Too Soon?

I have spent the vast majority of my adult life dealing with death. As a result, my sense of humor is darker and more inappropriate than most people’s. If you can’t learn to handle death in an irreverent manner, you won’t last long in emergency medicine. With that being said:

If you are a sports fan, you well know that you never say things like “He only has one batter to strike out to get the no hitter,” or “We are just two minutes from a shutout,” because to challenge the gods is to tempt them. With that being said, here is the cover of People magazine’s next issue:

I found this to be extremely humorous

Tragically Funny

As you all know, Jill Biden is a teacher. In one class, she asks the students if anyone can give her an example of a “tragedy.” One little boy stands up and offers that, “If my best friend who lives next door is playing in the street when a car came by and killed him, that would be a tragedy.”

“No,” the First Lady says, “That would be an accident.”

A girl raises her hand. “If a school bus carrying fifty children drove off a cliff, killing everyone inside … that would be a tragedy.”

“I’m afraid not,” explains Jill Biden. “That is what we would call a GREAT LOSS.”

The room is silent; none of the other children dare volunteer.

“What?” she asks, “Isn’t there anyone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”

Finally Little Johnny in the back raises his hand. In a timid voice, he says: “If an airplane carrying Joe and Jill Biden was blown up by a bomb, *that* would be a tragedy.”

“Wonderful!” Biden beams. “Marvelous! And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?”

“Well,” says Johnny, “because it wouldn’t be an accident, and it certainly would be no great loss!”