Posted by The_Elves

See if you can match these 20 famous names from church history with their pictures. Let us know in the comments how you did!

The quiz is here.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeChurch History* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

As my pointy-eared elven colleague reminded us last week "While Kendall's away, the elves may play." It's time to lighten up around here before summer flits away!

Yes, the world news is grim, but Proverbs 17:22 reminds us "A cheerful heart is good medicine", so please take a few minutes to share something that's made you laugh in recent days:
- a good (clean) joke you've heard;
- a limerick;
- a funny video or picture;
- an amusing story


Filed under: * AdminFeatured (Sticky)* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Filed under: * Culture-WatchMilitary / Armed Forces* Economics, PoliticsDefense, National Security, Military* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Robin Williams died this morning, his publicist confirms. You can read a statement from his wife Susan Schneider there.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Culture-WatchMovies & Television* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Expressing concern that his summer vacation is too quickly passing him by, local incoming seventh-grader Matthew Valentine told reporters Tuesday he now has just two weeks left in which to acquire a cool new identity before school starts.

The 13-year-old acknowledged that he must dedicate all his remaining free time to developing a socially acceptable persona he can display to his classmates, noting that he still has a lot of work to do if he is to assemble a recognizable combination of attitudes, style choices, interests, and favorite bands that will win his peers’ approval during the upcoming school year.

“The clock is ticking, and I still haven’t figured out who I’m going to be yet,” said Valentine, adding that he hopes to remake himself as a popular kid, a scenester, a rebel, a hip-hop head, or a member of some other respected social category prior to his first day of classes at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducationTeens / Youth* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted August 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionMusic* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted July 30, 2014 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all from Digg.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMedia* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryEngland / UK

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Posted July 12, 2014 at 11:10 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.


Filed under: * Culture-WatchGlobalizationMediaMenSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentarySouth AmericaBrazil

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Posted July 10, 2014 at 7:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

3. Encourage everyone to “take a step back”

There comes a point in most meetings where everyone is chiming in, except you. Opinions and data and milestones are being thrown around and you don’t know your CTA from your OTA. This is a great point to go, “Guys, guys, guys, can we take a step back here?” Everyone will turn their heads toward you, amazed at your ability to silence the fray. Follow it up with a quick, “What problem are we really trying to solve?” and, boom! You’ve bought yourself another hour of looking smart.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchPsychology* Economics, PoliticsEconomyCorporations/Corporate LifeLabor/Labor Unions/Labor Market* General InterestHumor / Trivia* TheologyAnthropology

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Posted July 8, 2014 at 5:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

"Sometimes I'm asked to do both [magic and funerals] at once," said Lee, 76, a licensed funeral director from White Plains, New York. "People have come to know both sides of me, so they ask. And I say, why not?"

Lee, who long ago claimed the moniker "mortgician" in his AOL email address, wouldn't call himself a pioneer or part of any special movement in after-death care. But he's among many who are turning the idea of the solemn, sedate funeral on its head.

Call it the rise of the personalized "fun funeral."

The wide range of what's considered "creative" or "unusual" when burying a loved one means there are little to no statistics on such practices, but industry experts say redesigning the standard funeral is increasingly popular.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionReligion & Culture* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spending* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted July 6, 2014 at 6:18 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Even we Christians seem to have sidelined joy in entertainment to explore the bleaker side of reality. We find ourselves praising sad standups for what they can teach us about our faith. We binge-watch shows like Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Mad Men for the way their broken characters and their brutal worlds will reveal the dark side of human nature. Yes, we've seen how recent heavy dramas can show us the real weight of sin and the moral consequences of our decisions, but these kinds of programs can't become our only tv obsessions.

Just as we proclaim a God of grace and justice, of love and law, Christians need balance in our pop culture engagement. So do our neighbors. We need the light of the funny, silly, and joyful to glow in the dark. Shiny-happy shows don't tell the full truth, but neither do shows that punch us in the face. We've spent enough time embracing suffering and being skeptical of joy and happiness. All the more so if, as C.S. Lewis said, "Joy is the serious business of heaven."

