Light relief

Because laughter is the best medicine, I thought to share the occasional links I locate while recovering from having my tonsils removed. The operation was on Tuesday, today is Thursday evening, and I have a neck that is twice its normal width, a throat that is a strange combination of colours and textures, and probably far too much codiene in my system to make any sense at all. Despite this I managed to find The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce with some of the best witticisms there are – I particularly liked this definition of Accident n. An inevitable occurrence due to the action of immutable natural laws.
and this: Wedding n. A ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable.
Finally, Twice adv. Once too often.

Psychologists are known for asking some really odd questions – like ‘Why do we swear?’ Anyone can tell you why – it’s to shock parents! Or what we do after we’ve stubbed a toe or hammered a thumb. Oh all right, then, take a look at the article – which, as all good research articles should, ends with a call for ‘more psychological research to be done on this topic’.

And some cute metaphors for life:

  • “If you board the wrong train, is is no use running along the corridor in the other direction”  Dietrich Bonhoffer
  • “It’s a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way” Christopher Morley
  • “One recognizes one’s path by discovering the paths that stray from it”  Albert Camus
  • “Reading is a means of thinking with another person’t mind; it forces you to stretch your own” Charles Scribner Jr

Last but not least – I think I could do with one of these…can you think of anyone who might need one too?


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