Monday, December 1, 2008

A Strange Sense of Humor

Guys have a really weird sense of humor. Have you ever noticed that? This past year I've had the opportunity to study the male humor up close. Sometimes closer than I wanted to, and for longer periods. Being the only female living with six guys, I do occasionally have to remind my boys that this is not a locker room or a boys' dorm.
I do find it amazing the different things that guys find funny. For instance, you know that little smile that comes on a week-old baby's face? The one where everyone says, "that's just gas"? For guys, that smile continues well into adulthood. The daughter of a friend of mine is expecting her first baby, a boy, in January. I wrote her a list of things she should know about raising boys. One of the things I mentioned was that food and drink coming out the nose was always funny. I mentioned that to my nineteen year old and he cracked up. I thought he was laughing at my wit until he said, "It really is funny. I don't know why."
The male humor is unique. After all, do you see girls going around to friends saying, "Pull my finger"? How many females get together because they want to watch a Three Stooges marathon? It just doesn't happen.
The picture with today's post is from a Disney movie that came out sometime in the 80's. It's a funny movie about a scientist-type geek that gets to travel as an astronaut to Mars. I watched it. I laughed. I moved on.
My boys watch it on a regular basis. My husband watches it on a regular basis. Every time they watch it they howl with laughter as if it's the first time they've seen it. Most women I've talked to think the movie is funny, but stupid. Most men talk about how it's the funniest movie they've ever seen. Naturally, it has flatulence jokes. There's a laxative joke. There's a lot of physical humor. There's a monkey. All key ingredients to making a great guy movie, I guess. I still don't get it.
I think the next time Rocketman comes out, I'll go upstairs and watch a musical. Or a chick flick. Or the paint peeling on the walls. There's only so much guy humor I can take.


  1. You are so funny. I was reading it to Deenie, she told me she tought Gary was the only person she thought did the finger thing :) hehehe.

  2. of my dad´s all time favorite movies:) MEN:)


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