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  •  I admit it .. I LIKE trivia, tho it serves no purpose for me since I can never remember any to bring up in conversation. But still, it is fun, so I`ve created this list of amazing trivia that I found to be absolutely riveting.1. Snails can sleep up to 3 years.Not so amazing actually since I managed to sleep thru 6 years of jr. high and high school. And when you think about it, what do snails have to do all their lives? Sure, they leave great slime trails and make excellent targets for sa... more »
  •  It all started with MTV`s Real World, which I joined midway through the first season over thirteen years ago.There was something embarrassingly intriguing about watching the story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, and finding out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real...The Real World.I likened my fascination with it to people slowing down on the freeway to "rubberneck" an accident - you know you shouldn`t watch, but you can`t help yourself. So afte... more »
  •  "Avoid cliches" - that`s what would-be writers are always being warned. But in comedy writing, CLICHES offer a rich source of humor. In fact many cliches can be easily and directly used as cartoon captions. As you know a cliche is an overused expression that has lost its freshness and becomes predictable. These expressions are so commonplace, people can relate to and understand them easily. Another reason why cliches are popularly used in humor is because of their predictability. In comedy... more »
  •  I`ll do that When Pigs Fly! - End of argument.Well, now Pigs Do Fly! Yes, you heard me right, there`s a site dedicated to when this miraculous event happens. After visiting it, you will probably think twice before throwing out that derisive salute to the fact that the recipient isn`t going to get what they want. This site opens up with "Who Let The Pigs Out", pictures of pink, pig balloons and a brief history of why this site was created.How many times have you heard the phrase "When Pigs ... more »
  •  I lost an inch today.For years I believed I was 6` 2 1/4``, and on some occasions I have answered to 6` 3``.A couple people doubted me, indeed a commenter on this blog has. I recall Her saying "are you absolutely certain you are 6` 3" ?"I paid Her no mind.A 6` 0" colleague of mine disputed my height as well, but she refused to remove Her heels, (probably to hide the corns on Her feet) and I refused to accept Her estimation.I based my belief on a public school instrument; the ruler.A ruler ... more »
  •  In every form of humor, be it a visual gag, a comic-strip, a sketch, a one-liner or a full routine, there`s always a target or a victim. The butt of the joke. as we popularly called it, can be a person, an object, an animal, a place or even an idea or a view.You can start off by picking on yourself. Self-deprecating humor is popularly exploited by many stand-up comedians as an ice-breaker to warm up their crowd. What they do is, they ridicule their own obvious shortcomings or insecurities.... more »
  •  So often we have unruly airline passengers who threaten to disrupt a flight or cause a scene. Some have been known to attack passengers, attempt to open a door in flight or even assault a stewardess. I propose we put pods on the bottom of aircraft, which hold exactly one to two unruly passengers. If things get out of control we stick them inside and let them go like a bomb?Once the pod gets to 10,000 feet a chute will deploy and a tracking device activated for the authorities to pick them ... more »
  •  A funny thing happened during my last trip to Atlanta. I was visiting my buddy John—not a southerner, but we had a good time nonetheless.John is the type of guy who lives in the right house, drives the right car, wears the right clothes, and always laughs at your jokes whether funny or not—good to have a friend like that.Oh yeah, one more thing, he’s thin.We were out on Saturday doing all the things you can’t do in Dothan, AL. Like, getting a sprayed-on suntan, having a cup of St... more »
  •  What will 2006 bring? As I try to foresee 2006, leaning on my educated or in reality not so educated guessing, I’ll begin with Sudoku puzzles. True, these puzzles are rooted in 2005, but one has to step back a little to get the wider view of the horizon. Anyhow, thanks to Sudoku puzzles, I bet, we’ll all learn how to count, especially the Democrats.Another trend I’m counting on, based on Google’s San Francisco experiment, is the free internet; however, this will have some drawbacks... more »
  • Our daughter is 21 and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 15. Because of the Crohn's, she is Vitamin B12 deficient. All the surgeries and the stress of Crohn's can make her, for lack of a better word, cranky at best. One day she was getting ready for work and asked where the big golf umbrella was because she walks 16 blocks to work. I admitted that I accidently left it in my office. She complained and an arguement ensued with her leaving the house without speaking to me. After... more »
About Jared Fiel
Daniel is a humor columnist (as well as a former reporter, former gas station attendant, former fast food worker and current public relations flack).
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