Emergency Bag of Chips

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It’s hard to be funny.

It’s even harder to be funny and brief.

Twitter makes you be brief, and sometimes people are funny unintentionally there, but it takes a craftperson to be funny and brief on Twitter (on purpose).

Especially if they are not a professional comedian.

The following tweet makes me laugh for several reasons.

There is a formula to funny, which is: One, two… duck. (Quack.)

In other words, set the pattern and then release a surprise.

Here is the part I like best about this:

  • Not only is the person slacking off by not doing their work (and that’s funny because it’s such an irrational excuse)
  • But THEN they jump with both feet into the slacking off, really owning it, by opening a bag of chips in front of the person telling them to get to work.

But while that is funny, here’s what makes me laugh:

It’s an emergency bag of chips.

So that’s funny because first of all, this person had the foresight to buy an emergency bag of chips.

What emergency requires that? No one knows. Doesn’t matter.

Second, although they themselves are not in an emergency, they are opening the emergency bag of chips, possibly out of some sort of solidarity for those who are bracing for the hurricane.

And there in a nutshell – actually, my verbosity is about as far from “in a nutshell” as it gets – you have the essence of the type of thing that makes me laugh.

It’s not even potato chips. It’s generic. Chips. Could be anything. Over here, that would be chips for chips and salsa (tortilla chips). At your house it might be potato chips.

I think for the author, it’s barbecued potato chips.

But it doesn’t matter.

Saying “chips” (and not specifying potato chips), makes it all the more universal – and therefore able to make more people smile.

It’s not easy to be funny, but it’s easy to appreciate it when somebody is.

Well done.


Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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