Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We Could be Heroes

If there was an Olympic medal for worrying, I'd probably win gold. Adrian Mole said something like this in one of his diary entries, and I personally think I could win if I competed against him. After all, I'm real while he's (ahem) fictional. :P

One of the few things I'm currently worried about is the fact that I think I find quite a bit of things which people generally do not find funny to be rather funny. It's not a new development, though. I've been doing this for years - and if you're interested, there's a label called "funny stuff" at the sidebar of this blog. 

Of late, just as the government declared under a certain transformation program that the number of crimes have reduced due to the efforts of the program, the reality of the situation is the complete opposite. People in my neighbourhood had their houses robbed by thieves who carried weapons, my boss had her house broken into, a woman was assaulted in an elevator in a shopping mall, a woman was carjacked and almost got raped but she was clever enough to save herself and live to share her story, a 52 year old woman on a motorbike almost got her bag in the basket snatched when a man riding another bike tried to rob her - but she gave him a punch and saved herself from being part of the statistics. There are so many other stories of crimes around us, and some of them never even make it to our papers. Oh, and just the other day, 2 katana wielding people managed to gain entry outside the Prime Minister's Department. What they were doing there, brandishing their swords, no one really knows. But seriously, Prime Minister's Department? Katanas? In broad daylight? How did they get there? Where did the katanas come from? Is it weird that I find it funny?

I wanted to buy one of these while I was in Japan. Ended up getting a keychain shaped like a katana instead.

I suppose when all these crimes get publicised, someone decides that it's time they said something. I first heard this news on the radio this morning in the car before I had to go into the office. Apparently, someone (who thought they had to chip in their 2 cents) has called out martial arts experts to play a role in combating crimes in their local areas! For some reason, I laughed - a real laugh out loud kind of laugh, where I slapped my hands against the steering wheel. Seriously, self defence versus parang wielding criminals? The idea is just too insane. 

15 comments:

  1. This is pretty funny, but not really in a "ha ha" way, more in a "Seriously?" way. I find it funny when people say things like their schemes are getting rid of crime, and then someone turns up near the Prime Minister with a katana. It's not like those things aren't noticeable. Then calling on martial artists to help combat crime in their area? HAHAHAHAHAHA ahhhhh. I'm pretty sure vigilantism is actually illegal, which is why heroes wear tights and masks.

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    1. It is illegal. Besides, in my mind, these martial arts experts are actually dressed in their respective art attire while fighting with the criminals (dressed in striped attire) which makes it worse.

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  2. LOL yeah it is funny in a more like WTF way, we all find humor in things, some just more than others, nothing wrong with that.

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    1. Probably nothing wrong, except when you're the only one that laughs while others look at you wondering what was so funny.

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  3. > Is it weird that I find it funny?
    Of course it's funny, security fucking like that. Hell, anything that shames the governmental name in any way is a laughing matter in and of itself! :D

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    1. Maybe that's a contributing factor - the fact that a highly protected area had allowed katana wielding people into their premises.

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  4. Be careful not to sit on your keys man!

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    1. It would be "laugh, "ouch" laugh" then ;)

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  5. We also are constantly told crime is reducing when all personal experience and anecdotal evidence indicate it's worse than ever.

    Using martial arts experts to supplement the police force would be funny if the person suggesting it was not (I suspect) deadly serious.

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    1. This man was serious. He addressed it at a martial arts conference/event.

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    2. It's very embarrassing for people in this country which is why I didn't link the news article in the post.

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  6. They say that sometimes, laughter is just a coping mechanism. I'm also find the most inappropriate things funny though - and sometimes, it's just plain ol FUNNY!

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    1. It probably is. You've probably heard way too many depressing stories that things like this end up being funny (though not too appropriate)

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  7. I laughed out loud today driving home when they mentioned on the news that a man plead guilty to drunk driving with his two children strapped to the hood of his car. It was the bit they threw in where the kids (aged 7 and 4) said they enjoyed it that really struck me as hysterical. I think stories that wouldn't be funny if someone were killed become funny when everyone is actually okay at the end of it all. And you were right in the earlier post - the newspaper turned that whole 13-year-old British father story into pure-genius comedy by adding the fact that he was only four feet tall.

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    1. You're right. If everyone was OK in the end, it isn't too bad and you see the humour in it. I can imagine how funny it must have been finding out that the kids enjoyed what most people would regard as abuse/neglect.

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