Fallon's spirit is no shtick. His joy has been there all along. As a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004, he notoriously broke character, holding back laughter in the background of a sketch or cracking a smile in the middle of a punch line. His critics cite these incidents as weaknesses. I think they prove how much he likes his job.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistoryMovies & TelevisionPsychologyReligion & CultureYoung Adults* General InterestHumor / Trivia* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesEvangelicals* TheologyAnthropologyEthics / Moral Theology

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Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

While our friends from India traveled around California on business, they left their 11 year-old daughter with us. Curious about my going to church one Sunday morning, she decided to come along. When we returned home, my husband asked her what she thought of the service.

"I don't understand why the West Coast isn't included too," she replied. When we inquired what she meant, she added, "You know, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the whole East Coast."

--Ann Spivack in Reader's Digest

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* General InterestHumor / Trivia* TheologyThe Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

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Posted June 16, 2014 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchAging / the ElderlySports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted June 11, 2014 at 11:28 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

So delighted to see"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" win Best Musical. We saw it and recoomended it last year BEFORE it opened. Do please put it on your list and check out the other winners.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMusicTheatre/Drama/PlaysUrban/City Life and Issues* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted June 9, 2014 at 5:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

Avoid alliteration. Always.
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
Employ the vernacular.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchPoetry & Literature* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted June 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Despite local married couple Jim and Nancy McFadden’s recent decision to seek new romantic partners while still staying together, sources reported Monday that the rest of the world’s population is not exactly jumping at the chance to partake in the open relationship. “No thanks, we’re good,” 7.1 billion global inhabitants of every age, race, and sexual orientation reportedly said "no thanks, we're good"...

Heh--Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchGlobalizationMarriage & FamilyPsychology* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted June 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out (Hat tip:TF).

Filed under: * General InterestAnimalsHumor / TriviaPhotos/Photography

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Posted May 9, 2014 at 5:16 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all from Jimmy Fallon.

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Tenuous connection to reality or not, Harmon says he is excited about combining exercise with his diet. “Now that I won’t be spending nine, ten, eleven hours a day parked in front of a computer working on this stupid blog, I can spend more time on my pilates.” Neighbors even claim they have been awakened in pre-dawn hours by the sound of Tae-Bo tapes, coming from Harmon’s residence.

“He used to be such a nice boy,” said Mrs. Mildred Kratz, an across-the-street neighbor of Harmon’s. “Always blogging. I’d see him in the yard and say, ‘Now Kendall, you need to get back in there and blog. That blog’s not going to write itself!’ And we’d just laugh and laugh. Nowadays, the only time I see him is when he walks down the driveway to get the mail, and even then, he doesn’t speak… just makes a big point to flex his glutes as he walks back inside.”

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the Internet* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When it comes to April Fools’ Day, human ingenuity seems to know no limits. Let me list a few of my favourite hoaxes and pranks from April the 1st:

• The full-page advertisement by Burger King announcing the arrival of the Left-Handed Whopper burger, ‘especially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans’.
• The statement that the next Popemobile would be pulled by a donkey.
• The announcement from Virgin Atlantic that they would launch an Airbus with a transparent viewing strip on the bottom, so that passengers could look straight down onto clouds.

Read it all.

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryEngland / UK

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Posted April 1, 2014 at 5:50 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

1976 At precisely 9:47 am on April 1, Pluto will pass behind Jupiter, causing a brief reduction in Earth's gravitational pull. Astronomer Patrick Moore urges his BBC Radio audience to jump into the air at that exact moment to experience a floating sensation. At 9:48, dozens of light-headed listeners begin calling the station to report their success.

Read it all.

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A special undercover investigation has revealed that Justin's Welby's Father, who is well-known now to have been a sort of Walter Mitty character, not only reinvented himself numerous times but changed his name on multiple occasions. His real family name was in fact Thyme.

There are possibilities, also, that Justin Thyme has a secret and unknown half-brother Steppen Thyme but these are as yet uncorroborated.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalArchbishop of Canterbury --Justin Welby* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 1, 2014 at 5:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

RNS: You describe the ways Christians try to work harder to please God. Is this the same challenge the Pharisees faced?

