I like to think of myself as a mixture of high brow and low brow, of deep compassion and dark humor. Maybe nothing expresses my interest in low brow dark humor quite so well as Jack Handey and his Deep Thoughts. Here are a few of my favorites for your enjoyment and/or disapproval.
A funny thing to do is, if you’re out hiking and your friend gets bitten by a poisonous snake, tell him you’re going to go for help, then go about ten feet and pretend that *you* got bit by a snake. Then start an argument with him about who’s going to go get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That’s why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke.
If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you’ll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
It’s funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.
One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. “Oh, no,” I said, “Disneyland burned down.” He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.
And my favorite, which I printed and taped to my wall while in middle school:
“Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn’t seem quite so funny.”