Remember this Gary Larson cartoon?
His The Far Side syndicated cartoons made us laugh every day with creative humor. His last 'strip' was published on New Year's Day, 1995 though books of his compiled cartoons and newer works continue to sell and fill our shelves. A favorite that made the NYTimes bestseller list: There's a Hair in my Dirt: A Worm's Story.
I always thought he was at his best when he used animals as his subjects. One favorite depicts a family of spiders driving in a car with a "Have a Nice Day" bumper sticker featuring a 'smiley face' with eight eyes.
While visiting my sis in San Francisco a number of years ago, we were driving past the California Academy of Sciences when we saw a current exhibit sign announcing Gary Larson's work. We immediately did a 180 and spent the most enjoyable next hours laughing, tittering, snickering, nodding and smiling. What was amazing, as we and others in the exhibit silently read the 450 captions mounted 16 to a panel, were the shared similar outbursts from all corners of the exhibit room.
Our group of strangers were a truly happy bunch as we nodded and smiled to each other, sometimes sharing a favorite with a pointed finger or nod. I don't recall a word being spoken but everyone left with a far richer disposition than when we walked in the door.
Without being specific about how humor makes our world a better place, we all have personal evidence that it definitely does.
Take a few minutes now to make your world richer today by enjoying a cartoon slide show of The New Yorker magazine's "reader's favorites," shared graciously by the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff. My favorite is the one with the praying mantises.
FYI: The New Yorker publishes weekly and features more really good cartoons in every issue from the best cartoonists... more fun than you can find anywhere else... and it is also rich with topical editorial content. That in itself is worth a look.
Funny is, and I quote:
Always remember, you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead
We are all here on earth to help others; what the others are here for I don't know. W.H. Auden
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twain
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Isaac Asimov
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schitzophrenic and so am I. Oscar Levant
I never said most of the things I said. Yogi Berra
Go to heaven for the climate, go to hell for the company. Mark Twain
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin
And the piece de resistance quotes by Jack Handey (a real person):
- To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.
- I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.