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?