The World’s Universally Funniest Joke

good for the soul!

Laughter: good for the soul!

I have to credit Marketing guru Mark Joyner (www.simpleology.com) for sharing this joke…

“In September 2001, The Laugh Lab project (run by Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire), tested over 40,000 jokes across the globe to discover the world’s universally funniest joke.  Here it is: :

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”. The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?’

Head of Russian Orthodox Church believes in enlightenment via Rock Music

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Its nice to see the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, acknowledge that Rock Music can be a path to enlightenment, as quoted in a recent RIA article “Russian Church leader may attend rock music gig”:

Even if 100 or 200 people get their religious enlightenment from rock music, can we forbid it? A few words from rock musicians at a concert could have a greater effect than a long church sermon!

Granted, religious enlightenment may differ from non-religious enlightenment, but only by the words, rituals and social constructs involved.  The desitination is the same.   His Holiness Kirill was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on January 27, 2009, and appears to be pretty forward thinking, so perhaps he’s a U2 or Switchfoot fan.

Has any music enligthened you

Will U2’s New Album improve their legacy? I hope so.

U2  (Rolling Stone Magazine)

U2 (Rolling Stone Magazine)

I’ve always admired U2 for the band’s staying power and innovation.  You may remember the Zoo TV and Pop Mart tours, Bono’s phone call and message to the original President George Bush, the Apple commercials, the recent performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and so many more great memories!

Its no secret that the band has touched on politics and spirituality over the years, and with The Edge’s trademark sound and Bono’s charisma and powerful lyrics, they’ve done so in a very moving ways.  The band has remained relevant longer than most and I’m really hoping that their latest album, No Line on the Horizon will further bolster their legacy as icons of music with meaning.  No Line on the Horizon comes out in the US on March 3, 2009 and the band is allowing pre-orders online (at 36% off – U2 Store at Amazon.com) in 5 different formats ranging from a standard CD to a fully-loaded box set.

The latest single, “Get On Your Boots,” which received comparisons to Vertigo from Rolling Stone Magazine, was a bit of a surprise to me, mainly b/c I didn’t like it until watching the video and their live version of the song during the 2009 Grammy Awards:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7zKeYhU_8]

What’s your take on the first single?  How about the rest of the album?

A Capella Innovation: Vocal Play

Naturally 7

Naturally 7

Thanks to a recent article at ZDNet covering the latest TED Conference, I got to hear the remarkable A Capella sounds of Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who practice something they call “vocal play.”

As ZDNet reporter Daniel Sieberg explains, “It’s hard to describe their act other than saying each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars.”

Watch this video to discover them for yourself:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5MkNOXSdkA]