The last time I visited this subject it was rather traumatic. Would you believe that I lost subscribers and was ostracised on a couple of forums for my ‘audacity’ in speaking out? But, it wasn’t all like that. A forum named one of their boards John Winter’s Joke Section in my honour. Good one. I liked their perverse sense of humour.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
I’ve just been reading that laughter is the best medicine. Okay. Okay. I was aware of that well-known cliche, but recent research shows that it’s true. Blood flow increases by about 20%, and the effect lasts for 30 to 40 minutes. Now that’s an interesting fact! If I read a good forum joke before retiring – in addition to the blue pill – will I become a force to be reckoned with? Take little notice … I’m simply cogitating!
The Right Kind of Joke
I don’t know about you but I try to avoid filthy and smutty jokes on detecting forums that have nothing to do with the hobby. I just don’t see the point of cutting and pasting some banal and often unfunny joke from the Net. What’s the point? However, anything remotely connected with the hobby is welcomed.
Sometimes good jokes are unintentional – like the guy who posted his latest find, as a George III Farting. The very next comment was, How do you know what he was doing? Thanks to Geoff Dean for reminding me about this classic! I also like the unintentional mis-spelling of words … and predictive text errors can also be funny!
I must tell the uninitiated that John Winter, old fart and international man of mystery, sometimes plays Devil’s Advocate just to get a response. I DO have a sense of humour! The sort of jokes I’m talking about are okay for those who wish to read smut on a hobby forum. I don’t!
Some enlightened sites hide them away and you have to opt in to see the jokes. Good. A word of encouragement to a newbie posting his first hammered coin (for example) is worth more than ten jokes having no connection with the hobby. I don’t mind that.
Don’t misunderstand – I enjoy a good, relevant joke. Recently I made my protest on a detecting forum, but I don’t think anyone noticed. Now, why should I do that? My usual posts on detecting issues are mostly ignored and receive very few comments. Silly jokes on the other hand get a lot of attention. My ‘protest’ was to choose a short hoary example of a joke that had a tenuous relation to detecting and see if anyone thought it funny. It was a great success with ‘comments’ running into double figures. I have made a mental note to post more jokes on forums, especially if they can be linked to the hobby in some way. This was the punny joke I copied and posted from the Net: A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt … archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Rocher …
Pull the Other One!
I much prefer the short funny story that has some attachment to metal detecting … like this one by Harry James and published in a hobby magazine almost 20 years ago:
Whilst swinging the coil some time ago I was approached by an old chap out with his dog. Soon we were in deep conversation into the delights of metal detecting. He mentioned he he still carried deeply embedded in his right leg a bullet, a souvenir from the Second World War.
At his request I ran my machine along his leg but failed to discover the target. Then, as an afterthought, I asked him to hold up his left leg … as you can guess, bingo! He departed shaking his head and realising he’d been limping on the wrong leg and recounting the same tale for half a century!
When the cartoon was first reproduced, ‘Warwickshire’ commented:
“Nice to see one of Harry James’s doodles John. Harry was a founding member of our club Coventry Heritage Detecter Society, but retired from the hobby some years ago now. I still see him on occasion driving around the city. His drawings were all based on actual characters in our club.
The above example features Harry on the left and I believe a chap called Gordon Collett on the right, an RAF veteran. They have been made honorary life members. The club has many drawings by Harry.”