Things That Make Me Laugh


1. Now that we live on the second-to-top floor of our apartment building, I spend a lot of time looking at the elevator numbers, watching them slowly light up. Varun and I were shocked to realize that there really isn’t a 13th floor. Is this a North America thing? A Western thing? Does anyone else find this odd? This remnant of superstition in an otherwise scientific setting (a well-engineered elevator) makes me giggle.

2. Yesterday, we had supper at the house of a couple from Church who I hope will become our New Friends. The wife is American and the husband was telling us about their plans for American thanksgiving. He said, “So we’ll gather our American comrades together for a thanksgiving dinner”. The wife and I, both Americans, looked at each other and laughed at the mention of the word “comrade”. If I had one word to describe Americans, that would not be it.

Later, we were chatting in the living room and I picked up a book entitled “The Jaguar at the Quark”. Intrigued, I read the title aloud. Varun asked, “Is that quark as in physics, or as in a funny personality?”. Quark. Quirk. Classic.

He also told them about this blog. “Amelia has a blog where she makes fun of me. You should read it, it’s pretty funny”. Reason #782 that I love this guy: unbelievable sense of humor.

….Now, if you’ll excuse me, my Engineer Husband and his engineer friend are playing a SERIOUS game of Pandemic, and it’s my turn. (In the time it took this Photo to load, I cured a pandemic-porportion disease. Booyah. )

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miranda
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:47:50

    I’ve never seen an elevator in Canada with a 13th floor. And a lot of the elevators in North York don’t have a 4th floor either, because 4 is an inauspicious number in Chinese.

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  2. Moses
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 01:58:39

    I was actually listening to a CBC radio program today called “Quirks & Quarks.” It made me smile.

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  3. Team Oyeniyi
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 15:49:25

    We grew up “knowing” that Americans hate the number 13 and there were no level 13 in buildings or row 13 on planes. I don’t know how true it is – I am sure there was a row 13 on my last United Airlines flight to the US, but there must have been some truth to the tale for it to have reached all the way to New Zealand! :lol: Your building would seem to add some fact to the story!

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  4. Lindsay
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:14:01

    That always confused me. Just because you call the 14th floor the “14th” doesn’t change the fact that it is 13 flights up! :S

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  5. John Rafferty
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 21:22:52

    Totally bought Pandemic last weekend and can’t wait to find someone to play it with. I’m so anxious!!

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