LS: The church today says the same thing the Pharisees did: “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you . .. . more work.” Actually, these are Jesus’ words, but he promised tranquility, not toil. To become a disciple of Jesus in today’s church is almost to be sentenced to hard labor, so far are we removed from the Hebrew understanding of life as Shabbat Shalom. It’s time to trade in our hard hats or pin stripes for a pinata … with some confetti thrown in.

In the earliest creation story, the first time we meet God, God is down and dirty–playing in the dirt, making mud pies, getting God’s hands dirty and wet, fashioning us in the divine image for the sheer pleasure of our company. Creation is not God at work, but God at play. Labor enters the story with the fall, and we prefer work to play because there is an out-of-control and surprise element to play.

We need to learn to play at life again. All beauty, artistry, excellence comes out of a play paradigm, not a work paradigm. When you work at something, whether it be life or relationships, sports or art, you’re forcing something to be rigid and mechanical that should be natural and pleasurable. We make it harder than it needs to be. Being the church doesn’t require us to earn God’s favor through deeds and acts. All we need to do is worship God in joy and pleasure. This is our nature. This is who we were meant to be.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted March 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Please watch it all from Jimmy Kimmel--very funny.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMediaMovies & Television* General InterestHumor / TriviaWeather

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Posted March 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In 2004, The New Yorker magazine quoted the screenwriter Dennis Klein as saying that Mr. Ramis rescued comedies from “their smooth, polite perfection” by offering a new, rough-hewn originality. The writer of the article, Tad Friend, compared Mr. Ramis’s impact on comedy to that of Elvis Presley on rock and Eminem on rap.

“More than anyone else,” Paul Weingarten wrote in The Chicago Tribune Magazine in 1983, “Harold Ramis has shaped this generation’s ideas of what is funny.”

Read it all.


Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryDeath / Burial / Funerals* Culture-WatchHistoryHunger/MalnutritionMovies & Television* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

CITY UNSURE WHY THE SEWER SMELLS

AT LAST SINGER ETTA JAMES DIES

CASE OF INNOCENT MAN FREED AFTER SPENDING 18 YEARS IN PRISON PROVES THE TEXAS SYSTEM WORKS

BRITISH LEFT WAFFLES ON FALKLANDS

Reader's Digest, March 2014 edition, page 23

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMedia* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 21, 2014 at 10:46 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Read it all

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:04 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Claiming that the mere thought is an “absolute nightmare,” WR 67c, a terrestrial planet from the distant Gamma Velorum star system, expressed its profound terror Wednesday at the possibility of one day gaining the capacity to sustain human life.

The 5.2-billion-year-old celestial body, which is located roughly 1,100 light years from Earth, said that for both its own sake and that of its entire solar system, it can only hope to never possess the necessary planetary characteristics and chemical elements needed to support either a deep-space human outpost or, more gravely, an entire human colony.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchScience & Technology* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 6, 2014 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch and listen to it all. "Overcheering"--LOL.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionSportsUrban/City Life and Issues* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted January 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch and listen to it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMusicTravel* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spendingCorporations/Corporate Life* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 30, 2013 at 8:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Enjoy the whole thing.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeChurch Year / Liturgical SeasonsChristmasLiturgy, Music, Worship* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 28, 2013 at 11:11 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

… when Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post with his own personal money, thereby ensuring that one of the nation’s most important newspapers will be able to continue producing in-depth, hard-hitting journalism, including an estimated 400 stories and columns in August alone about what a genuinely brilliant yet humanitarian genius Jeff Bezos is. Bezos says he does not plan to make any major changes, other than to deliver the paper in cardboard boxes and replace the stories with reader reviews of news events, using a five-star rating system.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, signaling a major change in the federal government’s policy regarding the War on Drugs, tells a meeting of the American Bar Association that he has a family of tiny invisible harmonica-playing giraffes living inside his nose.

In sports, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is indicted for murder; if convicted, under the strict new NFL rules aimed at reducing violence, he will have to sit out at least two games.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistory* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the InternetSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Noted blogger and conservative Anglican theologian The Rev. Canon Kendall S. Harmon, who runs the highly-trafficked weblog TitusOneNine, announced today that he is giving up blogging. Dr. Harmon, an Oxford-educated theologian, explained the sudden change as an inevitable move that was long overdue.

