since Rakhi Sawant. I flinched so much they probably thought I was having a fit.
And then we have the people at the other end of the spectrum - the (sometimes) lucky ones who don’t get a simple joke and it needs to be explained once or thrice. You know, the ones who would be the last to laugh or would look straight at a joke and continue to do so like it was a staring contest. It is likely they had their funny bone removed due to a complication.
But if you look closely, the ones with the bad/poor jokes are the free-spirited, confident people who love to make people around them feel the same and laugh as much as they do, even easing up a situation (but mostly to fit in); it is indeed a strange world out there with us humans. Unintentionally, however, they end up creeping them out, but it’s all in good fun!
No matter where we go, we will end up having friends who do this with great charm (Hey! Sometimes, it could be you as well).
“Hey buddy, wassup!”
“Nothing man, just emptying the tank.”
“Ah, no wonder you look flushed!” And he roared with laughter.
And today, ladies and gentlemen, I will be the dimwit who doesn’t want to get that joke.
Photography By: Sarthak Dubey