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I’ve Got the Giggles (And I’m Not the Only One)

Do you have those people in your life who can get your Giggle Meter skyrocketing with just one look? I sure hope so. Girl on the Contrary’s hilarious post about a recent elevator trip had me reminiscing about all those times I’ve laughed inappropriately. Like this:

For me, I think it all started with one of my very first best friends, a sporty, feisty girl I met in nursery school at the local YMCA. Everything was funny to her – even getting in trouble. We used to play a made-up game where we’d blindfold each other and then feed the blindfolded person something and make them guess what it was. She will never let me live down the time I gave her a spoonful of bacon grease from the coffee can my dad used to pour it into. I could barely hold the spoon still; suppressed laughter had me shaking from head to toe.

Luckily, since then, my nursery school pal and I have had many more giggle-fests that were mutual. Other fits have been dangerous. Being in your late twenties and losing control in a business meeting, for example, is like taking your livelihood into your own hands. The more inappropriate it is to laugh, the harder it always seems not to, right? Last year, I was running a meeting where the focus was on electronic solutions for our current work. I had a few people in the room and the rest were attending virtually. The I.T. rep must have spiked her coffee that afternoon, because she just started laughing uncontrollably whenever anyone would ask a question. She was already two baby steps away from the place with the padded walls, and lack of sleep had apparently done her in. Every time I tried to rescue her and get things back on track, she’d look at me, red-faced, tears streaming down her face, and get me going, too. I’m not exaggerating when I say this went on for 5 minutes. No, I don’t know why I’m still employed. I guess it could have been worse:

Usually I have at least one episode whenever I’m with Babs. It’s kind of like the guarantee you get when you go to Friendly’s – service with a smile, or the meal’s on them. There are a thousand of these times I can’t remember, but they often start with me teasing Babs while we’re out shopping. I do so with a loving heart, to make sure she never starts wearing mom jeans or those puff-painted sweatshirts (again). Department store dressing rooms are like an altar where I give thanks to the giggle gods by trying on hideous things and transforming into the person who would wear them. Retired, chain-smoking Floridian? Snooki’s second cousin (the one no one likes to talk about)? Stripper trying to cover her dark past and pay her way through college? Been there, donned that.

I’d love to hear about some of your ‘episodes’ (the more inappropriate, the better)! Until then, I’ll leave you with a giggly clip of one of my favorite shows:

165 thoughts on “I’ve Got the Giggles (And I’m Not the Only One)”

  1. I have had my moments of giggle fits. I started laughing at a funeral because I suddenly pictured the guy in the coffin suddenly sitting up and passing gas. I don’t know why this stupid thought occured to me but none-the-less it brought on the giggles that just wouldn’t stop. I finally ended up sneaking out the back door because I although I was immensely embarrassed I couldn’t stop giggling for the life of me.

    1. I thought I would explode between laughing and crying at a friend’s service when her coffin was enclosed in a plastic box and sealed with white duct tape. [she was intered in a mausoleum] I couldn’t help thinking here was one use for duct tape that would NEVER have occurred to me…..

      1. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, and I can COMPLETELY relate. Thank goodness for thoughts like those – I think they keep us sane (or perfectly insane)!

        Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

  2. I liked the first video of the anchor falling off her chair, and then the two women giggling about it, even though they are apparently on the air. And I thought foreigners were all so serious!

    I have a friend, when he calls cross-country, we don’t even talk for the first five minutes – just laugh 😀

    1. haha Me too! The Who Wants to be a Millionaire one gets me, also, even with subtitles! Or maybe it’s the subtitles that make it so funny…

      I’m so glad you have a friend like that! Laughing ’til your face hurts is the ultimate! 🙂

  3. Great set of clip, especially the one with the baby. It’s strange that we (or at least I) know exactly why the baby is laughing even though there is nothing inherently funny about the noises the father makes!

