Age of the Understatement

Crawford 202 is nothing if not lively.  Of late we’ve been especially raucous.  Each of us has our own running jokes.  For me, it’s my (not at all charming, no matter what Anne may think) Akron A “a”ccent.  For Ryan, it’s a newly developed game we’ll call “trachea”. (I swear, that boy’s never allowed to watch Fight Science again.)  And for Ellen, it’s the fact that she’s Benjamin Button.

It all started the other day while we were watching the Olympics.  Ellen, Ryan, and Amanda were discussing famous gymnasts from the last Summer Olympics.  Amanda mentioned Shawn Johnson and Ryan offered Alicia Sacramone, but it was really Ellen who took the cake by saying, “Mary… Mary Lou Retton.” We weren’t even alive for that, Ellen. Come on! So, for the last few days we’ve been coming up with little jokes to hurl at her. Doing this was like living in our own little sitcom. Amanda is by far the best at it, but here’s a little sample of what we’ve come up with:

  • Did you used to wake up in the morning feeling like Frank Sinatra?
  • Do you regret buying one of those really big cell phones?
  • What did you name your pet rock?
  • What was the Breakfast Club like in theaters?
  • When you saw the first movie, were you afraid that the train was going to come out of the screen?
  • Did your hoop skirt make cuddling harder?
  • Was Halley’s Comet better the first or second time around?
  • Did you have to relocate during the Dust Bowl?
  • Were you personally affected by the Depression?
  • Was you elementary school class segregated?
  • Did prohibition put a damper on your clubbing?
  • Did your dad build a bomb shelter in your back yard?
  • Did a lot of your friends go to Canada to dodge the draft?
  • Were you the first family on the block to have a color TV?
  • Could you teach us how to play the game with the hoop and the stick?
  • Did you, like the rest of America, think that Dewey was going to win the election?
  • Did your leg warmers clash with your Hammer pants?
  • When kids in your class needed graphing calculators, did you feel weird using an abacus?
  • How did if feel to finally get the right to vote?
  • What was it like to be at the Seneca Falls Convention?
  • What was it like to see the Beatles play the Ed Sullivan show?
  • Were you afraid that War of the Worlds was real?
  • Where were you when Kennedy was shot?
  • Did you call Charlemagne “Charlie”?

One thought on “Age of the Understatement

  1. I support everything about this new joke meme:

    -Was flagpole sitting really as cool as everyone said?
    -How did you feel watching the Miracle on Ice happen?
    -Who was better: Fairbanks and Pickford, or Brangelina?
    -Was it just as good to see films in nickelodeons?
    -Is it hard to ride a bike where the front wheel is five times as large as the rear wheel?
    -Was Taft fatter in person?

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