“No matter how you look at it, the Anglican blogosphere has been an abject failure,” Harmon said in a telephone interview from his home in Summerville, South Carolina. “What has it done? Has it exposed the spiritual depravity of the Episcopal Church’s leadership? No. Has it been a key source of information for tens of thousands of Anglicans in America, who up to now depended entirely on the mainstream media and diocesan newsletters? Please! Has it brought together orthodox Episcopalians from all over the country, and helped position them for a renewal of Anglicanism in North America? Yeah…” he huffed, “Right.”

Some of Harmon’s colleagues were stunned at his announcement. “I just saw him at a Starbucks in Plano a few days ago,” said The Rev. Canon David Roseberry. “He had his laptop open and his cell phone to his ear....

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the InternetHistory* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 15, 2013 at 5:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchDrugs/Drug AddictionHealth & Medicine* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spendingCorporations/Corporate Life* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted November 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

“Speaking of Pope Francis, obviously as an observant Catholic, I believe the pope is infallible. But he’s also wrong about a lot of things.”

“By the way, is the pope here? Pope Francis, are you here? Because if you were we probably wouldn’t know because His Humbleness would be out washing the feet of the coat check guy or something. We get it, you’re modest.”

“If Pope Francis were throwing tonight’s party we wouldn’t be in white tie at the Waldorf. We’d be in sweat pants crammed into a corner booth at the IHOP.”

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesRoman CatholicPope Francis

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Posted October 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Tom Leopold is a comedy writer who has written and produced for classic shows including "Seinfeld" and "Cheers," as well as for the shows honoring Tina Fey and Will Ferrell for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Three years ago Leopold converted from Judaism to Catholicism. He chronicled that spiritual journey in a one-man show, "A Comedy Writer Finds God." The show also explores how his family coped with his daughter's struggle with an eating disorder. Tom can also be found cohosting the radio show "Entertaining Truth" with Fr. Leo Patalinghug on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel. Here he talks with Managing Editor Kerry Weber.

Listen to it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* General InterestHumor / Trivia* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesRoman CatholicOther FaithsJudaism* Theology

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Posted October 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Watch it all until the end--it may not be what you think. LOL.

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted September 13, 2013 at 5:40 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Listen to the whole thing--I stumbled onto this by accident this week and I just love it--give it a couple of seconds at the beginning because it does not start cleanly; KSH.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMusic* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:50 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Watch it all.

Filed under: * General InterestAnimalsHumor / Trivia

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Posted September 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

ROFL--read it all.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralHouse of RepresentativesSenate* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted September 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

We don’t just laugh at funny things, the reason we chuckle is that it serves an important purpose in our lives, as James May explains.

Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchHealth & MedicinePsychology* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 14, 2013 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

If you young folks will take advice from anyone, after all, I don’t know if you've seen it — this week’s Time Magazine called you “lazy, entitled narcissists,” who are part of the “Me, Me, Me” generation. So self-obsessed - tweeting your Vines, hashtagging your Spotifys and Snapchatting your YOLOs - your generation needs everything to be about you. And that's very upsetting to us baby boomers because self-absorption is kind of our thing. We're the original "Me Generation," we made the last 50 years all about us. We took all the money. We soaked up all the government services. And we've deep-fried nearly everything in the ocean. It may seem that all that’s left for you is unpaid internships, Monday to Tuesday mail delivery, and thanks to global warming, soon Semester at Sea will mean sailing the coast of Ohio.

Now, in our defense, in my generation’s defense – how were we supposed to know that you were coming? We thought it went like this: every successive generation of mankind – and then us! Ta-dah – roll credits.
Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducationYoung Adults* General InterestHumor / Trivia* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted August 12, 2013 at 6:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Here are five versions, blog readers are challenged to share others they know or come up with their own additional suggestions--KSH.
How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?
Fourteen; one to change it and 13 to ask “what is change?”

How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?
A whole Synod: one to change the bulb and the rest to debate it until the room spins.

How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?A whole congregation: One to call an electrician, the rest to talk about how much better candles used to be.

How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb? Five: One to screw in the bulb and four to form a committee to preserve the old one.