  4. Oh god, I love that last one “His head was in great condition” Yes, I do have somone in my life who makes me laugh until I can’t breathe–my husband. This explains why we’re still married. (usually I’m the one that he’s laughing at)

    1. It makes my day to hear that – about the Ricky Gervais clip (that show is full of a million more moments like that! SO GOOD!) and your husband! My husband and I have a very similar relationship; in fact, he’s really only threatened if I say I think another man is funny! (When Justin Timberlake hosts SNL it really gets under his skin, LOL 😉

      1. Whenever Ricky is on Conan, I laugh myself silly and my husband will shake his head and say, “I don’t get it.” And that makes me laugh more. (Love Conan, too–he always makes me laugh out loud)

  5. Wish you here right now. Just thinking of that makes me smile..no, wait..starting to laugh…I’m still tearing-up from the Britney video. “Britney, they’re looking at you.” and oh, that bacon grease; I remember that. hahahahaha Thanks for these memories, even those at my expense. M
    y life has been filled with tears of laughter thanks to you!

    1. Aw, right back at’cha, Babs! I can’t believe we still say that (“Britney, they are recognizin’ you!”). That reminds me…who are we putting on the Christmas tree this year? Are there any Glee dolls available, or do we give Jacob his moment to shine?

  6. This was so funny – made me laugh and reminded me of my sister. She’s the only one that makes me laugh like that, in the most inappropriate times… like nursing homes, going to someone’s house and it smells bad… I could go on and on. It’s both hilarious and awful at the same time, fuel for the giggles.

    1. hahaha Just you saying “going to someone’s house and it smells bad” told me everything I need to know about you and your sister – I love it!!! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  7. Well, there’s obviously the classic laughing-in-church moments…when you’re a kid and someone does something so funny during the sermon that you burst out laughing and can’t stop because you KNOW you have to stop! Yeah, that happened all that time.

    I’m pretty lucky because the people I work with get me laughing pretty hard – I have tears streaming down my face and have difficulty even breathing on an almost daily basis! Haha.

    Love this post!! So cute! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 😀

    1. Oh yes! Houses of worship flick the laughter switch on BIG TIME.

      That’s great about your co-workers; I’m pretty lucky in that department, too!

      Thank you SO SO much; it’s quite a thrill, I must say! 🙂

  8. That show is hilarious. Karl says the most outrageous things.
    I love when I laugh so hard my face hurts. One of those times was when a few friends of mine and I went out for dinner and had Cosmopolitans. One story led to another and soon we were all laughing so hard people in the restaurant just glared… cosmos and I are a dangerous combination.

    1. I know! It’s an amazing show. I love nights out like that! My BFF jokes, though, that sometimes “Vodka Girl” comes out, and Vodka Girl likes to say things she can’t ever take back.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!! 🙂 I’m dropping it like it’s hot as we speak. I was totally oblivious until someone (Girl on the Contrary) Tweeted me and my phone went off, ha! So, I’m thinking this kind of makes up for not having power all week.

  9. Bacon grease? Ooooh that’s so cold!

    I have a hard time ordering take-out. For some reason I get the worst case of the giggles when trying to order dinner. Great post!

    1. I know! It was so gross slash mean of me. I’ve been trying to cook people extra delicious things since then to make up for it.

      haha I’ve never heard of that kind of giggle case – I love it! If you ever capture it on video/audio, you’ve gotta let me see it! 😉 Thank you so much!!

  10. Oh! Oh! I went to see if WordPress had fixed its Reader issues (it hasn’t!) only to catch a glimpse of a familiar pic as I scrolled away. I might or might not have pumped a display of glee.

    Congrats on tickling someone-on-high’s* funny bone the way you always tickle mine, lady! ♥


    * You know what I mean here. 😀

    1. Pumped “a fist,” that is. In my brain, of course, I’m already drawing a stick figure of myself bench-pressing a supermarket display of Glee DVDs. :p

      1. hahaha Deb, you’re the best! I totally noticed you slipped a fist pump reference AND a Glee one in your first comment!!

        Now, the real question is, do you think this is enough to finally get Darren Criss’s attention?

  11. I can completely relate.
    When I was younger, me and my friend attended a concert pianist event (as I have played the piano from a young age). We were about 11, and were literally in hysterics the whole time, I don’t even think we knew what we were laughing at by the end of it. I felt so bad because we were sitting right next to the poor guy trying to play an extremely complex piece of music, and he could hear us!

    Lovely post, and congratulations on being FP!


