This week’s theme on Rarasaur’s PromtForThePromptless is Gag Humor: a repeating word, phrase, motion or situation that adds humor to a conversation/book/movie.
My husband calls me a squirrel. Other people just call me a nut. And anyone who works with a nut knows that they have nutty quirks. And nutty quirks lead to nutty stories. And nutty stories lead to gag humor. I am a pen nut at my job. Pens are still pretty necessary in hospitals, although that’s slowly changing. Now I mostly use pens for writing notes on myself, as I can never find a sticky note, or keep it on me when I do. But back in the day when all orders, treatments and medical records were handwritten, the absence of a pen for even a few minutes was a Critical Emergency. One was simply shut down without it.
Enter the pen necklace. This amazing invention was the meat to my potatoes, the yin to my yang and without it I was just lost. My special pen necklace was NEVER off my neck. Of course, because I was organized and always well penned, people would grab my pen off the pen holder on the necklace AND NOT BRING IT BACK. That was #1 on my offense list and when I realized the pen was out of the holder I ran around like a wild woman yelling out to all and sundry, “Ahhhh! My pen! Who has it! Have you seen it? Have you? Have you? Have you?” I literally couldn’t do anything without my pen and life and my sanity quickly went downhill.
My co-workers quickly picked up on this weakness of mine and the games began. My pen was held hostage on a regular basis, turning up in bizarre areas doing bizarre things. But the piece de resistance was walking in one day with my pen holder hanging like a criminal with a tampon stuffed up into its’ little head and a note ransoming off the pen body. I did get the pen back, but the tampon pen became a joke that was used to lighten the mood for years afterwards!
I don’t carry alcohol well. Which was quickly noted by my co-workers when we went out. As a subspecialty, our unit went to a lot of meetings and conferences. While at my first conference I went to an evening dinner and was appalled to be at a meeting where physicians spent the entire night arguing. Wanting to be anywhere else, I had more than what I allot myself to drink out of boredom.
Unfortunately I was at a table of jokesters, and egged me on when I complained about having to listen to the arguments. I began throwing myself around, banging my head on the table and I finally said, “Who dares me to fall out of my chair and have a seizure?” Well, Dr B dared me, and I promptly flopped out of my chair while pretending to choke myself with a napkin and have a seizure. The entire table was convulsed with laughter. Unfortunately my boss saw the entire episode. So I was grounded from conferences for a long time. Of course the story got around, and periodically my co-workers would grab a napkin and pretend to choke themselves with it whenever they had to listen to something they did not want to hear!
What gag humor situations have you seen at work?