How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb? The old one is quite good enough for us and there is no need to follow worldly trends and change it.

--The Diocese in Europe (of the Church of England)

Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted July 21, 2013 at 6:42 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryMinistry of the Ordained* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The fact that comedian Jackie Mason has begun talking about retiring only after nearly a half century in the business is a reminder of how conspicuously Jews have figured in modern comedy. A question also arises: What was a former rabbi doing in that showbiz job to begin with? Did Jackie think the comic was replacing the preacher? And why should Jewish-Americans, from Jack Benny to Jerry Seinfeld, have poured their soul into comedy the way African-Americans did into jazz?

Some Jews may use comedy as a means of reconciling their contradictory roles in history. According to the Hebrew Bible, the children of Israel agreed to be chosen by God of the universe as bearers of his civilizing law. Yet somehow the Jews' exalting and exalted mission resulted in their being targeted by some of the world's most determined aggressors—not once, but persistently, and with escalating intensity to the present day.

Since humor thrives on incongruity, it is perhaps no surprise that Jews should specialize in laughing at the fundamentally incongruous consequence of the divine promise....

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* General InterestHumor / Trivia* Religion News & CommentaryOther FaithsJudaism

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Posted June 28, 2013 at 11:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sammy Rhodes didn’t court Twitter fame. Maybe he flirted with it a little, but he only did it to make other people smile.

As the following grew for his 140-characters-or-fewer jokes posted under the handle @prodigalsam, Rhodes discovered the dark side of fame. Other Twitter comedians began to attack Rhodes for allegedly stealing jokes. As is typical in internet spats, it quickly turned personal and ugly.

“The internet has taught me two things: 1. People are the best. 2. People are the worst,” Rhodes tweeted on May 29.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/06/08/2809008/huge-twitter-following-not-always.html#storylink=cpy

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the Internet--Social NetworkingEducationReligion & CultureYoung Adults* General InterestHumor / Trivia* South Carolina

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Posted June 11, 2013 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Read it all. Heh.


Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia* TheologyAnthropology

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Posted June 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

"The rectory secretary is out this week, so none of the priests will be receiving their massages."

--From a church bulletin as submitted by Brite Templeton of Arizona, featured in the June 2013 Reader's Digest, page 165

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted May 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all. LOLOL.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & Television* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Absolutely, positively not to be missed--read it all and enjoy all the wonderful pictures (Hat tip: AH).

Filed under: * Culture-WatchChildrenMarriage & Family* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 11, 2013 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out--lol.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out--lol.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted April 2, 2013 at 9:58 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A cat is an animal intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

--Garrison Keillor, Reader's Digest, April 2013 edition, page 117

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted March 25, 2013 at 11:10 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Check it out

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Posted March 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties.

Read it all.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all. Clean humor, oh so funny.

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Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:08 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sender 1: smile . What are your plans for today then?x
Sender 2:Nothing beyond seeing you dead xx
Sender 2:DEAR!!!

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Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Our new minister pleaded with the congregation for help with a church project. After weeks with few takers. he called our house with this deeply felt, if not diplomatic, request: "I am scaping the bottom of the barrel for volunteers and wonder if you might be able to help?"
--Virginia Nifong, of Auburndale, Florida, in the February 2013 Reader's Digest, page 188

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryMinistry of the Ordained* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted January 17, 2013 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Would you like to make some extra money, and at the same time run the risk of being eaten by a carnivorous reptile the size of a war canoe? If your answer is “yes,” I have an exciting opportunity for you. It’s called the Python Challenge, and I am not making it up. It’s a real event that was dreamed up by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which apparently was concerned that Florida does not seem insane enough to people in normal states.

The Python Challenge is a month-long contest; its purpose, according to the official website (pythonchallenge.org) is “to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons.” Q. What do they mean by “raise public awareness about?” A. They mean “kill.”

Read it all.

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Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Watch it all--LOL (hat tip--Abigail Harmon).

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Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.

Example: This year the “reality” show Jersey Shore, which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid.

But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular new “reality” show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which, in terms of intellectual content, makes Jersey Shore look like Hamlet.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistory* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:48 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Wonderful stuff!

