For some sick and twisted adolescent reason I found yesterday’s Beard of the day pic hilarious. I pictured the two guys turning around, combined with the Beard in the rear’s expression, to mean they were blaming him for something.
Was it that the directions he had given were incorrect? Perhaps it was an ill planned music compilation? Or maybe that the inside of the vehicle suddenly smelled of a rather rotten flatulence?
Never the less, looking back on it made me realize that each of us have a very different sense of humor. We have different backgrounds, experiences and levels of maturity. Oops, what am I saying about my level of maturity here?
To examine myself I turn to my friend Google to look deeper and I found this definition from Jeb Brown’s dictionary at jebrown.us:
1) The ability to create new humor. It is believed that humor creation requires the humorist to put himself in another person’s shoes, to hear the joke the way it sounds to a listener who doesn’t yet know the punch line.
2) The ability to provoke laughter in others.
3) The ability to sense or identify humor, whether that humor is created by oneself or by others.
4) Street Definition: In personal ads, esp. in the personal ads and dating profiles of those who describe themselves as “sarcastic” (i.e. verbally abusive), “sense of humor” means “the ability to be the target of my verbal abuse without getting upset like I said something wrong.” In personal ads, “has a sense of humor” is often a code word for “Doesn’t get upset when I abuse him or her (as if the fact that I abuse others is somehow a judgment on them and not on me).” Ironically, this definition of “sense of humor” is used by persons who can’t put themselves in the shoes of others, due to a lack of basic empathy.
Today I contemplate humor and the sense of it. The last sentence of the definition above gives me pause to expand this contemplation.