People Share The Funniest Thing They've Ever Seen That They Weren't Allowed To Laugh At
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Hilarious moments are blind to timing. They seem to strike at the absolute worst times, when laughing would be completely inappropriate.

But when hilarity strikes--maybe because someone misspoke or some Three Stooges-esque physical comedy erupted out of nowhere--us humans are defenseless.

We cackle and guffaw with the same sudden impulse of a sneeze or blinking.

Only after that initial chuckle do we have the wherewithal to suppress it under a covered mouth, rocking shoulders, and even tears.

Redditor rockosmodernbttpug asked:

"What's the funniest thing you've seen someone do that you weren't allowed to laugh at?"

Thankfully, Crying Can Look Like Laughing

"Great Uncle's funeral.

"The vicar was doing his thing, but when he said 'our soul,' in his posh-ish accent it sounds just like 'arsehole' and it got me. I managed to keep it together the first time, but after the second one I could barely hold it back...."

"It was something like, 'our soul is something we should cherish, it defines who we are...'"

"I was stifling laughter to the point of tears, my mum said after she thought I was crying."

-- F***TheseNewPlastics

One Man Show

"A guy was acting as his own attorney. He was questioning himself in court by standing up, asking a question, then sitting down to answer it."

"The judge finally looked at him and said, 'Sit down, Mr. X.' I almost lost it, but managed to hold my court demeanor."

-- Hellabore

A Dick Manifesto

"At my friend's grandfather's funeral. The first sentence of the pastor's speech was 'We are all here because we love Dick so much.' His name was Richard."

"This holy man gave a 15 minute speech about his love of Dick and how Dick changed his life. My wife and I did not make eye contact through the entire thing for fear of busting out laughing in a quiet crowded church."

"It took me about a year to ask my friend his thoughts about it and apparently he was close to losing it too."

-- TigerGuitarist

Til the Very End

"A friend of mine who was always late to work died after an epileptic fit. The undertakers and vicar got delayed and he was late to his own funeral and it was the most fitting and hilarious moment and he'd have loved it."

"But obviously you can't burst out laughing when the staff at a funeral tell you that he's not there yet."

-- Miraclefish

Corpse Slapped

"I was in a cadaver lab for an anatomy class, and that week we were learning hip and upper leg muscles. My group were at the table and one of the guys proceeded to roll the cadaver leg over, from looking at the hamstring to study the quads."

"We didn't realise that the leg belonged to a male until its manhood slapped him straight on the back of his hand."

"Entire group was breathing super hard trying not to laugh and appear disrespectful in the eyes of the tutors, but I honestly reckon the guy would've been laughing with us."

-- code1520

Taking It in Stride 

"Paramedic here, watched a drunk falling down a bunch of stairs."

"He then just screamed at his friend to get him a new beer because he dropped his. Nearly pissed myself."

-- Sir_f***_off

She Knows Not What She Doesn't Know 

"Just two nights ago my picky daughter was telling us that she didn't like meat loaf, no way, no how."

"Then she described a Japanese hamburger steak that she wanted to make: hamburger, bread crumbs, egg, ketchup, soy sauce, etc."

"When she was done, I said that she described the exact thing sitting on her plate, and she got really mad. Laughing only made her madder. Couldn't stop laughing though."

-- GooberMcNutly

Nothing Else to Say 

"I was watching hunger games in theaters and the Rue death scene caused a reaction from the person behind me that left me laughing so hard I thought the people who didn't hear her would think I was a horrible person."

"Right when the spear hits her I heard this 'O DAMN' from behind me like the most stereotypical dumb reaction gif sound effect of a dude getting kicked in the nads."

"It clashed with the scene so much and was the only time the person ever spoke it just cracked me up"

-- nightbrother42

Committed Revenge 

"Helping a Grade 2 class (~8 year olds) and one of the kids was just so loud. He was running around the class when one of the girls held out her arm and clotheslined him."

"I was able to keep a straight face for that but she kneeled down and yelled, 'Boom!' at him."

"He started crying, they both got a detention, and I almost bit through my tongue."

-- asolitarycandle

Growing Into It 

"My step Dad was an Italian from Manhattan. He had the classic Italian mobster accent. We all live in Minnesota, born and raised. So his accent was definitely different from what we're used to."

"My brother loved to playfully make fun of him by imitating him by saying classic Italian mobster exclamations along with the hand mannerisms. Stepdad was a laid back guy and found it funny and the banter between those two was very light hearted."

"So, one day, we were having a small get together at our house with my mom, stepdad, my brother and a few friends. We were all hanging out outside when my 4 year old daughter excited started saying 'Uncle Pauly, Uncle Pauly! Watch this!'"

"As everyone watched, she went over to a piece of dog poop, pointed at it by shaking her open palmed hands, and exclaimed in the most perfect Italian Mobster accent 'What the f*** is thiiiis?!' She even did the head bob perfectly."

"We all stifled laughter."

-- Spookyredd

The New Paint Job

"My mom had us all over at her house."

"She had just gotten the walls painted and my 4 year old picked the greenest, slimiest, most disgusting, massive, stringy booger out of his nose - and then wiped it on her new walls."

