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THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Push your eyes for an interesting light show
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes) See a variety of blobs, stars
and flashes. Try to make out things - is your subconscience
trying to send yuo a message? Can you control what you see by
pressing different areas with different forces? Would it be
possible to somehow see the same effects on TV?

See how long you can hold your breath
(Amusement Potential: 4-20 minutes) Not that much fun, but it
sure passes the time. Play with a friend, or try to beat your
own personal best. Some tips: hyperventilate before hand, and
stay as still as possible. My personal best is 2:00 (exactly).

Try to not think about polar bears
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes) This is especially hard,
because by trying too much, you remember what you were trying
to avoid thinking of. If you try too little, you end up thinking
about polar bears anyway.

Scratch yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) Go ahead, scratch yourself
now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn't that feel pretty
good?

Hurt yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) What is pain? Why is it
unpleasant? There's nothing physical about it - it's all in your
mind. Plus, after pinching yourself for awhile, boredom will
seem nice next to being in pain.

Try to swallow your tongue
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) There's not much to say about
this one. It is possible.

Look at something for awhile, shut eyes, study after-image
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes) Another great time waster. It
takes about 30 seconds of staring to create an after-image,
and the image is then viewable for about the same length of
time. Fun to combine this one with pushing on your eyes.

Get yourself as nauseated as possible
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) Best achieved by looking
straight up and spinning around. Try to be so dizzy you can't
even stand up. This is also entertaining due to the "makes
boredom seem alot better" effect (see "Hurt Yourself").

THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH VERY LITTLE

See what's in your neighbor's trash
(Amusement Potential: 20-30 minutes) You can learn alot about
people by what they throw out. You might uncover some dark
secret about them. Plus, they might by throwing out something
with value, that still works, like a VCR.

Watch TV, repeat everything said in an Italian accent
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) Sort of entertaining. Fun to
pretend the people on the screen are actually talking that
way.

Call up people who write editorials you disagree with
(Amusement Potential: 15-60 minutes) I'm surprised no one has
thought of this before. Unleash your fury on the person who
had the nerve to write a letter like that! I'm pretty sure it
doesn't qualify as a prank phone call, too.

Make prank phone calls
(Amusement Potential: 20-60 minutes) Very entertaining, but
requires discipline. Remember - vulgarities don't make a call
funny, but getting the other person to believe a ridiculous
story will. Even more fun if you get a bunch of people on the
line using a Wonderphone and take turns making the calls. One
to get you started off: Call McDonald's, try to make
reservations.

Pretend all humans will die except for people in room with you
(Amusement Potential: 10-20 minutes) What would you do if this
really happened? Would the group stay together, or would
there be factions? Who would join what group? Remember, there
would only be power for a few days before the plants ran out
of fuel or broke. To travel you would always have to be near
cars to syphon gas out of. Best to do with people you know.

Step off a curb with eyes shut, imagine it's a cliff
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes) To get any benefit out of
this one, you have to have a good imagination. Don't step off
immediately...build to the jump. Study the ravine below. Feel
the winds at that altitude. Step off and...AHHHHHH!!!!!

Burn things with a magnifying glass
(Amusement Potential: 5-30 minutes) Ants are always fun to use
for this, but burning the face of someone you don't like,
under some circumstances can be just as entertaining.

THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ANOTHER PERSON

Have a water drinking contest
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes) While the competition is
fun, you probably won't feel too good afterward. To give your
event an old western theme, slam the cups upside down on the
tables after you have emptied them.

Stare at the back of someone's head until they turn around
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes) This works on the "I have the
feeling I'm being watched" principle. Conduct an
experiment- does this really work?

Have a "Who is less competitive" competition
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes) Trying to win at this will
make you lose. Trying to lose makes you win which makes you
lose. Not trying at all makes you lose which makes you win
which makes you lose.

Pick up a dog so it can see things from your point of view
(Amusement Potential: 3-5 minutes) Think about it: your dog has
only seen the house from a viewpoint from 6" to 2' high (15
to 60 cm for all you metric fans). It's never seen the tops of
counters, what you keep on your desk, the tops of shelves, etc.
looking at things from its point of view too.

Pull out a hair, stick it in someone's ear
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes) Best done to sleeping people.
Added challenge in having no one else around, because then
you can't blame it on anyone else. Try to beat your record
number of times before the person catches on.

Pour water in hand, make sneeze noise, throw water on back of person's
neck
(Amusement Potential: 5-15 minutes) Always a good gag. For an
even bigger reaction out of the person, act like you're not
sorry at all for what they think you did. Comment instead on how
big that sneeze was or about how there was alot of mucus in
that one.






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