Wednesday 27 July 2022

Sharpen your sense of humour

It's good to have a sense of humour. I find it keeps me happy when all around me is dull and sad and grey. So a bit of silly jollity and fun is what the doctor's ordered; even though you can't read his handwriting on the prescription.

Anyway ... what was I saying before you interrupted me ... oh yes ... jollity and all that. I've been told I have a peculiar sense of humour, which often got me in trouble at work. Let me give you some examples which you can try at home. These are tried and tested jollity type things you can try for yourself on friends and family.

On one occasion we had guests visiting, so before they arrived I went to the toilet and carefully unscrewed the toilet handle to flush it. (See photo above). The handle balanced delicately where it is meant to be. I told the family to use the bathroom upstairs.

It was fun waiting for a guest to go to the restroom downstairs and as they tried to flush the toilet the handle came out in their hand. Would they admit to having broken it? Would they say nothing? Try to fix it? What fun I had when someone, (an elderly lady from our Church committee), came back from the rest room and said nothing all evening. She was followed in by someone else who also obviously found the handle not where it was meant to be and said nothing too.

On yet another occasion I was alone at home waiting for some people from work. Only one turned up. A lady manager from Sales. I left her in the TV room and went to the kitchen to prepare some tea.

I previously had a cup which had fallen to the ground and broke neatly ... very neatly ... in two places.

You could put the two halves together and no one would notice the cup was broken. So I put this and another cup on the tray, together with a pot of tea and milk. As I placed the tray on the table I pretended to have forgotten the sugar and went back to the kitchen telling my colleague to pour the tea.

You can imagine what happened when hot tea went in the "two-halves" cup. The cup split in two and there was tea everywhere. The woman was mortified and apologised profusely thinking she had broken the beautiful expensive china cup. I pretended it didn't matter, and that made her feel even worse. What fun that was! (I hope she doesn't read this Blog).

Another prank you might try ... we were having a number of guests for an evening meal. About ten people or so. Too many for their coats and jackets to hang on the coat hanger. So I told them to go up to the spare bedroom, first room on the right upstairs, and leave their coats on the bed.

There on the bed, on a plate, was a fresh fish which I'd placed earlier.

I had no intention of eating the fish. It was given to the cat later that evening. I just put it there to test my guests' reactions. Not one of them said a thing. 

The first course of the meal was salmon. I noticed most of the guests were hesitant to partake; especially the women. My wife did not know about the prank I'd played with the fish on the bed. Which made it all more fun. I just went up and removed the fish and gave it to the cat who promised me total secrecy.

The last fun example was purely fortuitous. I did not plan it.

I was at home alone. The family had gone to London. I got a call from work at about 5:00pm saying I was needed for an urgent meeting at our HQ up North. I packed an overnight case and planned to travel very early the next morning. I'd be away from home for about 36 hours or perhaps two days. 

I rang the neighbour and asked her if she could pop in the following day and feed the hamster in his cage. She had a key to our house. She was a kind lady who loved animals and always taught our children how to look after pets like dogs, cats, rabbits and so on. She readily agreed.

The following morning as I was leaving home I noticed the hamster was dead in his cage. He must have died in the night. It was too early in the morning, about 5:30am, for me to ring my neighbour and tell her. I left on my travels and forgot all about it.

You guessed it. She came to feed the hamster and found him dead. 

When I returned home she came running to our house apologising and explaining that she found him dead. She did not do anything to harm him. She said she liked pets and was most ashamed and worried that our hamster had died.

I did not tell her that the creature was already dead because this would have made matters worse. I tried to calm her down with a sherry, (or was it brandy?) I remember she had two glasses!

So there you have it. Three tricks you can play yourselves and have fun when you're feeling a little down.


  1. HaHa! Great Victor...Great! Though l find the pranks
    a bit messy..what with the fish and the tea...was it the
    fish or the tea she got on her lap...HeHe! Joke there
    somewhere..! :).

    I've just spent the last hour and a half entertaining
    the Costa..none stop laughter,
    from start to finish, l used to get paid for it once upon
    a it's 'ALL' free..and great fun...! :).
    Next show..8.30..this coming Sat..! :).

    And talking fish..picked up a nice sea trout in Morrisons,
    ideal for the 7th Aug. One of the many dishes l'll do for
    my 40th annual barby...stuffed with mackerel, cod,
    salmon, various shell fish..etc..!
    Busy weekend next weekend...! Still...loaves and a few
    fishes will see the guests happy enough, lot's of booze,
    job done..! :O)
    🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾 🍾

    1. It's great to have a sense of humour, Willie. You should video one of your shows and put it on You Tube. I'll then post it here on my Blog.

      God bless.

  2. ...stay sharp my friend.

  3. That toilet trick is the best! Unfortunately (or fortunately?) we no longer have folks we dislike to visit.

    1. It's a good test of how honest are your guests. Another trick is to ask people to take their shoes off in the house for hygiene reasons. (I so hate it when people do that). Then tell them that the dog has chewed one of their shoes. See their reaction for fun.

      I once told a lady guest that the dog chewed her hat. She got very angry. I laughed. She was furious and said: I don't like your attitude.

      I replied: It's not my attitude, it's your 'at he chewed!

      God bless, Mevely.

  4. If I come to your house I will stop by a service station first to use the toilet. Thanks for the smiles. YES a sense of humor is missing to some folk.
    Love from here. Sherry & jack

    1. There's a service station near us. I'll go there and unscrew the toilet handle there too.

      Best wishes, Jack and Sherry. God bless you and yours.

  5. You're still sharp Victor. I see your point. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Bill my friend. God bless you.

  6. Like that writing on the doctor's picket signs. :)



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