Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Question of the Day

What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done while laughing?

This question was first run a few years ago, after a phone conversation I had with Paul the Spud, during which he confessed having laughed so hard while out with friends that he farted really loudly: "That may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me, it's the height of embarrassment."

As for me, I once swallowed my girlfriend's drool because we were both laughing so hard.

C and I were about 14 years old, and we were at Six Flags Great America, where we decided to take a ride on the Scrambler—a ride that's essentially a collection of small cars that whip around a central pole so fast, while also spinning in smaller circles, that they push the riders to the outside of the car.

Because I was bigger, I sat on the outside, and as soon as the ride started, C was fighting for dear life not to crush the everliving fuck out of me. And every time she'd manage to pull herself a bit away, the ride would change direction and throw her back on top of me. It just sent us into an absolute fit of howling laughter, and by about halfway through the brilliantly long ride, her mouth was just fixed wide open in a silent laugh, with drool streaming out the side. Which, like the rest of her, headed in my direction. My mouth being similarly frozen in a breathless, soundless laugh, I could do naught but welcome her Scrambler-induced spittle into my own gaping maw.

We recreated this event many times in years after.