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Songs of Laughter

We all need a laugh every once in a while. It literally adds years to our lives. The songs below are some of the funniest I have ever heard, so I am recommending them to you, readers. Here’s hoping you are rolling on the floor laughing by the time you finish this post!

Enjoy!

The Mithril Guardian

The Streak – Ray Stevens

I Love Rocky Road – Weird Al Yankovic

Ned Nostril – Ray Stevens

American Pie – Don McClean

The Saga Begins – Weird Al Yankovic

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival – Ray Stevens

The Truck Got Stuck – Corb Lund

Sports Song – Weird Al Yankovic

Sittin’ Up with the Dead – Ray Stevens

The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen

Erik the Awful – Ray Stevens                       

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens

Shriner’s Convention – Ray Stevens

Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina

Joggin’ – Ray Stevens

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton

Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens – Ray Stevens

The Witch Doctor – Alvin & The Chipmunks

Ahab the Arab – Ray Stevens

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Book Review: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

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A Long Way from Chicago was a gift I received years ago.  Sadly, though, I did not get around to reading it for some time.  But when I did I learned just what I had been missing.

The novel revolves around Joey Dowdel and the adventures he and his sister Mary Alice have as they are growing up.  Every August during the Great Depression the two are sent down south to stay with their grandmother in her small Illinois town.  They call her Grandma; the neighbors call her Mrs. Dowdel.  We readers know her as Grandma Dowdel.

Grandma Dowdel is as big as a barge and as odd as only an old lady who has lived by her wits and her will can be.  On their first visit, Joey and his sister learn that Grandma likes her privacy.  She does not want any snoopy neighbors poking their noses into her business, period.  So when a fancy-shmancy reporter comes to town to do a story on the recently deceased “Shotgun” Cheatham’s life history, Grandma decides to send the man packing.  But she does it in the most unexpected way possible:  she hosts Cheatham’s remains in her house, sitting up with the dead until he can be buried!

If you think that is a recipe for fun, wait until next summer, when Grandma teaches the Cowgill brothers not to go around blowing up mailboxes and privies – especially if it is her mailbox!  The year after that, she takes her grandchildren on a crime spree in order to feed the hungry – and put the town sheriff in his place.  😉

The high jinks only get higher as the summers pass.  Despite the Depression, Grandma finds plenty of ways not only to keep her grandchildren busy, but to maintain the rhythm and security of the town she says she “couldn’t give two hoots about.”  Joey and Mary Alice – along with the reader – never know what is going to happen next.

And that is just the way Grandma Dowdel likes it.

A Long Way from Chicago is a rip-roaring good book.  It is full of laughs.  Rereading it again a little while ago, I was surprised at how much I had forgotten.  I was equally surprised at how much the book made me laugh!

There are two sequels to this book, possibly three, and they are as hilarious as this one – maybe even more so.  Richard Peck’s series is classic, readers; this blogger recommends it highly.  And since I happen to “give two hoots” about you, I suggest that you grab a copy of A Long Way from Chicago and start reading!

See you around!

The Mithril Guardian

Which Christmas Carol Is the Best? – You Decide!

Last time it was Christmas songs. This time you get to vote for your favorite Christmas carol. No, not the one with Scrooge and Tiny Tim! Here’s the list – go have some fun!!!

Merry Christmas!

The Mithril Guardian

Vote for Your Favorite Christmas Song!

Below is a poll of Christmas songs. These are all the Christmas songs I have heard over the years. I may have forgotten a few, or I may have missed some entirely, but here’s the list anyway.

Hope you had fun voting!

Until next time!

The Mithril Guardian

Marvel at the Laughter

One of the things I enjoy almost as much as a good film are the bloopers that result from making a good movie.  So I was more than a little upset when I discovered that the DVD of Marvel’s The Avengers I had did NOT include a blooper reel.  RATS!!!

Eventually, however, I was able to find the official gag reel for The Avengers.  At least, I think it is the official gag reel.  Whether it is or not, it sure is funny!

And so, without further ado, here it is!

So far, among my friends, the unanimous favorite gag is Mark Ruffalo’s joke at the end of the reel.  Personally, I get a huge kick out of watching the Captain America stuntman (or maybe it was Chris Evans, I cannot tell when they are wearing the costume) miss his landing.  Honestly, sometimes I think actors and actresses are children in adults’ bodies.  I know we all have a child inside, but not all of us have a camera filming us when the child peeks out.

While searching the Internet for bloopers for The Avengers, I came across this gag reel for Thor: The Dark World:

Is it just me, or does Tom Hiddleston make a sound like a cat at the end of this gag reel?  I think he does, but it is hard to be sure.  I know it is a short blooper reel, but that does not make it any less fun.

Come back and enjoy the videos as much as you want.  After all, everyone needs a little laughter from time to time!

Until next time!

The Mithril Guardian