We have been talking about the importance of humor in dealing with what is going on in the world, with our elected officials, and with our personal struggles. What better way to end 2015 than with humor, am I right?
And since it is also still Christmas (twelve days of it – until the Three Wise Men come to see the Baby Jesus), I have got to share with you some hilariously funny Cats Who Crash Nativity Scenes (h/t family friend). Before launching into the photos, the post had this snippet:
There’s an old Christmas legend involving a tabby cat who Mary and Joseph befriended on the night Jesus was born which may explain why you see tiny figurines of cats in nativity scenes. As the legend goes (or so our cat tells us), Mary was so grateful to the little barn cat for watching over Baby Jesus all night long that she reached down and petted his head. This, the story explains, is why the coloring on the heads of many tabby cats to this day seems to form a letter “M.”
As you’ll see from the following cat nativity scenes, many cats have not only never forgotten the role they played in the first Christmas, but insist on making sure no one else does either. Here you’ll find a collection of funny cat nativity scenes featuring kitties who insist on participating in the party, no matter how small the manger may have shrunk over the years. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I was literally laughing out loud at some of these. I hope you get a laugh out of them, too:
Aren’t those great?? There are way too many good ones to include here, so again, the link to see the rest of the slideshow is HERE.
No year end post would be complete without a look back from the incomparable Dave Barry. KenoshaMarge mentioned this post by Barry in a Comment recently, and it is just too good to not feature. Obviously, I cannot include all twelve months, so again, I urge you to go read the whole thing for yourselves. It will be worth it, and will put a smile on your face if not have you laughing heartily.
And now, a few months in review from Dave Barry:
… NBC suspends Nightly News anchor Brian Williams after an investigation reveals inaccuracies in his account of being in a military helicopter under fire in Iraq. “Mr. Williams did not actually come under fire,” states the network. “Also technically he wasn’t in a helicopter in Iraq; it was a Volvo station wagon on the New Jersey Turnpike. But there was a lot of traffic.” A contrite Williams blames the lapse on post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from killing Osama bin Laden.
Abroad, Greece, under intense pressure to meet its debt obligations, gives Germany two of its three remaining goats.
In the War on Terror, the White House, having struck a powerful blow with the James Taylor Tactical Assault Ballad, boldly follows up by — again, this really happened — hosting a three-day “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” featuring both workshops AND symposiums.
In weather news, Boston’s public schools are closed because of glaciers…
Barry had mentioned previously the very strong message Sec. Kerry had sent the ISIS terrorists by bringing in James Taylor to sing, “You’ve Got A Friend.” Yeah, that’ll show them…
And you may know that Brian Williams is back on air – at MSNBC, the “news” channel that pushes more propaganda than actual news, a perfect fit for Williams, I reckon.
Back to Barry’s Review:
… international soccer is rocked by allegations that bribery was involved in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a nation with little soccer tradition, as evidenced by the fact that the 12 stadiums it has built for the tournament all feature large decorative fountains in the middle of the playing field.
Elsewhere in sports, the Kentucky Derby is won by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, riding tight end Rob Gronkowski. All the actual horses in the race mysteriously collapse at the starting line from what Coach Bill Belichick speculates could be “allergies.” Brady also wins the Indianapolis 500 driving a U.S. Army M1 Abrams battle tank that averages only 30 miles per hour but proves to be extremely difficult for the other vehicles to pass.
Abroad, there is big excitement in England, where Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, produce another royal baby, who, in a sign of the changing times, is christened Princess Brooklyn Dakota. She joins the line of royals destined to spend their lives gamely trying to appear interested in an endless series of building dedications.
Oh, my – can you imagine? Some day, I expect that might just happen.
And finally, this snippet from Dave Barry:
… the world reels in shock after horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali. With rumors of new threats coming daily, the U.S. State Department briefly considers unleashing Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (code name “Doomsday Duet”) to sing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers but elects instead to issue a Worldwide Travel Alert, warning American citizens to avoid potentially dangerous areas, “especially the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.” The department assures Americans that “there is no need to panic,” stressing that they should “remain in bed paralyzed by butt-puckering fear.”
But November is not just a time for fear: It is also a time, as Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season, for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, religion or political views, to be deeply offended. Nobody is more offended than college students, who stage a series of protests over the racism, sexism, fascism, heteronormism and — trigger warning — insensitive Halloween costumes that constitute the festering hellhole of hurtful things that is the modern American college campus and THERE IS NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT IT. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Pieces like this help to bring some much needed relief from some of the tragic events in our world, fulfilling the premise that “if you don’t laugh, you cry.”
We all know “laughter is the best medicine,” and I hope that the New Year brings you far more laughter than tears.
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! This is an Open Thread.