You’re on BASE! Take some time to catch your breath … you are safe.

Why is it funny to watch people fall and run into things? I don’t know, but some of my favorite commercials recently were the Ford sync ones where people would try to turn things on just by talking. “Anesthesia on” … “Treadmill on” … “Door open”  … that lady running into the door with her coffee makes  me laugh every time.

 

When we were in Portugal I remember Charlie’s parents sent him some rollerblades. We had never used them before. Cobblestone covered sidewalks and hilly streets are not the best place to learn to rollerblade. It was hilarious. Wish I had video of that experience. It would probably resemble some of these … 

Do you have any funny stories where you or a loved one fell, tripped, ran into something, spilled something etc? Anything embarrassing will do.

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Comments on: "laughing at their expense" (6)

  1. My favorite story involving hilarity at someone else’s expense took place in Ireland. Greg Spurgeon, my teammate, had already visited the Dublin Zoo and wanted us all to go. There was an animal he just had to show us that marked it’s mate by peeing on her. Sick, really. Greg was so excited, because he thought that was SO interesting. Next, we had to go through the primate exhibit. Now mind you, we were all in a big group of people, moving at the same rate through the exhibits.

    At the enclosed area where they had the orangutans, we saw a mama and a couple of adorable babies. Well one of the babies lost its cuteness when it decided it would ****WARNING****this is not for the faint of heart**** drink it’s mama’s urine. Seriously disgusting!

    We then went to see what I believe was a tapir. Big, ugly, anteater/hippo looking thing. Now the only thing separating this same group of people from this tapir was a chain link fence. We were all single file along the fence admiring the one of the odd wonders of God’s creation. The tapir came and sniffed at each one of us. When it got to Greg, it stopped, and I kid you not, turned around, lifted it’s tail and peed ALL over Greg. It was like a super power soaker! In all of my life, I have never seen (nor do I expect to) anything so frickin’ funny! I thought we all were going to pass out from laughing so hard. Once Mike, our other teammate, caught his breath long enough to say something, he helped Greg to the bathroom to get him cleaned up.

    Of course, the “you’ve been marked!” jokes soon followed. I don’t think it would have been nearly as funny if he hadn’t been so dead set on showing us those animals who pee on each other! One day, when I am old, I may loose my mind, but I will NEVER forget that story! It still brings tears to my eyes!!! God bless, Greg Spurgeon!

    KNOWING GREG … MAKES THAT SO FUNNY. THE FACT THAT HE REALLY WANTED YOU GUYS TO SEE THAT AND THEN HAD SUCH AN UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCE MAKES IT HILARIOUS. THANKS FOR SHARING THE MEMORY AND ALLOWING US TO LAUGH AT GREG’S EXPENSE.

  2. I hesitate to comment because I cannot touch that story. Awesome how some things come back to bite us (or wee on us).

    BASE IS NOT ABOUT COMPETITION … IT IS ABOUT SHARING. COME ON BARRY … SHARE SOMETHING FUNNY WITH US.

  3. I love it! Those Sync commercials are too funny. For the longest I would just see the girl running into the door with her coffee and I had no idea what was going on. I laughed while saying “what in the world is she doing?” Then I finally caught the whole commercial…and that made sense finally. (This kind of thing happens in a house with three children..too many distractions for me to even catch a full commercial!!)

    My favorite videos on AFV are the ones of people running into things. I don’t know what I find so amusing…I guess beause it is happening to them and not me. I am a person that will laugh at something like that even with my friends. I apologize up front because I know I will laugh and THEN make sure that they are ok. Sad…but true.

    I don’t have a story that comes to mind right now. But look forward to reading one from someone. Barry?? I know you have a story on somebody. You have a story about almost everything with all your experiences!

    I USUALLY LAUGH FIRST TOO SHERRY. A TRUE FRIEND WILL UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON’T HELP THEM UNTIL YOU’VE STOPPED ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING. I’M READY FOR BARRY TO SHARE A STORY AS WELL. MAYBE IF WE ALL CHANT, “BARRY! BARRY! BARRY!”

