Thursday, January 20, 2011

Because Sometimes Bathroom Humor Really Is Funny

It never fails.

The minute I say I'm going to do something on the blog my life completely gets in the way.

So if you are here for the Teapot Tutorial that was promised on Wednesday, I'm sorry. Its coming soon!

To add insult to injury, I'm about to tell you something not spoken of here....

I'm not a fan of bathroom humor.

Like, really, not a fan.

I don't know why, its just the way I'm wired.

However the DNA of anti-bathroom humor must not be a dominant trait because I happened to produce two offspring that think talking about (or making sounds like) obnoxious functions of certain body parts is pretty hilarious.

This fact is compounded by the fact that I have a thirteen year-old for a son.

If you have a three-year old, you know what I'm talking add a decade (with a dash of wit and a few wacky hormones) and the hilarity adds exponentially.

The kids have been studying Astronomy for the last month in their science class.

The text has been great and they've really enjoyed this course. They've especially enjoyed the study of planets, in particular the planet of Uranus.

There were giggles and guffaws coming from downstairs last week that led me to believe school-work was not being completed. So I went to take control of my rowdy students....but when The Boy saw me charging down the stairs in haste, he said, "Mom, I've GOT to read this to you, the writers of this book HAD to have done this on purpose," and then he proceeded to read the following excerpts - out loud.

Seeing Uranus - At its brightest, Uranus can be seen with the naked eye if you know just where to look.
What Uranus is made of - The atmosphere of Uranus is mostly hydrogen gas, with helium and tiny amounts of other gases.
Moons of Uranus - Uranus has at least 22 moons, although there may be more that are discovered.
Uranus's Rings - Uranus has rings that are made up of dust. The outer ring is particularly dark.
People, I am not making this up. And while The Boy read these things to me I fell into a fit of laughter that rendered me useless for nearly an hour.

I was tickled. I was. 

I'm still kind of giggly about it now.

On Sunday I had The Boy read it to The Mister, and we all laughed again. 

It reminded The Mister of when he was in graduate school and happened upon the chapter on flatulence in the Merck Manual. Most importantly he remembered the clever writing of the Essay on Flatulence that just happens to be in the right-hand side bar at this link*. 

Seriously, who ever wrote that essay had to have had a fun day at the writing desk.

So there you have it...I have reached the pinnacle of blogger writing. I've managed talked about flatus and Uranus in one post.

I do believe my career as a blogger may be coming to an end.

*To see the essay on the Merck site you need to scroll down a bit.


Anonymous said...

LOL I have tears right now.. just read it aloud to Tim!! I always get the giggles when someone says Uranus

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

VERY funny. I just about DIED when we were sitting around the Thanksgiving table (at my very in-laws house, my in-laws who are VERY prim and proper) and my sweet, adorable nine-year old daughter starts cracking jokes about URANUS. OMGosh. It was hysterical, yet NOT.

And then the following month we were with my in-laws (did I mention they were VERY prim and proper) and the same sweet child starts talking about flatulence. Interestingly, you pass more gas at higher altitude (google HAF--high altitude flatulence) because there is more pressure on your body. WHO KNEW?

Cathy said...


I do just so happen to have a 3 year old AND a 9 year old boy so I know MUCH of what you speak.:)

And I also have a husband who thinks it's funny to let it rip on top of his 9 year old son...shhh, don't tell him I told.

Hope your weekend is a gas.

Gretchen said...

My dtr is in Earth Science this year, and the teacher has made such a huge deal of calling it "Yourinus" that I think she caused just the uproar she tried to avoid. Call it YourANUS, laugh, and be done with it. ;)

Love that boy.

Jolanthe said...

That is hilarious..and now I need to go grab our Merck manual and look up flatulence. :) haha