Death from laughter refers to a rare instance of death, usually resulting from cardiac arrest or asphyxiation, caused by a fit of laughter. Instances of death by laughter have been recorded from Ancient Greece to the modern day.
“He’s ridiculous, this guy—everyone looks ridiculous when you watch them flirting. But there’s a chance that he’s about to sleep with two stewardesses, so who’s ridiculous now?”—Gabriel Roth, The Unknowns
“The joke is: a deranged person is obsessed with the question ‘what if Seinfeld was still on TV’. That’s it. But I want to play that note on every instrument available. I’ll play it in every octave, I’ll play it flat, sharp, in every harmony and chord, I am going to play the shit out of this one fucking note.”—
“I must say Parliament has been extremely reasonable in their effort to reach compromise, despite our having rejected every single offer, as well as set fire to seven navy ships. Frankly, we’re beginning to look bad.”—"The John Bull," my spec script with Thomas Leveritt, about a newspaper staff in Revolution-era Boston
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”—Pope Francis writes a high school Social Studies essay
“I used to masturbate with a dry hand, and then I discovered the advantage gained by lubricating your palm with saliva, and now I can’t remember how I used to do it without chafing. Perhaps I began with delicate little strokes, and for ten years I’ve been incrementally increasing the pressure in the interest of a more stimulating masturbatory experience, and now I flail at myself with vigorous pumps that would have frightened and overwhelmed me a decade ago.”—Gabriel Roth, The Unknowns
“That was Rhode Island, they’re animals down there. They remove their overjackets for sex.”—So I wrote a spec pilot with my friend Thomas Leveritt. It’s an Archer-style animated sitcom about a newspaper staff in Revolution-era Boston. We had fun cramming in “we’re in olden times” gags.
Great observation: Now that our casual conversation often happens on IMs and texts, where punctuation is usually lax, a period can sound particularly assertive.
I’ve seen this creep into Twitter and Tumblr too, where more of my fully literate adult friends are avoiding punctuation except in cases of emphasis. I rather like it—it’s closer to speech patterns.
On the other hand, I tend to text more grammatically than I IM, because my phone automatically capitalizes, which makes punctuation feel more appropriate.
And so utterly accurate. More so than texting, IM’ing has had the biggest impact on the way I ‘talk’ online.
Also, I will never look at a full-stop in the way again. I’ll be watching you all.
YES. Oh all this time I thought I was the only one having such troubles. I crave to put a full stop at the end of my sentences but I try not to do that online just because there’s a high chance my tone is misconstrued. I end up using ‘…’ instead, which makes me feel rather sleepy…
Oh man, I hate ellipses. They seem to say “I’m confused and need a reply” or “I’m trying to give you a hint and you don’t seem to be taking it.”
“If either Nancy needed his help, they never implied as much. Sex Nancy left as soon as she realised she was late, and Exams Nancy dumped a stack of old exam papers on his desk at regular, bi-weekly intervals. Exams Nancy pressed a yellowing fingernail to the stack she had placed on his desk.”—Literacy: A Short Story by Caroline O’Donoghue
“At any moment the waiter will bring my plate of medium-rare steak strips with onions and potatoes. This infusion of protein and salt is exactly what my body wants; how thoughtful, how prescient of my past self to arrange it!”—Gabriel Roth, The Unknowns