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To struggle to understand how this was funny?

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MuthaInsuperior Sun 18-Sep-11 22:27:33

We were at my mum's earlier and my nephew knocked over a cup that had a bit of coffee in the bottom. The coffee spilt over the little table it was on, soaking my mum's little lace cloth thing that she stands ornaments on, splattered on her glasses case and soaked a little specsavers booklet.

My mum was in the kitchen at the time so I tried to get rid of the mess before she came back in but didn't quite manage it. When she saw she immediately took over cleaning up and my sister was creased over in hysterics. My mum picked up the cloth thing which was half stained brown and coffee dripped from it and my sister was howling with laughter and when my mum picked up and dropped the sodden specsavers booklet onto the floor my sister was actually crying with laughter.

She couldn't understand how I didn't find it funny, She said the best bit was the table cloth thing and the way my mum tutted at it and then the way the booklet splattered as it hit the floor.

Am I a misery then? or would you have found this funny?

Doodlez Sun 18-Sep-11 22:29:20

Erm...well I can't say I'm known for my razor sharp wit and I'm not the sharpest knife in the draw but no, can't find any mirth in that little lot. Maybe your sister needs to get out more?

shakey1500 Sun 18-Sep-11 22:30:59

Well who knows? There's some things I find hysterical that dh/friends don't and vice versa. It just may have tickled her. I don't know if I'd have found it funny. Kind of a "you had to be there" grin

AnyFucker Sun 18-Sep-11 22:32:30

I laugh when people fall over, which may not be everyone's idea of the pinnacle of funny

but this wasn't in the least amusing

slavetofilofax Sun 18-Sep-11 22:36:38

I really can't see the humour in a spilt bit of coffee. I tried, but, no.

I think your sister needs to get out more. It's quite sad when something so unfunny causes a grown adult to laugh, I feel quite sorry for her.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 18-Sep-11 22:37:13

Not at all funny - unless something else was going on and you are drip feeding the story? Maybe your nephew is Peter Kaye or someone else that is sort of funny??

shakey1500 Sun 18-Sep-11 22:37:37

Ahaaaaa! Got it. Maybe something else was happening/had been said which she was desperately trying NOT to laugh at and at that exact moment, the coffee incident occured giving her reason to get it all out.

HeadfirstForHalos Sun 18-Sep-11 22:37:51

Maybe you were amusing when you were panicking and frantically tidying? I can't see anything funny from what you have written, but maybe asshakey said you had to be there?

squeakytoy Sun 18-Sep-11 22:39:58

If I was your mum I would have cheerfully wrung the cloth out over your sisters head grin

NorkyPies Sun 18-Sep-11 22:41:53

Perhaps it was a way of covering her embarrassment?

Birdsgottafly Sun 18-Sep-11 22:44:36

It sounds as though you went into a panic and tried to clean up so your mum wouldn't know about it, as though you are a child trying to cover up.

I would laugh at a grown woman doing that, if it wasn't a bit pathetic. Children make a mess, i don't see why you didn't just pick up the cloth and go into the kitchen to get something to clean up with.

Do you jump like a cat on a hot tin roof around your mum, for some reason?

It sounds like a scene from the Catherine Tate show or keeping up appearances.

AnyFucker Sun 18-Sep-11 22:45:05

Was Peter Kay on the telly at the time ?

Tewkespeggy Mon 19-Sep-11 12:08:25

maybe she was just embarrased since it was her child that spilt it

WilsonFrickett Mon 19-Sep-11 12:14:24

Funny is just funny. It's also very personal. As you were the object of the humour it's unlikely you would find it funny too, but you (or your mum) could have been doing something weird with your body or face that your sister thought was funny. I think the sight of two grown women tussling over a coffee-stained antimacassar could be funny, actually.

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