Do you ever wonder . . .

...why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?


...why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?


...why you don’t ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?


...why “abbreviated” is such a long word?


...why doctors call what they do “practice”?


...why you have to click on “Start” to stop Windows 98?


...why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, while dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?


...why the man who invests all your money is called a broker?


...why there isn’t mouse-flavored cat food?

...who tastes dog food when it has a “new & improved” flavor?


...why Noah didn’t swat those two mosquitoes?


...why they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?


...why they don’t make the whole plane out of the material used for the indestructible black box?


...why sheep don’t shrink when it rains?


...why they are called apartments when they are all stuck together?


...if con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?


...why they call the airport “the terminal” if flying is so safe?


It says so on the label, so it must be correct!

In case you need further proof that the human race is doomed because of stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.


On a Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping. (and that's the only time I have to work on my hair).


On a bag of Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. (the shoplifter special)?


On a bar of Dial soap: “Directions: Use like regular soap.” (and that would be how?....)


On some Swanson frozen dinners: “Serving suggestion: Defrost.” (but, it's “just” a suggestion).


On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): “Do not turn upside down.” (well...duh, a bit late, huh)!


On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: “Product will be hot after heating.” (...and you thought?...)


On packaging for a Rowenta iron: “Do not iron clothes on body.” (but wouldn’t this save me more time?)


On Boot's Children Cough Medicine: “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.” (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts.)


On Nytol Sleep Aid: “Warning: May cause drowsiness.” (and...I’m taking this because?....)


On a Japanese food processor: “Not to be used for the other use.” (now, somebody out there, help me on this. I’m a bit curious.)

The not-so-good samaritan

A man died and went to The Judgment. They told him , “Before you meet with God,  I should tell you — we’ve looked over your life, and to be honest you really didn’t do anything particularly good or bad. We’re not really sure what to do with you. Can you tell us anything you did that can help us make a decision?”

The newly-arrived soul thought for a moment and replied, “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs. “He was a big, muscular guy with a ring pierced through his lip. Well, I tore the  ring out of his lip, and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!”  

“Wow that’s impressive. When did this happen?” 

“About three minutes ago,” came the reply.

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Jennia Ganit Chodorov

Jennia, who introduced the Humor Page in the Esra Magazine 14 years ago, also initiated Tolerance Education projects in the Sharon area and served as Chairperson in 1997. After developing export ma...
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