Another round of holy hilarity to get on with spring
COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
So, do you know why the chicken crossed the road? That was the question raised by my family at our Easter Sunday dinner table. But the answer was not at all what I expected: “To prove to gophers that it can be done!” an answer well-suited to spring days on rural Alberta highways.
Yes, it’s that time of year again my annual tradition of celebrating holy hilarity week with a selection of some of the best jokes our coffee companions have sent me over the past year.
As you may recall, this column picked up on the holy hilarity tradition seven years ago at the instigation of coffee companion Frank Breisch, a semi-retired Presbyterian minister currently residing in Calgary. He in turn had picked up the tradition from the Eastern European custom of post-Easter lightheartedness that celebrates, as he put it, “the great joke of Easter, the cosmic pratfall as God pulled the rug out from under the powers of darkness and death by the resurrection.”
The tradition is closely associated with the Polish custom of smigus dyngus, the delightful practice of family members surprising each other by sprinkling (or dousing!) each other with water on the Monday following Easter. And yes, that’s exactly what my Polish-heritage grandchildren did to my son and daughter-in-law once again this year, with a squirt gun joining the affectionate fun.
Here are some of the better coffee-cup groaners and chucklers our readers have sent me over the past year.
The first came labelled as The Grandma Test:
Grandma and grandpa stories seemed to dominate much of the humour of the past year. Here’s another example:
From one end of our lifespan to the other, several of the best bits of humour I’ve received have featured babies, and especially babies captured on video. One advertising video in particular really caught me by surprise, but since I’m not running video with this column, I’ll just have to describe it for you. (But for my web readers I can link you to one of the several video versions of it available online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_ArD_P0KI)
A Japanese mother-to-be is in the delivery room, accompanied by her husband and medical staff. The baby finally arrives. A nurse bundles the baby in a nice soft blanket and holds it up for the smiling parents to have their first look. All of a sudden the newborn baby reaches under its blanket, pulls out a camera, and snaps a photo of the proud parents.
A great way to advertise a brand of cameras, eh?
© 2009 Warren Harbeck