    1. LOL! Yes that sure does sound a lot like my friend and me! Although unfortunately without the musical talent 😉

      Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it!!

  12. I most definitely have gotten the giggles at very inapropriate times more times than I can count. It’s usually at the expense of someone that I am laughing, and then I can’t tell others why I’m really laughing and have to make something up.

  13. Last night my boyfriend and I decided to watch the Transcendent Man (Documentary about Ray Kurzweil based on his book ‘The Singularity is Near’)

    Towards the beginning of the show, it showing him brushing his teeth and flossing and going about a morning routine and I was thinking about whether or not he would be annoying to live with. I concluded he would be and said “I just can’t pay attention! I’m sitting here thinking about whether he’d be annoying to live with!”

    My boyfriend burst out laughing because apparently while I was letting my mind wander, the documentary was talking about our inability to pay attention ;D

    I was totally verified shortly after, though, when he said that he often brings up annoying ideas that irritate people. So I said “ha!” and we had a good laugh again.

    Later on in the documentary, someone came on with the last name Hurlbut and I just giggled. Then they showed a cathedral that I knew had flying buttresses and laughed some more. Then I quoted Despicable Me and “Butt. Hehe.. Butt” ;D It certainly made the documentary more interesting.

  14. Oh wow. That clip with the baby is soo cute and hilarious! Who knew DONG could be such a funny word! Great 🙂

  15. I don’t get the giggles often… but when I do…. I get those unstoppable/uncontrollable giggles… which are even more embarrassing as most people have gotten over the “joke” and you just can’t stop. I have a horrible habit of also crying when laughing… so I end uo looking like a snotty mess….lol…

    1. hahaha The tears always come for me, too! Actually, right away, which is really embarrassing. I’ve had people ask me if I’m crying!

      I do the same thing, with laughing long after the moment has passed, and then somehow, that makes me start a fresh round of laughing.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  16. My best friend and I had to be separated at a woman’s spirituality retreat – we were in our 30’s! – because we could not stop giggling.

    I think it was because everyone there was so damn serious. It was literally THIS R SRS BZNS all the time. Even in the dining hall.
    Meanwhile, we are doing the Gumbys from Monty Python: “OVER THERE!” *point point*

    1. This comment really did make me L-O-L because I can picture it!! Oh, man. A spirituality retreat. Where everyone is serious. OMG. I feel a fit coming on just imagining it. It’s like doing yoga/pilates and people pass gas. You know it’s going to happen, and it’s really NOT funny, but then…something explodes inside and…yeah. I know you get it.

      Thanks so much for stopping by – and for hilariously commenting! 🙂

  17. I always get the urge to laugh when I’m doing some kid of training at work. It’s dangerous. Laughing in the face of my boss isn’t exactly the secret of success in the work world.

    1. Hi Jason! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

      You’re right – work is risky. I’m thinking of quitting, but it’s such a good source of comedy…

  18. hey julie, thank you for making me laugh! and congrats on being freshly pressed

    when i was a kid i always broke down in fits of giggles when i was in trouble.. having an adult shout in my face creased me every time, whether it was my dad or the headmaster. needless to say it only made the situation worse, which made me giggle more 😀

    but now im an adult with a child of my own to berate, it still happens. as soon as he starts to look upset or gives me a sad face, i start giggling. its impossible to have any kind of authority with this affliction

    chris x

    1. Hi Chris! Thank YOU for reading my blog and sharing your comment! I love it. Laughter in the face of authority is the highest form of respect. At least that’s what I keep trying to tell my boss.

  19. Loved your post. Having a good episode of the giggles is the best medicine!
    BTW, If you love laughing, you should try laughing yoga ! Don’t know how to insert a link directly into a comment but you might try to look at this clip or others on laughing yoga.

    1. Thank you!!! It looks like the video embedded in your comment, so yay for you, and for me! 🙂 I have actually seen some of this before and I love it! I think I’m going to start a campaign at work to get this going…

  20. Woooo Hoooo!! Glad to see you Freshly Pressed! I’m am the queen of getting the giggles. It’s usually always in serious situations like church (which I rarely attend) or like this past weekend at my daughter’s white coat ceremony when the guy singing the National Anthem sounded just like Kermit the Frog. The inside of my jaw is sore from biting it to quell my laughter.

