Ha! Ha! – Let’s Celebrate National "Tell A Joke" Day

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Tomorrow is National Tell A Joke Day. It is observed every August 16th.

What’s better than a day filled with laughter?

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A joke, quite simply, is something that is said with the purpose to cause amusement or laughter. The final sentence, known as a punchline, often provides a humorous twist or ending.


Jokes come in many different styles, including:

  • One-liners – As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.
  • Puns – Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.
  • Stories or anecdotes – Remember when people had diaries and got mad when someone read them? Now they put everything online and get mad when people don’t.
  • Non Sequiturs (jokes that make no sense) – “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Parodies – “Like a Surgeon” and pretty much everything else by Weird Al Yankovic.
  • Knock-Knock jokes  –“Knock, knock,” “Who’s There?” “Little old lady.” “Little old lady who?” “I didn’t know you could yodel.”

They can also be physical such as screwball, pranks, pratfalls, and slapstick. The Three Stooges (a personal favorite!) were the epitome of slapstick.

Three Stooges

Regardless of the method of delivery, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire, (think “The New Yorker” or “Saturday Night Live”).

Jokes have been an integral part of human history for centuries, (it is thought that Palamedes, a Greek mythological figure, invented jokes as well as counting, currency, weights and measures, and several letters of the alphabet), and many great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.

How to Celebrate?

    • Tell a joke to every person you meet on that day.
    • Pick up a joke book and read it in your spare time.

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    • Watch your favorite comedians.

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  • Take a comedy/improv class, or sign up for open mic night at a local club.

Did You Know . . .

. . . Laughing can make us healthier. It improves our immunity, helps regulate blood sugar levels, improves sleep, and releases endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals) into the brain.

. . . Gelotology (from the Greek gelos “laughter”) is the study of laughter and humor, and their effect on the human body.

. . . Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories.

Planning a wedding?

Honor National Tell A Joke Day on your wedding day by:

  • Print a little humorous joke on your programs.
  • Have a comedian entertain your guests at your reception.
  • Incorporate jokes into speeches and toasts, . . .
  • . . . and the MC’s comments.
  • Jokes can be on little signs or table numbers, . . .
  • . . .in your ceremony readings,
  • . . . and in your ceremony vows.

Be sure to clear any jokes that are to be used during the ceremony with your officiant first, and make sure that all jokes (for ceremony and reception) are appropriate for all ages (remember you’ve got grandma and the ring bearer listening).

Here’s a few that you may want to try –

“They’ve been going together for so many years, instead of the Wedding March the organist should have played the Hallelujah Chorus.”

“The bride looks absolutely stunning, the groom looks absolutely stunned!”

“The groom was not a pretty baby – his mother got morning sickness after he was born.”

“The bride wept, the bridesmaids cried – and even the wedding cake was in tiers.”

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59 Literary Love Quotes for Every Romantic

Do I Love You - The Princess Bride

Words don’t come easy for all of us, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. The most famous writers even say the feeling of love can be indescribable.

If Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen have a hard time finding the perfect words to explain love, you deserve a little help.

Writing your wedding vows can be super intimidating. Instead of getting overwhelmed, why not get inspired!

Today I’m sharing this Love Quotes Interactive from ProFlowers.

Use the filter buttons (Hopeless Romantic? Cynic?) to find the type of quote that is perfect for your bride or groom.

She Never Looked Nice - Rainbow Rowel
Incorporate these love quotes in:

  • your wedding vows
  • a love note to send your fiancé before the ceremony
  • or even in fun signage at your reception

People Think A Soul - Eat, Pray, Love

These quotes are also perfect for Valentine’s Day cards!

Thanks to Taylor Poppmeier from ProFlowers for this fun, and inspirational, Love Quotes Interactive.

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8 Simple Tips to Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

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As a special way to make their wedding uniquely theirs, more and more couples are writing their own wedding vows. If that is in your plans, here are some things to keep in mind for writing your wedding vows.

*This can be a huge undertaking. It is like being an author/poet and public speaker at the same time. Some people can pull it off and others can’t. Think about it clearly before you commit to making it an integral part of your ceremony.

59 Literary Love Quotes for Every Romantic

*Make sure it’s even possible. Many churches don’t allow personalized vows. Instead couples are required to recite a specific and traditional set of vows. Even officiants who OK the concept may want to have final approval of what you have chosen to say.

*Start early. You may have learned to cram for finals in college, but writing your wedding vows is not the time or place to just “jot down a few ideas the night before and wing it.”

Wedding Vows

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*Make sure that both of you are on the same page. The bride may have something serious and somber in mind, while the groom is thinking funny and light. Talk about the tone of the vows that will work for both of you. Pick a common theme to guide you both. Consider this – do you want to know what he/she will say before the ceremony or is it to be a surprise?

*Feel free to copy words or ideas from books or plays. Quote a famous poet or author whose work resonates with you.

*Remember what the point of a wedding vow is. It is a solemn promise, a verbal contract if you will. Don’t make the vows so personal that no one knows what you are talking about – this is not the time or place for “inside jokes.”

*Don’t go on and on and on. . . Time how long it takes to say your vows, and adjust accordingly. One minute or so is usually enough.

*Practice, practice, practice. (But remember that it is OK to read your vows so you don’t have to memorize them).

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Book Review – Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies by Derl Keefer and Cheryl Rohret

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Book Review – Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies

These days there are so many books and planners that emphasize the “fun” aspects of planning a wedding (ex. reception, music, food, gown) that the actual wedding ceremony itself becomes nothing but an afterthought. It’s refreshing to find a book that is easy to use, and offers a number of variations for your wedding including different options for your vows and readings.

Although aimed at the wedding officiants, Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies can prove invaluable to any couple who wish to be actively involved in planning their wedding ceremony. The authors include ceremonies for specific situations such as “older couple, previously married,” and “second marriage with children.” This book offers different options for creating a personalized ceremony while retaining the dignity and respect deserving of such an event.

There’s no frou-frou or fluff, it gets straight to the point. The only “drawback” to this book is that it is aimed solely towards Christian ceremonies.

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