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Funny and Inspirational Stories
Welcome to A Time to Laugh. Do you like funny stories and inspirational stories? Grab yourself a cup of your favorite coffee or tea, put your feet up, and surf here for a bit. You'll find a broad collection of funny and inspirational stories, along with a gallery of funny images, funny pictures, and clean jokes to keep you laughing. Story links are found in the text which follows, and to the right. You can also visit our SiteMap for a full listing of all stories, or Search for stories with you own keywords. Enjoy!
(Ever wonder? Does milk come out their noses when cows laugh?)
Irish Ghost Story
Halloween is a great time for ghost
stories! This story happened some time ago in Dublin, and
even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s true.
John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.
The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped.
John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door... Only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.
Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.
A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying... And wasn’t drunk.
Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...
Look, Paddy... there’s that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!
Funny People Stories
The Funny People stories include those infamous Darwin Awards, stories from the courtroom, and funny travel agent tales. Here you will read what could go wrong with professionals, like in surgery. And how about words can have different meanings for women and men. What about bachelors, ever look in their refrigerators? Pilots, teachers, and even librarians are part of funny stories. Sometimes the funniest stories come from the workplace. Of course, sleeping at work requires a good story to stay out of trouble!
Funny Animal Stories
The Funny Animals pages include funny stories and pictures of dogs, cats, dinosaurs, monkeys, cows, and wet kitties. Our pets are part of the family. And we love to tell funny cat stories, and funny dog stories. Sometimes our animals show us a serious side too, being there for us in times of need. In fact, along with being very funny, they can be inspiring too!
"Just because I’m awake doesn’t mean I ready to do anything."
Funny Signs are everywhere if we slow down long enough to look. There are even signs for dogs. And sometmes signs are just plain funny when put in the wrong place. We often tell our friends about funny signs. Whether the simple customer service policy, the "lazy paint striping", also known as "road kill humor", or the baby biker getting a speeding ticket, it's good to smile at the signs in our lives.
Funny Stories at Work
The Work Place is where we usually spend one third, or more, of our lives. And isn't work more fun when you're laughing! How about those great excuses for sleeping at work? Some people have great funny stories! Or corporate travel budget cuts? Or the challenges and woes of a new job.
Aging Should be fun
Aging Gracefully groups together a mixture of short thoughts and funny stories about aging. And there are some thoughts about how to be green, then and now. And there is a lot of fun and laughing as we grow older, especially if we don't take life too seriously all the time! Funny stories, and inspiring stories.
Funny Computer Stories and Jokes
What do you think of when you hear the word "Technology". In this day and age we often turn to computers. But then, computer jokes aren't just for the tech-savy or geeks. "Understanding Computers" may be funny and helpful, and "Dr. Seuss explaining PCs" is a wonderful tutorial on computers.
"I may be old, but I got to see all the Cool 70's Bands."
God's Sense of Humor
Clealy perhaps, God has quite a sense of humor - He created us after all. And laughing is good for us, and all good things come from God . . . even the funny stuff. See if you agree when reading "A Kitten from Heaven", or the explanation of life beginning with God's creation of the dog.
Dads, Moms, Kids - Funny Families Stories
Aren't families great? Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with a few nuts. What an inspiration for funny stories! Dads, Moms, and Kids brings us words and stories from the mouths of babes, the views of a child, things my mother taught me, and even of the life of Barbie, coming of age.
Stories of Christmas & Other Holidays
Holiday stories are often great fun, like Holiday Rum Cake, or they may be very profound inspirational stories, like the story of Jeremy and Easter, and the Empty Egg, or the story of Edith Burns, Do You Believe in Easter. And for Christmas, you can write your own story.
Why? Why are things like they are? why?
Ever Wonder Why? What could this be about? Well, have you ever called the mental health hotline just for fun? Yes, it's a bit funny and a reason to laugh. And what about how-to-clean your toilet? This is especially popular with dog lovers, though cat lovers may not find it so humorous. It's amazing some of the crazy thoughts that come from "The Hmuan Mnid", and other funny stories.
Stories and insights from kids
A Child's Insight is all about funny kids. You remember those great moments with Art Linkletter, "Kids Say the Darndest Things"? It's true, they make you laugh, they make you cry, they tell you a story, then make you stop and think for a moment. Their prayers, quotes, and letters can be funny, inspirational, and filled with wisdom. Take a moment to look at the world from A Kid's Eye View beginning at A Child's Insight.
Money can tell a story too
Money and More is about money, as expected. It is also about more, sometimes funny, sometimes practical, sometimes with a bit of inspirational insight. It is a topic often talked about, as long as it doesn't get too personal or strike too close to home. Maybe that's even okay sometimes.
inspiring stories of faith
Do you have Encouraging Faith? Does God Live Under your Bed? Does God Whisper? Do you Carry Your Umbrella? Some stories are funny, some stories are inspirational. Be encouraged to slow down, and let some of these sink into your soul.
inspiring stories of life eternal
It is said at times, that life is short. Taking The Long View includes inspirational stories about lifetimes, and relationships that matter, and eternity. And be sure to read about grandparents and S-H-M-I-L-Y, it may touch your heart!
