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03 March 2015

Real Life Funnies

 I appreciate an elaborate joke from time to time, but I become transfixed when listening to a good, true, absolutely hilarious story. Ask my mom about the time the guy who would become my dad dropped by her house to introduce himself to her family...while she was out on a date, and you'll know what I mean.

Here are a few of the things that have made me laugh recently:

Seriously, Mandarin has a 4-syllable phrase for everything.

 I just thought this was the most literal food advertisement I've ever seen. Can you imagine saying, "Guys, you have to try the Oblong Burgers from this little street stall that I visited the other day! Best. Oblong. Burgers. Ever."

 My 17 year old sister, Anna, scolded Angel gently, telling him, "You're always putting stuff where it doesn't belong!" in response to his misguided attempts to clean the house. His response was to remove her mattress from her bed and put it somewhere it didn't belong:

 ...in the tiny bathroom. The absence of the mattress was actually not detected for several hours, and because this is the squat toilet, and therefore the one that everyone in the house avoids except for the most dire of emergencies, it was some time before they located her bed.

 At first glance, this appears to be a very normal "Rules for proper behavior at the park." I mean, good call, no drinking and no smoking, this is supposed to be a safe place for children...but wait, no cows? I mean, where else do you expect the cows to be if not at the park?

I tend to giggle when I'm nervous, which probably explains why I was laughing while taking this photo--it's not funny so much as it is nerve-wracking. Sarah loves having big brothers around to help her accomplish acrobatic feats in the pool. I'm thinking Angel ought to make this a fitness goal: Always be strong enough to balance an 8 year old with fully outstretched arms. Are you fit enough? Next time he ought to try it with me...or Anna as a stunt double...

17 comments :

  1. I love the mattress thing! Too funny!

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  2. Ha ha...love the cow one.

    Angel should audition for Cirque du Soleil

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  3. haha that oblong burger doesn't even look good!

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  4. LOL at dumb as a wooden chicken! That's a pretty good description, I guess you don't get much dumber than a wooden chicken! :D

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  5. Hahaha the mattress...and the oblong burger! Now I want to see if an oblong burger tastes any better than a round burger.

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  6. The mattress story is too funny! And I'm continually amazed at what Mandarin can express in so few syllables. We went over transliterations of popular American restaurant names and how they try to make them meaningful when translated into Mandarin -- my favorite was 赛百味!

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  7. oblong burger! ha! love that!

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  8. I love your sense of humor!!! And we all can enjoy a good laugh! You put a :) :) on my face today and for that I thank you!

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  9. Cows! haha. But so true. The park is no place for cattle :)

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  10. Ha! Good ones! Hope they manage to keep the cows out of the parks--I've heard stories of some cows invading the White House lawn even... (back in the days of Taft). Love the oblong burgers--maybe I should try ordering some next time I'm at Subway...

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  11. I think it's so wonderful and adorable how well of a relationship Angel has with your family!

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  12. Haha no cows, that is great. I love the translations I read on signs, they usually make for a good laugh:)

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  13. So, are we just ignoring the fact that the Oblong Burger place also sells babies with egg or cheese?

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  14. Rofl! Really craving an oblong burger right about now! :-D And damn, this Mandarin sounds even harder and more weird than Japanese :-D Also, in Bulgaria we should have a similar sign, but instead of cattle it would say "No horses"........Don't ask!

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  15. The oblong burgers is hilarious! That's a definite accomplishment for Angel. I cheered my whole life and always made my younger siblings play around in the pool. That's no easy task!

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