Humor. There seems to be so much these days that we aren't allowed to laugh about. Someone somewhere might be offended. Unfortunately, the very things people find offensive are only offensive if you don't let them be laughed at.
I know the most awful jokes. Pick a race and I probably know a joke about it. Religion? Gender? Hair color? Nationality? Socio-economic status? I've heard them all and laughed at most of them. (Some are real stinkers.) And you know what's funny? I could tell them because I never believed any of them were true.
My father told me a lot of them. He never believed they were true either, but he could tell a joke so well you'd be wheezing trying to breathe while you laughed. (Until you'd heard him tell it a score of times because while you'd heard it, every other person he encountered hadn't. I still can't tell his stuttering bible-salesman joke without cringing a little.)
I know bawdy jokes and naughty jokes and ones that would turn your ears red. Ones no woman ought to tell - except no one told me I shouldn't tell them. Because they're just jokes. Words strung together to make a funny story. They aren't true and rarely have any basis in reality.
Three-legged dog walks into a bar and says "I'm lookin' for the man who shot my paw." Which is one of the cleanest jokes I know, but probably offended someone somewhere.
Some of the most horribly wrong things are things we need to laugh at because they ARE horribly wrong. I think when the world stops laughing... When mankind starts looking at these things as offensive, that's when the jokes begin to gain credence. And that's the least laughable thing of all.
Oh, and if you're wondering what brought any of this to mind. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and I totally forgot until 2/3rds through the month. Now, if that isn't funny, I don't know what is. Except it's not allowed to be funny.
Except from where I sit, it's totally cracking me up. And these days, if you can't laugh at the absurd juxtaposition of forgetting a month devoted to something that inherently makes you forget things, then perhaps there really isn't anything worth laughing at anymore.
(This is the part where I should put a disclaimer letting everyone know that I can make jokes like that because I am a brain injury survivor. But putting in a disclaimer against offending someone and making explanations for why I can make that joke, but no one else can, sort of underscores the point, don't it?)