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Later at the checkout counter, Mom noticed that I was still holding the plush toy and she ordered me to put me it back, but at that moment, the store manager walked up behind the clerk at the counter and informed us that he would give it to me for free, which of course, made me a very happy kid.
So in my determination to get that toy, I started climbing the sweater display.
Everything was fine until I reached the top My weight was too much for the weak exhibit and it tipped right over into the glass perfume case.
It shattered into a million pieces and the commotion from it echoed throughout the entire store.
A few minutes later, my mom, the store manager, and a few other concerned (and nosy) customers came over to see what the heck was going on. Thanks to my coat and other clothing, not one shard of glass had cut me.
Many of us even choose to get our daily news with a heaping side order of comedy from outlets like “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” or This guest post is by Leigh Anne Jasheway. In 2003, she won the Erma Bombeck Award for Humor Writing, has 21 published books and has hosted two radio programs, Women Under the Influence of Laughter, on KOPT AM in Eugene, Oregon and the Giggle Spot, on All Comedy 1450.
Jasheway is a stress management and humor expert, comedy writer, stand-up comic, and comedy instructor/coach. She also teaches comedy writing and stand-up and is a part-time faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications.
And a smiling reader is one who’s paying attention and eager to read on.
Sociologists, linguists and biologists say that our ability to laugh and desire to do so isn’t all fun and games, but actually serves two essential life functions: to bond with members of our “tribe,” and to lessen tension and anxiety.
Follow her @ You may think that when it comes to writing, humor is best used only in fiction or satire.
But while we think of comedy in terms of exaggeration or fabrication, effective humor can be just as much about creative misdirection—engaging readers by taking them someplace they don’t expect to go—and subtly choosing metaphors and words that make readers giggle without even knowing why.