Stories of miracles
Do Miracles Happen in our day and age? How about a Letter from Heaven or an answered prayer about glasses. Be encouraged and inspired. Have you heard the story of Dr. Carlton Armstrong, or the illustration of the birdcage? You be the judge.
take a moment to smell the roses
Do you ever stop to Smell the Roses? Life is busy. Life is fast. It's the age in which we live. And it's getting faster every day. There's an inspiring story of a man driving too fast, when his car was hit by a brick. And some wisdom from Erma Bombeck, about Living Life Over. And similar ones about time, and people, and what's important.
stories of people changing the world
Change the World is a collection of inspirational stories about people making a difference. Whether the classic story involving a telegraph call, a tale of the old fisherman, or the lesson from Brother Christianson, these and others bring pause and thoughtfulness.
Stories that question. why? what? how?
Why? What? How? These are inspirational stories that seem to lead down an unknown, or uncharted path. It is not always clear to see where they are leading. The destination often rises unexpectedly, and perhaps profoundly in the end. Like the Bible-and-the-Coal-Basket, or the Kings-Highway. Enjoy these and be inspired by the little things in your life that may not make sense now, you may discover their true purpose later.
Thought provoking Stories
What do you think about? The pages beginning with "Thoughts" are a group of short inspiring stories about the people in your life, and also about those twists and turns that you may not have considered before. Some are even, well, pecular. For example, "The Beauty of Math" is quite an example of the symetry of numbers. "The Fern and the Bamboo" is about a conversation with God.
Ecclesiastes: to everything there is a season
Eccelesiastes 3 is a short web study, offering insight into this mysterious book of the Bible. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh. This book is the inspiration for this site.
What do you think of when you hear or read the word, "story"? What exactly is a story? Where do funny stories come from? Where do inspirational stories come from? Why do they often ring such a chord in our souls? And when did people first begin storytelling?
This could be a long discussion. Instead, how about some ideas to get you started, and you consider when and where storytelling began. And why stories matter. Actually, the "when did storytelling begin" is easy to know, yet hard to prove. Funny and inspiring stories have been told from father to son, mother to daughter, friend to friend, and person to person since the beginning of man on the planet.
And "where did sharing stories begin" is also easy to understand, yet hard to prove. Storytelling is universal, across all cultures, across all geographies, and across all recorded, and unrecorded history.
"Why do stories matter"? That's the question for philosophers, scholars, theologians, psychologists, and every man or woman who seeks to understand the world around them. When a father wants to teach his son how to be a good father when he grows up, he may share funny stories of his own youth. When a grandparent tells inspirational stories of their childhood to their grandkids, they are passing along a personal or family legacy, that may not be recorded beyond the hearing of those eager ears.
Oral traditions were used to remember the great deeds within a culture, long before written records were invented. We often know of great kings of old, only through the oral traditions, that were later recorded. Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" are example of writing based on oral traditions. Spoken stories were often memorized as poems, songs, or psalms.
Words were often written as a way to capture stories, and spread them to wider audiences. The printing press was a marvel of the time, putting the stories of the Bible directly into the hands of the masses. This was the beginning of a storytelling revolution.
And that was just of the beginning impact of technology on "the story". In the decades and centuries since the printing press, the means of passing along a great inspirational story have multiplied beyond the wildest dreams of the early Chinese inventors, or of Johannes Gutenberg and his printing press in southern Germany.
Consider how many millions of book pages tell funny stories, dramatic stories, inspirational stories, happy stories, and sad stories. They make you laugh, they make you cry. Many stories are told the old fashion way, with a new twist, as audio books. And electronically on your Kindle or Nook reader.
Stop and think of the stories you hear inside your favorite music tunes too. You smile and laugh at "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". You listen reverently to the words of the story in "Amazing Grace". You may even follow the storyline of "The Wall" by Pink Floyd. Universal, across all styles and languages of the world.
And what's a good movie without a good story? The best actors in the world still need that inspired story to make a movie connect with the audience. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, father and son, a tragic, and yet triumphantly inspiring story of the redemption of the father and their relationship.
Television comedies and drama condense those funny stories into thirty or sixty minutes of laughter, action, conflict, and resolution. Not to be outdone, video games like "Super Mario Brothers", "Wing Commander", and "Myst" relied upon that human need to understand, and enjoy the world through storytelling. Add the Internet, websites, and stories shared via email. Stories can be told, retold, and passed along to others with the click of a button now.
What's the next phase of storytelling? Great question, unknown answer. For now, we hope you enjoy reading the inspirational stories found here. And if you have a great or funny story of your own to add, visit our contact page to send it to us!
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