    1. Thank you so much!!! It’s pretty awesome, I’m not gonna lie (and we both know I’m incapable of playing it cool)!

      hahaha I’m giggling just thinking of the patriotic Kermit. How did you make it through!?!

  21. Your post reminded me of a time when I was at an elementary school Christmas concert. One of the other moms and I got the giggles because the band was so bad. Everyone was looking at us, and we were trying not to look at one another, because that just made it worse. I’m laughing now just thinking about it.

    And congrats on being freshly pressed!

    1. Oh, thank you so much for sharing this! It really makes me happy to hear it reminded you of a moment like that! I’m smiling just thinking about it 🙂 I have DEFINITELY been in similar situations!!

  22. It is awesome.
    Laughter is the best medicine.

    Yesterday in a public transport a man asked for ticket to conductor giving him a rough surfaced coin. The conductor questioned him have you used this coin earlier like an Alladin’s lamp.

    On that me & the conductor continued to laugh until I de-board the Bus.

  23. This makes me think of the song/scene in Mary Poppins when they start laughing and have their tea party on the ceiling. Laughter is indeed infectious and the most universal language that we have. It has also been attributed to the angels. Oh so many good things it invokes.

    1. I think it’s so funny your user name is JuJu (one of my many nicknames) and you brought up Mary Poppins! Sometimes I try to pinpoint the root of my guilty pleasure obsession, and I totally forgot about that scene! Thank you for reminding me, and for reading my post! 🙂

  24. I feel lucky to be able to say that I have many people in my life with whom I can crack up with at the slightest trigger. My coworkers and I have giggle fits all the time, and my mom and I can giggle with just a glance! Its definitely a wonderful gift to have in your life!

  25. I had fully caffeinated starbucks and then could NOT stop laughing when i went to this little candy store with my friends. I was sitting on the floor laughing!!! the guy freaked out! 🙂

  26. Two of my friends and I got kicked out of a Teen Bible Study one week because we laughed during the prayer. We had all been goofing off all evening and had annoyed our leader to no end. I don’t know what was wrong with us, but we had finally gotten under control, and she started praying, and the one girl started laughing, and then me, and then our other buddy. It just traveled around the corner. Our leader kicked us out that week for not being respectful, but we were all good the next week when we met. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your stories. 🙂 It makes me feel a little better, knowing that I’m the only one who laughs at inappropriate times. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

    1. Thank YOU for reading and sharing YOUR story! I was giggling just reading it. I definitely used to have classmates I couldn’t sit near in school because they’d always get me going! And I’m lucky to say I still have people in my life like that!

      Thank you again – I really appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  27. Wonderful, wonderful post! We need a daily dose of posts like yours because laughter is really one of the best medicines (especially that baby). The older I get (63), the more absurd life becomes, and the more my response to it makes me pee my pants with laughter. You’re doing it through clips; I’m doing it through stories. Give us more — I’ll check back to keep on laughing!

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I sure do love to share a good clip! And this blog has really made me appreciate writing about my (many!) embarrassing moments – the WordPress community is awesome!

      Thanks again – I really appreciate it! Looking forward to checking out your blog, too! 🙂

  28. I have the worst timing for laughing. I think it’s because I’m a nervous laugher. When I get scared or anxious, I giggle. It has gotten me in trouble many a time. However, this also leads to some funny situations. When I was younger my family would take turns saying and doing random things to try to get me to laugh, I was always happy to oblige. Sometimes, you just need a giggle. Thanks for the post!

    1. haha I love it! I do the same exact thing. I also wanted to say thank you not only for reading and sharing, but also because this brought back such a great memory of this game I used to play with my brother and sister where two people would try to make the third one laugh (whoever held out the longest won). I used to try to get a handicap by saying, “You guys are older so you’re funnier. It’s not fair.” I don’t think it ever worked, and I’m also not sure my logic has improved since then, LOL

  29. Lol, “not the only one” – you are so right! My mother laughs at funerals and I have inherited the inappropriate giggling gene. My theory is that is must have survival value, perhaps to prevent us “dying of boredom”, as in your work meeting. Thanks for the fun post!

