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  • Writer's pictureJane Leder

We Joke Because, If We Didn't, We'd Cry

I don't know about you, but I've received more jokes, cartoons, videos, and links during the last six weeks than in the past six years. Whether via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networks, I've been inundated. It seems that several of my "friends" are spending hours at their computers scanning the internet for anything and everything to make us laugh.

Here is just a sample on One-Liners:

-2020 is a unique Leap Year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and 5 years in April.

-Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands???

-Day 47 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture.”

-I swear my fridge just said: “What the hell do you want now”?

- Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks.

  The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

- I'm so excited -- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I


- Day 6 of homeschooling. My child just said, "I hope I don't have the

  same teacher next year." I'm offended.

Videos on YouTube:

Songs by Randy Rainbos:


CORONAVIRUS Cartoonists around the world take on a global pandemic People say laughter is the best medicine. So while humor may not actually be antiviral, a few good laughs or wry smiles might just help as we all hunker down and try to keep our wits through the Covid-19 crisis. By POLITICO STAFF 03/26/2020 02:53 PM EDT

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So, why all the humor during such a serious pandemic? I wrote in my last post that we laugh to connect with others and to connect with ourselves. We are not alone. Jokes are a relief; they take the edge off of danger. We can't do much, if anything, about the pandemic, but we can laugh in its face. Humor gives us a sense of power. Through emails and social media, we are reaching out and sharing the experience. Laughter binds us together. There have been a ton of funny laughs since the lockdown and all the other rules and regulations. I think the one that both surprised me and made me laugh the most was a video of a little girl, maybe three or four years old. Her mother asks "How long have you been home now?" This darling little girl with blonde hair and wearing a pink shirt responds. "Too f#@% long!" In my book, she wins the prize.



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