The phenomenal success of the ice bucket challenge has brought in a ton of money for ALS, as well as bringing much-needed awareness to this worthy cause. I’m going to borrow the idea to raise funds for another cause that is near and dear to my heart, the effort to stamp out LAFF.
Of course I’ve known about this horrible condition for a long time, but I never fully realized how many people are afflicted until last week…when I was Freshly Pressed.
My piece was a tongue-in-cheek announcement of my intention to sue Facebook for posting a picture of me as a dorky kid. WordPress FPd the post under the tag “Social Media,” and therein lies the trouble. Since it wasn’t specifically tagged as “Humor”, a significant number of new readers thought I was serious. They chided, they scolded, and some even cursed me out for my irresponsible suit.
I was puzzled. How could somebody NOT get that I was joking? Who wouldn’t recognize the funny unless they had a large, neon “Humor” sign pointing it out? That’s when it hit me. Those readers are obviously suffering from advanced cases of LAFF.
My heart bleeds for these poor sufferers, but pity is not enough. What is needed here is action. There is so much to be done. These are just a few of the projects the good folks at the Society to Eradicate LAFF are working on:
1) Remedial classes diagramming knock-knock jokes
2) Humor sensitivity training involving The Three Stooges, Monty Python, old Saturday Night Live sketches and other seminal works
3) Training volunteer Funny Buddies to sit with LAFF sufferers and guide them during key events, like when watching standup comedy, or reading this blog
4) Genetic research to identify and isolate the “funny gene” which LAFF sufferers are clearly lacking
The work is vital, but it is not cheap. That’s where you come in.
I’m asking you to take the LAFF Bucket Challenge. Donate $10 to the cause, and then film yourself being doused. With a bucket of chicken. Rubber chickens. Share your video on social media and let the cause go viral.
Elyse at the great blog FiftyFourandAHalf is already hard at work on a series of Public Service Ads featuring the LAFF spokeschicken, Foghorn Leghorn.
Remember, people with LAFF are just like you and me, except not funny. Take the challenge, give generously and with your help, we can cure LAFF during our lifetime. Hopefully before I publish my next post.