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeChurch Year / Liturgical SeasonsChristmasLiturgy, Music, Worship* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 27, 2012 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A Woman texts her husband on a frosty winter’s morning. “Windows frozen!”

Her husband texts back, “Pour lukewarm water over it.”

Five minutes later comes her reply. “Computer completely messed up now”

--Reader's Digest, January 2013 edition, page 13


Filed under: * Culture-WatchMarriage & FamilyScience & Technology* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When did nuns become funny?

Was it in 1967, when Sally Field first donned her absurd cornette and took flight in the ABC comedy “The Flying Nun”? Maybe it was 1985, when the musical “Nunsense” made its Off Broadway debut — soon to procreate, paradoxically, many sequels. Certainly nuns were safe sport by 1992, when Whoopi Goldberg appeared in “Sister Act,” a movie that later became a play in the West End in London and on Broadway.

Americans began laughing at nuns just as the nuns lost the power to defend themselves. In the early 1960s, Catholic nuns were plentiful, working in schools, hospitals and orphanages, and visible, wearing the habits prescribed by their orders. Today their numbers are diminishing, and many of them wear civilian clothes.

Read it all.

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Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:28 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Oh my &^%, trying to get a four year old dressed in the morning is like trying to gift-wrap a live ferret.

--Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire on his twitterfeed

Filed under: * Culture-WatchChildrenMarriage & Family* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

This is from the Carol Burnett Show with Harvey Korman as the dentist's patient.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & Television* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

This has to be listened to--catch it all.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralState Government* General InterestAnimalsHumor / Trivia

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Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out. Lol.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralOffice of the President* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The comedian Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York bantered onstage Friday night before 3,000 cheering, stomping, chanting students at Fordham University, in what might have been the most successful Roman Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World Youth Day.

The evening was billed as an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives. They both delivered, with surprises and zingers that began the moment the two walked onstage. Mr. Colbert went to shake Cardinal Dolan’s hand, but the cardinal took Mr. Colbert’s hand and kissed it — a disarming role reversal for a big prelate with a big job and a big ring.

Cardinal Dolan was introduced as a man who might one day be elected pope, to which he said, “If I am elected pope, which is probably the greatest gag all evening, I’ll be Stephen III.”

The event would not have happened without its moderator, the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and prolific author who has made it his mission to remind Catholics that there is no contradiction between faithful and funny. His latest book is “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life.”

Read it all.

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Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:40 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

After three months of testimony costing taxpayers over $1 million, a mistrial was declared in a drug conspiracy prosecution in Sydney, Australia, after it was discovered that five of the jurors spent most of their time in court playing Sudoku.

Read it all. I miss Mike Yaconelli--KSH.

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Posted September 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

You know what? We're all screwed up. And the way Christians mess things up is we act like we've got it going on. And if we would just stay in that place of, hey, we're all screwed up and but for the grace of God none of us have a shot here. We need to have a sense of humor about it; that's kind of the way I've always faced my comedy.

Is the church good fodder for humor? Are we any good at laughing at ourselves?

No, we're not very good at it, but we certainly should be able to laugh at ourselves because we can be idiots sometimes. I think that's the appeal for me. People ask me, "Are you religious?" But I don't like the word religious, because the only people Jesus argued with were "religious" people. I think that's why I love doing this stuff with the homeless guys so much, through Atlanta Mission....They take guys off the street and put them up for a year, help them go through detox and get clean. Those guys get it. They get it better than people in church because they're not clinging to their own self-righteousness. When you're living under a bridge, you kind of understand it's nothing based on you. That's why I love working with those guys. They understand.

Read it all and consider following the link provided to the video on Atlanta Mission.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionReligion & Culture* General InterestHumor / Trivia* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesEvangelicals

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Posted August 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

From Jeff Cohen: "My five year old cut off my three year old's hair. A few weeks later, I decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here's what they told me."

Listen to it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchChildrenMarriage & Family* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted August 23, 2012 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all--too cute. "I love monkeys"--lol.

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Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Phyllis Diller, the cackling comedian with electric-shock hair who built an influential career in film and nightclubs with stand-up routines that mocked irascible husbands, domestic drudgery and her extensive plastic surgery, died Aug. 20 at her home in Brentwood, Calif. She was 95.

