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When something tickles our funny bone, it's natural to let it out with laughter. Hardy, boisterous laughter that would make Santa Claus blush and The Joker rethink his lifestyle choices. That begs the question, though: What could have possibly made someone laugh the hardest they ever had in their life? Surprisingly, answers may vary.


Reddit user, u/GarlicsPepper, wanted to know exactly what caused you to bust a gut when they asked:

What made you laugh the hardest in your entire life?

PIZZA. IS. NOT. A. SALAD.

I nearly lost my mind laughing at my buddy's bachelor party, late at night, sitting at a table after much drinking.

One of his friends, who is a lawyer, shared a theory that he'd heard. All foods can be categorized into four groups: Sandwich, Salad, Soup, or Ravioli. In other words, by this definition, a taco would be a sandwich (carb used to hold ingredients, open edges) whereas a calzone or a pop tart would be classified as a ravioli. This is obviously a ridiculous position, but most of us were used to this guy's nonsense.

However, one of the other guys at the table is from New York and took issue with this. He had never met the lawyer before this weekend. Things started getting heated. The more upset at these categories the guy from New York became, the more the lawyer doubled down and gave increasingly preposterous explanations and logic. "What about spaghetti you f-cker?" "Clearly a salad, it's tossed ingredients with a dressing." Meanwhile the rest of us were starting to lose it at how upset the New Yorker was getting.

It culminated in the guy from New York standing up out of his chair, slamming his hands against the table and passionately screaming "PIZZA IS NOT A F---ING SANDWICH" while the rest of us were crying laughing. Good times.

swingfire23

Something So Funny It's Violent

I have a Ukrainian coworker who was several decades older than me, and is a super serious, pretty strange guy. He has a very stereotypical oldschool Soviet style to him (he always speaks and identifies as Russian). He heard my friend and I telling trivial amusing stories to each other on a break, and joined our little circle with the biggest smile on his face. Looking to join in and relate, he explains that when he was in University he had a car, but his friends destroyed his car by literally blugeoning it to pieces and then beat him viciously as a prank.

You know, as friends do.

Then he could barely get through the next part of the story he was laughing so hard, when he explained that from then on he had to run to and from University. He said he ran so often with his bag that he ended up separating his abdominal muscles and severely injuring himself. By this point my friend and I are dying from laughter too, so our comrade feels great about his smash hit of a story and heads back to his desk.

I still won't go in a room alone with that guy.

ThatKarmaWh-re

My Sister Is Half-Coyote

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Standing on the sidewalk next to one of those metal electrical boxes. My little sister is standing between me and the box, facing me. She shouts "TAG YOURE IT!" and spins around to run away at a full sprint.

She slams into the box just like Wile E Coyote running into a wall.

I have never laughed so hard in my life! The people passing by afterward just saw a six year old crying next to an adult laughing her a-- off uncontrollably on the ground. Eventually i composed myself and picked her up and told her she'll be alright. I felt so bad but d-mn if i wasnt suppressing giggles the whole way home.

notoriousfishtank

I Laughed So Hard I "Sit" Myself

My friend is from Japan. One time, she was trying to say "I was sitting on the bed," and instead she said, "I sh-t the bed."

I knew what she had meant to say, but I started laughing uncontrollably, something that was not helped by her yelling, "Nononononononono!" upon realizing she had royally f-cked up that sentence.

OMothmanWhereArtThou

Burning Rubber

During the peak of those "what in tarnation?" memes, my college buddies and I road tripped from Michigan to NO for Mardi Gras during our spring break.

About 10 hours in, when we were already feeling really goofy/bored from the long trip, a tire rolled across the highway in front of the car.

My friend, while the tire is still crossing our path, screams "WHAT IN TIIIIRE NAITON!".

And that stupid ass joke is the hardest I've ever laughed.

a_trane13

Tragedy is Best Followed By Comedy

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Told the story before, but it still one of my favorites:

Small child, maybe 4 years old is running with 2 two liter bottles of soda (maybe it was root beer). Lots of bouncing already. Then she trips, bottles go flying and she face plants. She lifts her head up to cry.... and just then... at that perfectly timed moment, the cap blows off one of the bottles into her face spraying her with soda and foam. Her mother runs over, still pushing the shopping cart for some reason, and naturally, slips on the other soda and trying to catch herself grabs the side of the shopping cart she and cart tip over. A bag of flour explodes and covers the sticky child.

All of this was done with the precision of a 1940s comedy short, it was really impressive. And sadly, I did not get to film it.

xilstudio

Comedy Comes In Stages

It was in summer this year actually.

