A Bit of Darkly Fun

Yesterday, I was reading some posts by Sandmonkey, and I laughed so hard that I almost fell out of my chair. That guy never fails to pry a laugh out of me. Some of his stuff is funny because I know the Middle East. And some of it is funny because it just is – which means that everyone will probably get it. (However, be warned that he can be a bit crude.)

Anyway, he posted a link to a cute video that ran as an advertisement on Egyptian TV a couple years ago. It was one of those Wazzap adverts localised for a local Egyptian cellular phone service. But, on the YouTube sidebar, there was this darkly humorous ad titled “Arab blowing himself up”.

I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

That got me thinking.

When I was working as a wage slave at a high-tech company in Jerusalem, I used to have a joke list. My jokes would range far and wide, crossing the globe and appearing in all kinds of places, the Philippines, Singapore, exotic parts of USA,  and of course my buddies at Banter.

Then, the Tanzim started shooting up my neighborhood in 2001, and I lost my sense of humour. My joke list became one of angst over what the Palestinians were doing to my neighborhood, my friends, and my country-of-choice.

Well, there really isn’t any reason to be one or the other. Why not be both? Especially since there really is a dark humour to life in Israel. Even when they are throwing bombs at you and killing your neighbors, Israelis have a great capacity for laughter. It’s sardonic and ironic – even sarcastic. But, life is like that.

And, of course, there is a cosmic irony to the fact that I am safer in Jerusalem than I am here, in a suburb of Indianapolis. It’s just one of those things.

Having said that, here’s the video that got me laughing so hard:

Have a great weekend everyone, and lighten up!

4 thoughts on “A Bit of Darkly Fun”

  1. Hi John,
    I liked your little video. I’m thinking the VW manufacturers should
    flood the middle-eastern market with those little cars! Maybe even
    go so far as to donate one to every Palestinian male. But alas, the dream ends there.

    Enjoy your blog. How long will you be in the States? Do you feel
    like a visitor now when you return?

    Have a safe trip.


  2. ironic…the nazis protecting the jews with a non blowup car…sorry honey my memory goes wayyyyyyyyyyyy back…but after saying that let me tell you that i laughed my head off too lolol…will the real john little please stand up…shavuah tov my dear friend…thanks for sharing

  3. H even got a good laugh out of this one. Sandmonkey’s an interesting blogger for sure. Been scoping out his blog for some time now….

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