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Any Other Name

Every month my primary school would have an assembly to give awards to the achievers of the month. Those who were awarded the small yellow certificates signed by the principal would run straight to their parents after school, their grins essentially indestructible. The student assigned to read the names on the certificate would do so effortlessly, and one by one the students trotted out to the front of the stage. Then, he paused. The auditorium paused. “Staff-a…Stepha…Stefatina?” The only Stefatina in the school got up, looked at the certificate and shook her head. It wasn’t hers. I knew exactly who that certificate belonged to but I sat quietly waiting in the hope that they would eventually pronounce the nine letters in the name with ease. In a recent study by Laham et al, it was found that in general those with easy to pronounce names have things a bit easier. In the five studies conducted it was found that compared to those with difficult to pronounce names, people with simpler names are judged more positively, …

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You’re Sensitive, You’re Pretty Awesome

Amid the constant flurry of activity that our day-to-day is composed of, we tend to overlook and forget things. Little things like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, or medium-sized things like compliments and concern, or big things like compassion and empathy. Perhaps we tend to push these things aside because we feel like they don’t need to be spoken, as if somehow through the magic of osmosis, our friends, families and acquaintances will just know that we understand. But there’s this other group of people who don’t think quite in this way. The people who are willing to tell you that you look good, who are game enough to understand the troubled look on your face, and who are brave enough to put an arm around your shoulder when you’re quietly sobbing after watching My Best Friend’s Wedding and fearing eternal spinsterhood. These people are the soul-hugging, rage-calming human equivalent of chocolate ice-cream: your sensitive friends. Your sensitive friends are the ones who are willing to listen. Whether face-to-face or a 4 hour midnight Skype session, your sensitive friends are …

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The Multiple Uses of the Selfie Stick

Oh, how lovely, you’ve gotten yourself a selfie stick. What’s that? Of course it’s terribly inconvenient to ask people to take a photo of you, and yes, they can be dangerous criminals who want nothing more than to steal your phone. Those 97 snapshots you took this morning of your omelette are incredibly sought after on the foodstagram market. So yes, having your selfie stick is much more trustworthy. But there are many other applications for your selfie stick. Your selfie stick kind of looks like an antennae from an analogue television set. Perhaps you can glue it on your head. You can make a career as a mobile reception unit. People needing better reception could call you up and you could spend time in their homes while they adjust your antennae till they get their set picture right. Expelliarmus! You could channel your inner-wizard and use it as a wand. Those annual tri-wizard tournaments your frat-house hosts won’t know what hit them. Plus you can take photos the entire time.  And if there just so …