  30. I loved the post! These are hilarious videos, and your blog is amazing!

    Here’s a very cute and funny video like those above of Anderson Cooper giggling uncontrollably over some famous guying peeing on the plane. I loved it(:

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I cannot wait to watch this video when I get home – I think I love the ‘newscaster’ crack-ups so much because they’re supposed to be so serious!

  31. I can totally relate to this post! I mean, how great is a good giggle fest? The more inappropriate the situation, the better! You may feel like a greade-A jack ass after the fact, but in the moment a hard core giggle can be quite therapeutic and totally worth it…not to mention a good work out. Plus, it’s so much better when you can drag other people down with you. Safety in numbers!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!


    ps bacon grease…really?! hahahaha

    1. Hi Tricia! Yes, it’s the only kind of work-out I truly endorse, LOL! 😉 Thank you SO much!

      P.S. – I know. Karma is going to catch up with me – probably in a very “Bizarre Foods” kind of way.

  32. Hi Julie, It’s great seeing people laughing- and of course laughing yourself. Living in NYC kept my laughter down; but I was always a happy person naturally. I love to laugh and need more friends in my life that I can burst out laughing w/ from time-to-time (just moved out of the US to “calm & collected” France, so I’m workin’ on it..). Makes me think of the Dalai Lama and stories of spiritual people who laugh a lot. Speaking of which, check out this video called “Bodhisattva in metro” (Bodhisattva = enlightened being who stays on earth bc he loves it (attached) so much- so doesn’t become a Buddha):

    Thanks for your post and videos.


    1. Hi Dana! Thank YOU for reading and sharing! Living in NJ, I know NYC can be a tough place. The pictures on your blog are GORGEOUS; I’d love to hear more about the transition from NYC to France – I’m fascinated by people who can make such a brave/exciting move!

      1. Hey Julie!
        Thanks for checking out my blog. I have so many photos to add. So much beauty and history all around. It’s great for me because I’m a painter and have so much content and many beautiful colors to work with!

        I haven’t written much in my blog posts since it’s a public blog and I don’t want to get to personal; but perhaps a well-written post on my transition would be enjoyable for people to read. I sometimes feel that it’s been done so many times before on other anglophones’ French blogs so I don’t do it.. plus since it’s been written about so many times I have to come up w/ a way to make it more unique!

        Just to get an idea of how many French blogs there are, check out “A Taste of Garlic”!

        Bonne journée


        1. Hi again, Dana!

          Yes, France must be giving you some WONDERFUL inspiration! (I always wished I could paint. I like to draw sometimes as a hobby, but usually only sit down to do it a few times a year!)

          I know the feeling of shying away from a post idea because it seems like it’s been done so many times, but this is probably a topic that would be 100% unique to each writer, since your experience is bound to be frought with thoughts, ideas and feelings that no one else could have had. Yes, I’m totally peer pressuring you to write about this 🙂

          I will check out “A Taste of Garlic” and continue to oogle your gorgeous France photos. Thanks again!


          1. Argghh (French *pffffffffff!*) really must I write one? It wouldn’t be overkill? Tacky? “Hey there! I’m in France and here’s a little about my transition into French culture.. blahblahblah” BLEH! Really? Ya’ think it’s going to sound that unique? Pffffff.. euh…. bon ..

            I will try ………. peut-être…!


  33. Oh the amount of times I have wanted to laugh while on dates, it really does not bode well if you are giggling over little details that aren’t even that funny.

    The most inappropriate time for giggling….when your child has done something so bad it is funny and then they have you over a barrel because you should be cross but you can’t stop laughing

    1. hahaha Usually on bad dates I found things funny AFTER that I kind of wish I thought were funny at the time (would have made the whole experience a lot less painful)! I’m so surprised no one has mentioned the kids – I know exactly what you mean! I don’t have kids yet, but from LOTS of baby-sitting, I know that that is one of the hardest times not to laugh! It’s actually even harder when my sister/sister-in-law are trying to discipline THEIR kids, because they say and do some really hilarious things!

      Thanks SO much for comin’ over and commenting! 🙂

      P.S. – I absolutely LOVE your gravatar pic!

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