Her manager, Milton Suchin, confirmed the death but said he did not know the cause.

Read it all.

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Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out. Lol.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted July 9, 2012 at 4:42 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

She was a journalist, a blogger, an essayist, a novelist, a playwright, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director — a rarity in a film industry whose directorial ranks were and continue to be dominated by men. Her later box-office success included “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia.” By the end of her life, though remaining remarkably youthful looking, she had even become something of a philosopher about age and its indignities.

“Why do people write books that say it’s better to be older than to be younger?” she wrote in “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” her 2006 best-selling collection of essays. “It’s not better. Even if you have all your marbles, you’re constantly reaching for the name of the person you met the day before yesterday.”

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBooksMarriage & FamilyMenMovies & TelevisionWomen* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted July 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all--hilarious (note the "skip the ad" option at the beginning).

Filed under: * General InterestAnimalsHumor / Trivia

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Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

This is a whole lot of fun--watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchSports* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted May 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & Television* Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spending* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted May 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Watch and enjoy.

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Financial services giant Visa held a press event Tuesday to introduce "Visa Voice," a new line of talking credit cards that urges shoppers to just go ahead and buy it if that's what they really want.

Heh.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spending* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Recently, my husband was pulled over for not wearing his seat belt. But Irv was convinced he was being railroaded.

“Officer,” he said in his most condescending voice. “how do you know I’m not wearing a seat belt if my windows are tinted?”

“Because, sir,” replied the officer, “it’s hanging out the door.”

-- Reader’s Digest, May 2012 edition, page 97


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Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

4.The IE IQ hoax: For one brief, glorious moment, tech reporters thought it just might be possible that people who used the Internet Explorer browser were actually dumber than those who used other browsers. A company called Aptiquant put out a study that seemed to prove it. The story spread like wildfire, until it was revealed to be a hoax. When the truth came out, the guy behind it all had this to say: "It was just a joke, and I didn’t really mean to insult anybody." (Not technically an April Fools' Day joke, but way too good to leave out.)

5. World of Warcraft introduces Crabby, the dungeon helper: On April 1, 2011, Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft, introduced Crabby, a giant holographic crab that hangs out at the bottom right-hand region of your screen and helps provide advice and helpful tips as you make your way through Azeroth's dungeons. He's so awesome, and fake.

Read it all.

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Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor
by: seyah21



Watch it all--lol.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyPersonal Finance* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch and listen to it all. LOL.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionMusic* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[Frank] Carson had left school at 14 with no qualifications and became an apprentice electrician, but at 16 switched to being a plasterer. In his spare time he worked on his spiel as a stand-up comic, a talent that earned him regular appearances on Northern Ireland television. When he was 25 he sold some scripts to the regional BBC station, and became a professional entertainer, touring with the Australian magician known as The Great Levante.

Encouraged to try his luck on the northern club scene on the mainland, Carson was spotted by the television producer Barney Colehan and signed up for his first network exposure on the music-hall tribute show The Good Old Days. Meanwhile on ITV, Carson - having thrice won Opportunity Knocks - was also booked to appear on The Comedians by the producer Johnny Hamp.

This was the show that transformed Carson from an obscure club comedian into a comedy star.

Read it all.

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Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Enjoy it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchMovies & TelevisionPsychology* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

While working for the Social Security administration, I helped an elderly woman—who was no longer married—fill out her claim form.

Reading off a question, I asked; “How did your marriage end?”

“Just fine,” she said, grinning a little too broadly. “He died.”

--Willis Bird, February 2012 Reader's Digest, page 86


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Posted January 13, 2012 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Wonderful stuff!

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeChurch Year / Liturgical SeasonsChristmas* Culture-WatchMusic* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Just fun--great and wonderful fun. Enjoy it all.

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Posted December 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

I found it there-heh.

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Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

G. K. Chesterton once wrote, "It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." If one can say with confidence that those on the extreme ends of the political and religious spectrum—left or right—are not known for their senses of humor, Henson surely must have been on to something. Where others found potential bitterness, he found the thread of human foibles; his lighthearted irreverence was as universal as the appeal of his characters.