  4. stephanie said:

    Paige, I remember a time in Portugal with you. I think we were in Rio de Mouro. We were walking up a hill and I think it had been raining. You slipped and fell but you recovered and got up so fast that I wasn’t even sure what had happened. I asked you if you had fallen and of course, you initially denied it. But eventually you admitted that you had fallen but you were embarrassed and didn’t want me to see so you got up as fast as you could. We laughed about that one.

    I remember another time in Lisbon at the bus stop when it was raining and windy. We were using our umbrellas because it was coming down pretty good. The wind turned your umbrella inside out. I heard when it happened and turned to see what was going on. But when you saw me turn to look at you, you said quickly, “Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me.” Of course, you saying that made me look. We had a good laugh about that one, too.

    I HAVE HAD A FEW TIMES WHERE I’VE FALLEN AND GOTTEN UP SO QUICKLY THAT NO ONE KNEW FOR SURE WHAT HAD HAPPENED. I COULD PROBABLY HAVE A BROKEN LEG AND STILL MANAGE TO MAKE IT OUT OF SIGHT BEFORE I CHECKED IT.

    I ALSO REMEMBER THAT UMBRELLA MOMENT. I HATE CARRYING AN UMBRELLA FOR THAT VERY REASON. I LOVED WHEN IT WOULD RAIN AND WE WOULD SEE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WITH WHATEVER THEY COULD FIND ON THEIR HEAD. IT MIGHT BE A BOX OR A SHOPPING BAG. THE BEST ONE EVER HAPPENED WHEN WE WERE IN THAT LIBRARY AT THE CHURCH IN LISBON. WE HAD THAT WINDOW OPEN LISTENING TO THE RAIN WHEN SUDDENLY A HUGE BASEBALL HAT UMBRELLA WENT BY. BECAUSE OF WHERE WE WERE IT LOOKED LIKE A HUGE HAT BOBBING ALONG IN THE AIR.

    I WISH I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN DOWN MORE OF THE FUN MEMORIES FROM THAT TIME. SO MANY ARE STARTING TO FADE. BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHT WE MADE ENCHILADAS FOR EVERYONE. THAT SUPER MOIST CAKE WAS AMAZING. 🙂

  5. stephanie said:

    We didn’t get to try any of that cake, but I heard that it was the best cake ever!

    WHAT A NIGHT! 😀

  6. Okay, here’s the first falling down story I could think of (like I don’t have one every day): My first work Christmas party, we had one of those scavenger hunt games in which the announcer calls out an item and if you have it and get to him first, you win. Well, I had left my purse at home, I had literally nothing with me, so I knew I was out to begin with and settled back to watch everyone else act like hysterical lunatics. However, the very first item called was, “A hair clip in your hair.” I always have hair clips, so I got up and started to run toward the doctor (my brand-new employer), who was “base.” I had to run around a couple of tables, and as I rounded a corner, I tripped over my own feet and went down, taking a folding chair with me. AND I lost the prize, because a girl who didn’t fall down got there before I did. Not only was I beet red, but all my new coworkers and their spouses were laughing hysterically (my husband got in on the laughing as well), except for one of our nurses, who I swear had her first aid kit out, ready to patch up any scrapes, bruises, or other injuries sustained. I still hear about this from my coworkers, even though it has now been three years. There you have it, one of many Susan-falling-down stories.

    FIRST OFF I HAVE TO SAY … I LOVE SCAVENGER HUNTS … AND I REALLY LIKE THE ONE YOU’RE DESCRIBING. WITHOUT A PURSE FULL OF STUFF YOU DON’T HAVE A CHANCE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW STUNNED YOU WERE TO HEAR HIM CALL OUT SOMETHING YOU HAD. I GUESS THE FACT THAT YOU FELL DOWN COULD BE CONSIDERED A NICE ICE-BREAKER TO GET YOU IN WITH YOUR NEW CO-WORKERS. WHAT BETTER WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS THAN TO LET THEM LAUGH AT YOUR EXPENSE. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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