Tag Archives: friday

The Many Lives of a Laundry Basket

25 Jan

Heads up: Starting next week, I’m going to post on Mondays and Thursdays. I have a couple of writing project that have been idling on the back burner, so I need to cut down to two weekly posts for a while. I’m sure you’ll manage just fine.

In the meantime, I have a bit of Friday fun for you, namely this:


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It’s Your Birthday

11 Jan

SzabaEyesI’m going on week two of my birthday now.

Nearly every morning since my actually birthday, I’ve been awakened by two dancing brown eyes and the excited whisper,

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Deck the Halls With Retribution, Falalala Lala La La

30 Nov

Regardless of your spiritual preference, I’m guessing most of us can agree this time of year (at its essence) celebrates the good qualities of humanity— camaraderie, giving, appreciation, and hope.

I’m also guessing we could agree it’s typically not adorned with murder and revenge.

So imagine my surprise when my Rudolph special was interrupted with a commercial for this:

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Laughter: Quiz and Video

19 Oct

Angela Szaba Happy RideCome on, just that title alone should make you laugh. It’s pretty ridiculous.

But actually, I do have a laughter quiz and video for you. And the video make you laugh, 65% guaranteed.

Why 65%?

Because seeing other people laugh reflexively makes us laugh, like yawning. Research shows it’s triggered by a neural circuit in the brain.

Then why not 100%?

Because it’s scientifically proven that people laugh much more (up to 30X as much) around other people. Essentially, it’s a human communication mechanism, a rudimentary vocabulary programmed in our “lizard” brain.

So maybe grab a friend before you watch the video. Or do your own before-and-after study and see if you get the same results.

BUT FIRST! A pop quiz on laughter. (Answers below the video.)

  1. How many times does the average adult laugh per day?
  2. Who laughs more: men or women?
  3. What was the first TV show to use canned laughter?
  4. Does laughter make you live longer?
  5. True or False: There has never been a recorded outbreak of contagious laughter.

And now for the promised reward …

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Toddler Talk: Episode 5

10 Aug

Toddler Talk
Episode 6

Toddler Talk Web Episode 6Happy hour!

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