"So funny."

- [Reddit]

Saluting The General

"I was at a funeral once, and one of the attendees was this highly decorated general. As soon as he steps in people stood up to salute or honor or whatever."

"Guy takes a couple of steps, flips over, and lands on his butt."

"I swear I saw the whole thing in slow motion and I kept snickering until I went into the bathroom and burst in tears laughing."

- Anon-Rhiannon

Praise Dancer

"My wife and I were in church one Sunday, as the choir is singing this older lady stood up and started praising and dancing to the music."

"All of a sudden her dress fell off right down to her ankles. She didn't notice and kept on praising and dancing in just her slip for a good 30 to 40 seconds until her husband tapped her and made her aware."

"I had my face in my hands trying not to laugh and my wife next to me has tears streaming down her face as she was fighting the laughter so hard."

"It didn't help that the people behind us were laughing in our ears."

- kr3841


"Me and my daughter were walking behind a old gentleman and he started to fart with every step he took."

"I looked at my daughter and we both had tears in our eyes trying to stop ourselves from laughing. We ended up turning the other way because we couldn’t take it anymore."

"I’m giggling as I write this."

- tinaanjonny

Full Frontal Nudity

"When I was in high school my drama class was invited to go on a field trip to tour the theatre department and watch a play at a nearby university."

"A lot of people took the class because it was an easy credit."

"A lot of the guys specifically were saying how they weren’t interested in going on the trip... until the teacher mentioned that we needed our parents to sign permission slips because the play had full frontal nudity."

"The day of the play comes and literally the whole class showed up to see some boobs."

"Turns out the nudity didn’t include women, so about half way through the play this guy comes out fully naked except for a blindfold and a pair of angel wings."

"Nearly every guy in the class shrieked which caused every girl to burst out laughing."

"I still feel bad thinking about how nervous that guy must have been to literally get on stage naked in front of everyone only to have half the audience scream and the other half roar with laughter."

- MagickanWing

Largest Living Orgasm?

"I’m a teacher and one of my high school students got up and gave a full speech about how the Great Barrier Reef was the world largest living Orgasm."

"I let her go on until I had my mirth under control, by which time she had said it at least five times. I would just be about under control when she would say it again and I would have to wait till I could get a straight face on again."

"20 years later and it still has the ability to crack me up."

- debdeman

Off Key

"Sat on the front row at a wedding. Music starts for the bride to walk down the aisle and it's painfully off key."

"I cracked up before I could help it, until my partner nudged me and pointed to the singer directly in front of me. Just about held it together for the rest of the ceremony."

"All round weirdest wedding I've been to."

"No idea why we were sat at the front since my partner is only the groom's cousin and hadn't seen him in at least ten years. When we arrived we realized we didn't actually know what he looked like."

"The groom's parents had to sit in separate rows for the ceremony, neither at the front, apparently just because they faffed around and got distracted while everyone else sat down."

"His mum seemed to have come dressed as a 70s carpet. The groom, a man in his forties, spent the rest of the day slowly drinking Smirnoff Ice in the bar on his own."

"His wife has since divorced him for domestic violence."

- Foxxio

The Marker Debacle

"In high school, the principal was going over the morning announcements over the loud speaker, which I was paying no attention to at all because it was always the same sh*t."

The girl behind me- we weren’t really 'friends' because she was typically pretty quiet and mostly kept to herself - taps me on the shoulder, and says 'look.' "

"I turn around to find this usually quiet, reserved girl sitting straight faced with two crayola markers shoved up her nose. She got me completely off guard with that, and I let out a loud snort and some stifled giggles."

"I turn back around to find the teacher and entire class staring and me in disgust."

"Turns out the principal was telling us that some student’s mother had lost her battle with cancer, right at the exact moment of the markers in nose debacle."

- dyam

Interpretive Paramore

"When I was in middle school, like 8th grade (so around 13/14) I was in choir."

"For one of our last shows, we learned 'You Are The Only Exception' by Paramore. Cheesy, but fine."

"If you don't know it, the song is about the girl's parents divorcing or something she never trust anyone again and stops believing in love. That is until she finds someone who is, obviously, the exception."

"It's a nice song."

"We had a girl volunteer to do interpretive dance during the song. She would practice dancing in front of us but she never danced while we sang that I can remember."

"So on the night of the show, we're at a local high school, showcasing the choir. So all the parents, staff, teachers and high school choir teachers are in the audience."

"We get to the song and the girl comes out on stage."

"She starts doing all these crazy dances that are meant to convey sorrow and perseverance."

"I. Could. Not. Stop."

"I had to look down and stop singing because I was laughing so much and so hard that there were tears in my eyes. Everyone else kept going."

"There was just something SO f*cking funny to me about THIS being the song that got an interpretive dance."

"I wish I could put into words how I felt and why."

"Little did I know, my parents, who later would GET divorced, were in the crowd, also stifling their laughter, right next to the girl's mom."

"When they saw me laughing they said they could barely keep it together. It still cracks me up and it's been like 11 years now lol"

- JudeFlower97

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