Henson may have preached self-belief, but all his stories find people desperately in need of (and finding!) help from others. Despite the sometimes insufferable can't-we-all-just-get-along aspect of Sesame Street (and let's face it, Fraggle Rock) much of Henson's work dealt more seriously with human suffering, both self-inflicted and otherwise. The Dark Crystal (1982) is nothing if not a parable of Fall and Redemption, and Labyrinth (1986) has a distinctly Pilgrim's Progress-like, um, progression. Henson may have believed with all his heart in a "positive view of life," but his work reflects a larger truth.

Indeed, Henson understood that to truly reach another person, you must aim beyond the intellect, at the heart—at the unguarded, joyful corner of the soul known as the inner child, which, incidentally, is where Jesus was especially focused.

Read it all.

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Posted November 23, 2011 at 6:33 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[KIM] LAWTON: Father James Martin says humor is an underappreciated value in the spiritual life. Martin has written a new book called Between Heaven and Mirth. He says humor, laughter and joy are essential elements of spiritual health.

[THE REV. JAMES] MARTIN [SJ]: If you’re not finding joy in your faith, there’s something wrong with the way you are looking at your faith. And humor keeps us human, basically, brings us down to earth and reminds us that we’re not God.

LAWTON: Martin says all too often, joy has a “disreputable reputation” in religious circles.

MARTIN (in speech): Have you ever been to Mass where the priest says (in boring voice) “And so we join with choirs of angels and their unending hymn of praise, holy, holy, holy Lord?” And you think, if that’s the way the choirs of angels are singing their praise we are in big trouble. (laughter)

Read or watch it all.

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Posted November 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

ROFL--read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the Internet--Social Networking* Economics, PoliticsEconomyCorporations/Corporate Life* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted November 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



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Posted November 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

My point here is that, in matters of the heart, males have the brains of a walnut. No, wait! That is not my point. My point is that perhaps you women could cut us males a little bit of slack in the move-making process, because we are under a lot of stress. I vividly remember when I was in 10th grade, and I wanted to call a girl named Patty and ask her to a dance, and before I picked up the phone, I spent maybe 28 hours rehearsing exactly what I was going to say. So when I actually made the call, I was pretty smooth.

"Hello, Dance?" I said. "This is Patty. Do you want to go to the Dave with me?"

Read it all.

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Posted October 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In a bold new measure intended to address unemployment among young professionals, lawmakers from across the political spectrum agreed on legislation Tuesday to subsidize the cryogenic freezing of recent college graduates until the job market recovers.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyLabor/Labor Unions/Labor Market* General InterestHumor / Trivia

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Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Modern investigators of miraculous history have solemnly admitted that a characteristic of the great saints is their power of "levitation." They might go further; a characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. This has been always the instinct of Christendom, and especially the instinct of Christian art. Remember how Fra Angelico represented all his angels, not only as birds, but almost as butterflies. Remember how the most earnest mediaeval art was full of light and fluttering draperies, of quick and capering feet. It was the one thing that the modern Pre-raphaelites could not imitate in the real Pre-raphaelites. Burne-Jones could never recover the deep levity of the Middle Ages. In the old Christian pictures the sky over every figure is like a blue or gold parachute. Every figure seems ready to fly up and float about in the heavens. The tattered cloak of the beggar will bear him up like the rayed plumes of the angels. But the kings in their heavy gold and the proud in their robes of purple will all of their nature sink downwards, for pride cannot rise to levity or levitation. Pride is the downward drag of all things into an easy solemnity. One "settles down" into a sort of selfish seriousness; but one has to rise to a gay self-forgetfulness. A man "falls" into a brown study; he reaches up at a blue sky. Seriousness is not a virtue. It would be a heresy, but a much more sensible heresy, to say that seriousness is a vice. It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one's self gravely, because it is the easiest thing to do. It is much easier to write a good ,i>Times leading article than a good joke in Punch. For solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.
--Orthodoxy (Rockville: Serenity, 2009), p.103

Filed under: * General InterestHumor / Trivia* TheologyAnthropologyPastoral Theology

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Posted October 2, 2011 at 7:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]




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