Sunday, July 1, 2012

Something Funny for Today

Dear Reader,

I don't normally put funny things in my blog, but God didn't mean for us to always be serious.  He created us to have fun and to enjoy life.  He gave us a sense of humor.  I had the following in my email inbox since 2006, and thought I would share it with you.  Being a writer, editor, and author, I know I must have driven some of my teachers a little crazy back in the day too.  I have made several new friends, all writers, who I have grown a sweet affection for.  This is for them.  The laughs are for everyone.

Please enjoy, and remember,

"A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones."  Proverbs 17:22

"Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works".  Ecclesiastes 9:7

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays.

These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country.

Here are 2005's winners.....

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

16. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.

17. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

18. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

19. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

20. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

21. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

22. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

23. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

24. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.


  1. Love your post! I think #24 might be my favorite and by all means, do this again! We all need a bit of humor in our lives!

    1. Thank you, Sandy, I can't even pick one that I like better than the rest!

  2. I just love this post. I think it is very funny and I must say I needed that today. My favorite is number 22. Funnee! Someone should publish these in an E-book. All the best, Mary Firmin, author Deadly Pleasures.

    1. You know, as silly as it is, it is so descriptive that I can see it! Thank you for commenting, Mary!

  3. Hi Deirdre,
    These were hysterical. Like Mary, I laughed out loud at #22! The mental imagery these bring out is just too funny--perked me up after a tiring day. Please do some more.

    Hugs, Micki

    1. Thank you, Micki, I will put another funny post up soon. I don't want to change my blog from my thoughts and prayers too much. Hugs back to you, Deirdre

  4. I just saw your link to this blog post -- and I'm so glad I did! You gave me a smile this evening. I love #14, probably because I always hated word problems in arithmetic.

    1. I liked that too. Boy, I hated those questions on exams! L&K, Deirdre

  5. Oh my gosh, Deirdre. This is so funny. You have to give them credit. There's some really astounding imagery in some of these lines. :)

    1. I know, I remember writing some really funny stuff in high school. If only I still had it! Classic material! Thanks for stopping by Linnea! :)


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