Today’s post is inspired by some of the silly stuff I see in everyday life that astounds me with its stupidity. For example, I was just watching a comedy show on TV when a commercial featuring actress Jenny McCarthy, of anti-childhood-vaccinations fame, came on advertising a brand of electronic cigarettes.

Now, let me get this straight: This so-called health freak who has done more to re-introduce deadly diseases back into society than Typhoid Mary is advertising cigarettes. For one thing, I thought it was illegal to advertise cigarettes in the first damn place—electronic or not—and for another, I find it cruelly ironic that she’s glorifying smoking while encouraging American parents not to vaccinate their kids against measles, mumps. whooping cough et. al. I wish she’d STFU and go away before she gets those unvaccinated kids hooked on e-cigarettes.

Speaking of obnoxious advertising, I also loathe the commercials for alcoholic beverages which carry the tagline “Drink Responsibly”. Really??  I know WHY the companies do that; they figure the token disclaimer absolves them of any guilt associated with enticing young consumers to use their products by glamorizing the consumption of a poisonous substance. Sorry to say it, but there’s enough stupidity out there that some of ’em really do believe that a few bottles of Dos Equis will make them seem worldly and interesting. I don’t always bitch about commercials on TV, but when I do, I prefer to hate on the booze ads.

Here’s another thing that gets me. Young males seem to be overwhelmingly prone to ridiculous stunts, and there’s a mass market for TV shows featuring them lighting farts, diving out of second-floor windows into swimming pools, and inventing new and novel ways of using skateboards to injure themselves. There’s a host of Top 20 Dumbest (Drivers/Brawlers/Partyers/fill in the blank); and then there’s 1000 Ways To Die and Ridiculousness.

All of them are hilarious until the moment when you realize that these idiot-sticks have absolutely NO idea that they’re going to get hurt…..that’s when you actually start feeling sorry for them. (Well, not really, but at least you think you feel sorry for them because that’s what nice people do.)

One of the episodes we watched tonight showed one poor dip-wad who decided that jumping off the roof of his house onto a trampoline and then off the trampoline into the pool was just a dandy idea. Now, this sounds like fun, and in another lifetime even I, as a tomboy in my youth, might have done it on a dare. To his credit, the kid calculated his jumps carefully and had the trampoline optimally positioned, he had a friend recording the proceedings, and he had more friends as spotters. What could possibly go wrong?

He made it, but not in the manner he’d planned. He wound up taking an extra bounce from the trampoline onto the concrete edge of the pool before landing in the water. But what got me was his reaction: he actually had the nerve to be surprised that he busted his ass. He was crying and yelling “Why (bleep)?! How the (bleep) could this happen? (Bleepin’) OWWWWWW!!” Uh, maybe because you forgot the laws of (bleepin’) gravity?




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I'm a retired registered nurse and writer who also happens to be street-rat crazy, if the DSM-IV.....oops, 5---is to be believed. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 55, and am still sorting through the ashes of the flaming garbage pile that my life had become. Here, I'll share the lumps and bumps of a late-life journey toward sanity.... along with some rants, gripes, sour grapes and good old-fashioned whining from time to time. It's not easy being bipolar in a unipolar world; let's figure it out together.

9 thoughts on “Ridiculousness

  1. Whereas I still am not a big fan of advertising and children thinking e-cigs are “god” for you because they are still addictive and that’s not good, to their credit though the have removed all cancer causing substances and are now pretty much nicotine and flavored water. I wouldn’t recommend starting e-cigs if you don’t already smoke, but if you are addicted I would recommend switching to them.

    As far as the vaccination thing goes it’s just one in the long line of things where people ignore the science. I could write this same blog about climate change, a lot of science backs it up, but many (mostly conservatives) deny it even though the evidence is solid. So it really isn’t just her…we are just annoyed because her particular thing she so blindly ignores is something we can see. However, if she was denying climate change despite the science behind perhaps one might agree with her and jump on the deny the science bandwagon.

    I like alcohol, but I agree that is simply a stupid legal ploy that does nothing but shirks responsibly. My favorite is a bottle of beer I drank recently that said “Taste responsibly” as though I opened it to just take a sip, a little taste, and then dump the rest. Didn’t happen. I finished it and I may have had a 2nd one and the I responsibly sat on my couch blogging or watching TV or whatever didn’t involve leaving the house/driving. But I sure as heck didn’t just taste it.


  2. Eh, I am Slavic girl who can outdrink many westerners… I do think you can actually drink responsibly and it’s not about amount, but knowing how much you can handle (I know if I cannot pick up coins and lights get blurry it’s time to stop). Not really proud of it… but I can easily drink with Russians and be okay.

    It seems we Slavs have some drinking culture (and we like to whine about those stupid tourists who get so shit faced on cheap booze here and act obnoxious and post on FB about getting “sooooooo drunk”). We drink to feel good… and that includes to feeling horribly sick the day after. Or maybe it’s our metabolism, who knows. Anyways, the tourguides to Slavic Europe actually often say “don’t try to keep up with locals when drinking”. All the Westies should read it. Just because beer is cheaper than water in pub doesn’t mean you have to make fool out of yourself.


    1. You can say *that* again! 🙂 I used to be able to drink with the best of them here in America, but then I met a Russian co-worker who put me under the table in an hour flat. I couldn’t keep up. I shouldn’t have tried. LOL


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