There was a middle aged couple walking in front of me with Ice creams. The guy obviously didn't see the step ledge on the floor coming up and tripped over it. As he tripped over his flailing arm shoved the ice cream right onto an oncoming child's forehead. The ice cream cone stayed in place for a couple of second before it slid off. The kid looked like a f-cking unicorn.

I was literally crying with laughter and it was so hard to compose myself. You had to be there, but omg the funniest scene of events ever.

Millennial123

Luckily, It Wasn't Milk

In college my roommates and I had a fun ritual for putting away our groceries after shopping. There were so many of them we had to find a fun way to do it!

I posted myself with all the bags in the dining room and the other 4 posted in the kitchen. Then, I'd just start throwing the stuff at them. Pretty quick I might add.

It didn't matter if it was glass, milk jugs, soda, it got thrown. And they always caught it.

Until one day I threw a gallon of orange juice.

They all thought someone else had it and it ended up exploding all over the kitchen. A gallon of anything is a lot when it's suddenly all over the floor!

We all started laughing while trying to clean it up, tears and everything, but then one of my roommates looked at all of us and said "It's a good thing it wasn't milk, otherwise this would've been an udder catastrophe!"

At that, we all broke down laughing, on the ground, in the orange juice. It was just too perfect. Our abs and faces hurt so much from all the laughing.

In conclusion, I miss my roommates.

pandaspawdraws

Burning Rubber

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During the peak of those "what in tarnation?" memes, my college buddies and I road tripped from Michigan to NO for Mardi Gras during our spring break.

About 10 hours in, when we were already feeling really goofy/bored from the long trip, a tire rolled across the highway in front of the car.

My friend, while the tire is still crossing our path, screams "WHAT IN TIIIIRE NAITON!".

Man vs. Machine

At a party someone started a riding lawnmower up, turned the steering wheel to the left and put it in high gear so it ran around in circles. It was funny at first but got annoying after a while so we tried to shut it off. The problem is it was moving pretty fast and we were all too drunk to catch it. Every time one of us would try to grab it and hop on, we would miss fall over and get ran over by the lawnmower.

It got so funny watching everyone try that we couldn't stop laughing. We eventually started throwing rocks at it which was even funnier trying to see drunk people try and aim a rock at a moving object.

This went on for a good hour before it ran out of gas.

higbee77

13/10

Took my younger brother to one of the early X-Men movies years ago.

I asked him what he thought. "I give it a 7 .... out of 11 .... million".

Stupid, but I laughed. Then laughed more, and couldn't stop laughing. I couldn't drive us home for a while I was laughing so hard.

fmoss

You Know, As Cousins Do...?

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Back in the mid-90's when I was a 15-something teenager. My cousins and I had the house to ourselves, so one decides to put a porno in the VCR. I warned him that my dad was coming home soon and that he might want to think twice, but he didn't heed my warning. We kept watching the front door so we'd be ready to eject the tape and not get caught; lo and behold my dad just happened to come through the side door in the garage that day and was suddenly standing there behind us.

Myself and one of my cousins bolted out of the room when we noticed him, the 3rd cousin wasn't so lucky. He noticed us running off and, with my dad right behind him, shouted after us, "Hey, where you guys going?" At that point I lost all feelings in my legs as I fell to the floor in laughter. I could still see my cousin through the hallway, as he was slowly turning around and noticing my dad behind him, at which point he jumped back around, frantically trying to figure out how to turn off the VCR, but to no avail. It was one of those really old VCR's where Stop and Eject weren't on the front of the unit. He finally just dropped to his knees and tried "hugging" the TV to block the picture, crying that he was sorry.

I turned so red from laughter that it felt like I was running a fever, I had difficulty breathing for the rest of the day and my ribs felt like they'd been shattered. My poor cousin though, he not only got caught watching porn in hilarious fashion, but he also got teased for years.

Everything80sFan

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel

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Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.

calypsodweller

We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.

cookiearthquake

A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest

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Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.

FrankDrakman

Damn! That's smart. Wow.

fangxx456

Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.

DankeyKang11

The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.

oddstodd

Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.

Subwoofy

I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed

draculacletus

Sleeping Beauty

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I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.

DrMethusael

Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.

All-Seeing_Elon

I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.

smerter

A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.

Augumenti

This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.

blackbird77

Put This To The Taste

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My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.

turkeypr0

So what was the candy?

Poster_Main

Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."

turkeypr0

This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.

GodOfTheThunder

The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"

NO!

"Does it go on my head?"

NO! IT GOES ON ME!

"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"

NO!

"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"

NO!

[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.

insertcaffeine

Some Foot For Thought.

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My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.

Splittsky

That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.

PJQueen

Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.

SheaRVA

I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.

laik72

This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.

Galaxy_Ranger_Bob

The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.

AppealToReason16

The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'

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I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.

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