Posts under ‘Humor’

Was Shakespeare Shakespeare? Twain didn’t think so.

There is credible evidence that Shakespeare’s works were written by somebody other than him, and Mark Twain argues the case as well as anybody: Mark Twain doubted Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him Mark Twain doubted Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him

Man in U.S. arrested for being naked in his own home.

This story is just too bizarre, and yet, the U.S. is becoming more bizarre by the second so I guess it should come as no surprise that a man is arrested in his own home for being naked. This story could serve as a good cross-cultural discussion topic. I have no doubt that students from […]

The Funeral Procession

This joke might serve as a good starting point for a discussion or activity about in-laws. A woman was leaving a convenience store with her morning coffee when she noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery. A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind […]

But only one person called to complain…

For some reason, this strikes me as funny: Cable glitch switches religious program to racy ad PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia cable network’s early morning broadcast of a Good Friday service at the Vatican abruptly changed to something wildly different — a 30-second “Girls Gone Wild” ad. Comcast spokesman Jeff Alexander says the 2 a.m. Friday […]

Wacky excuses for being late to work

This is clearly a corny article with an even cornier list of excuses, but it could serve to stimulate a fun activity. Working in small groups, I would first have students either choose one of the excuses or, better yet, make up a new one, perhaps one more relevant to local culture and living. Next, […]

Safety net?

Somehow the plan to build a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge does not make sense to me. Granted, suicide is tragic from any angle. But lots of things in life are tragic, and it appears that “The California panel that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge”, whoever they are, have decided that it is […]

Fun test

This test is just fun, but could also be used as an exercise in proofreading or attention to detail: 1. What do you put in a toaster? Answer: “bread.” If you said “toast,” give up now and do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question 2. 2. Say […]

See ya later, George

The world just got a little more boring with the death of George Carlin. George was not only really funny, he had a unique insight regarding language. Here’s a sampling of his clean material, i.e., stuff you can use in class: If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he […]

The following were allegedly taken from actual church bulletins. Regardless of their authenticity, they do make for a humorous lessen on idioms, verb phrases, and ambiguity. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’ Our youth basketball team is back in action […]

Words of wisdom

Many of the following jokes are takes on well known proverbs. In a class, they could be used as a lesson by asking students to match them with the original proverbs. 01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not […]