Daily Dose of Funny Websites
When I was working in an office, the latest joke email circulating was always there to give me a chuckle and brighten my day. Nowadays, my LOLs come from many places and social media makes it easier to share the laughs with friends and family. There are lots of online sources for a daily dose of smiles. A word of caution: while I attempted to find as-clean-as-possible recommendations, racier videos and pictures cropped up everywhere I looked. There are plenty of alternatives if one doesn’t suit you, but clicker beware!
If you ever think, “it’s funny because it’s true,” one of the best laugh-out-loud websites I’ve found is Some E-Cards (www.someecards.com). Whether you’re looking for a birthday card that says exactly how you feel, or just crave a little sarcasm, look no further. Click “share” to post to a friend’s Facebook wall or Twitter feed. If you find yourself really LOLing, you can have images placed on coffee mugs, tee-shirts and tote bags. Very similar to Some E-Cards and also easily sharable is Lolsotrue (www.lolsotrue.com). Example: “I’m glad my pets can’t talk. They know too much.” And speaking of sarcasm, I love the little messages people are leaving for each other at Passive-Aggressive Notes (www.passiveaggressivenotes.com). Heck, they say it themselves: “many of the notes on this site are not passive-aggressive. Many of them are just plain aggressive” – in a funny sort of way.
Animal lovers should check out an old favorite Lolcats for funny animal pictures and videos, mostly for cat lovers, and those craving a daily dose of cuteness. Another I’ve recently discovered is Dog Shaming (www.dog-shaming.com) – a must-see if you’ve ever had a “bad dog” in your life. Users post pictures of their puppies, looking pathetic, with a sign in front of them telling what dirty deed they did that day. My favorite so far: “we are the reason Mommy and Daddy can’t have nice things.” Yes, that about covers it.
Since America’s Funniest Home Videos first aired, people have been obsessed with funny videos of our human foibles. We are human, after all. Break (www.break.com) aims to connect you with as many videos and pictures as possible, with new submissions daily. Several of their collections are snippets of funny videos under a subject heading like “funny things kids say,” or “your pet is sort of a jerk.” Want more video fun? More can be found at VideoBash (www.videobash.com/videos/funny).
Most of us have worked in the customer service industry at one time or another, enough to know “the customer is always right,” right? Not necessarily. Not Always Right (www.notalwaysright.com) strives to share those funny and sometimes crazy stories we all experience at work. Make sure to check out the Hall of Fame favorite: Pepperoni Pizza With a Side of Pointless Paranoia. More funny customer service stories abound at Clients from Hell (www.clientsfromhell.net). They aren’t really “from hell,” but they’re certainly good for a laugh.
Facebook can also be a good source of your “daily dose.” Search out your favorite comedian and “like” his or her page so you’ll see their daily posts. My favorite person to follow is actually not known for his comedy: George Takei. You remember Mr. Sulu from the old Star Trek episodes? His Facebook page has over 2.5 million followers, and for good reason. He posts an average of two times a day and I find myself laughing out loud at least once or twice. They’re too funny not to share.
Lastly, if you need a break from mainstream news stories, websites like The Onion (www.theonion.com) and Fark (www.fark.com) may be your answer. The Onion tells the news “like they’re pretty sure it happened” (meaning they’re mostly, if not all, satire). Fark takes real news stories on topics from sports to politics and highlights the funny and notable news, so you get a more entertaining twist on what’s actually happening in the world.
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