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Amputation Off Color Sense of Humor Test

Are you offended by this?  

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  1. 1. Are you offended by this?

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I have a news worthy piece of humor that I would like to share with everybody. :excl:

I am going to take a poll on it and hope to read your responses. :unsure:

I would rather entertain you with it so that we can make some fun about it. :rolleyes:

Let's see what happens. :unsure:

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After my leg was amputated the wound healing was a long process but I was looked after by an excellent specialist (plastics) nurse.... when the wound was nearly healed she was pleased for me and said "I think we are on the last leg..." then she realised what she said, silence, Then I laughed and she laughed :-)

I have a rule with my friends, however, I do the legless jokes !!!

Regards

Steve

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Not even remotely... the thing about offence, is that it is caused by an attitude, not the words, it's the context in which the words are used.

I'd be interested to hear from the person who found it offensive... (so far it's one) ... and any others... to vote yes and not post a response as to why is slightly odd, and disrespects the person asking, in my opinion.

Johnny is quite clearly asking for a response and is aware that it may be offensive, and would like to know why.... I suspect most of us would.

It seems fairly harmless to me :mellow:

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Hi all,

I don't find it offensive, I think it is the context and way in which things are said that make things offensive.

In my experience people often say things in all innocence, things like..."I didn't have a leg to stand on" they then realise what they have said and are embarrassed, but once I laugh about it...as I always do....they laugh with me.

Was they man in the article offended by it?.......that's the question.

Lynne

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Jay Cronley lives in Tulsa and writes his column for the Tulsa World.

I don't remember seeing this column, though I usually don't read Jay's column anyway. I find it humorous which is, I'm sure, what he meant. His column is usually humorous in nature. He writes about his antics with his dogs, etc.

I was sent this same article through email. I applaud you for bringing it to our attention Johnny.

I make jokes about my leg all the time. My clients are as comfortable with my amputation as I am. Life is too short to be sensitive about words.

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I'm with Johnny V - I thinks it's funny....a slip of the pen....but I am not an arm amputee.....

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I think it's a pretty clever lead-in from the columnist. Wouldn't you think that an arm amp would find a way to applaud; even a double arm amp.

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I reserve the right to make as many leg/foot jokes as I want to. If anyone else does it around me, they'd better be missing one, too.

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In my opinion, I think mostof us who are amputees, crack the amp jokes with out a problem, and can take them when they are not intended to be hurtful.. Hopefully this writer did have a "slip" of the pen, or was trying to do it in good faith.. without reading the rest, it's hard to tell.....

Now, on to a quick bit of "one legged-ness that happened, along these lines to Hubby and I one day..

He had taken me out for breakfast on the weekend, and we were just leaving the restaurant. Walking up on the opposite end of the car was a contractor/acquaintance of ours, not someone we knew well, just basically knew who he was. He starts telling Jon a joke about a one legged woman, laughing greatly as he goes along.. Jon, knowing me way to well, suffers through this joke from Bill, when he was all done, laughing his butt off, I replied..with a smile and very sweetly I might add.. "I can't believe you just told a joke like that to a one legged woman!" and then stepped out from the other front of the car....... Being as short as I am, he had never noticed that I did indeed have a prosthetic leg..and wearing shorts none the less, as it was July.....The poor guy stuttered and stammered and turned 5 shades of red.... He apologized profusely... and to this day, 6 years later, he still apologizes when he sees me. He still tells jokes, but has informed me that he no longer tells those one legged jokes.... but....... I usually get him with one, if I have a new one :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Bill really didn't mean anything by it when he made his joke the first time, he is just the type of person that is always running off at the mouth. But, I guess from what he says, he has learned to look and then speak!!!! :smile:

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... and to this day, 6 years later, he still apologizes when he sees me. He still tells jokes, but has informed me that he no longer tells those one legged jokes.... but....... I usually get him with one, if I have a new one :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Bill really didn't mean anything by it when he made his joke the first time, he is just the type of person that is always running off at the mouth. But, I guess from what he says, he has learned to look and then speak!!!! :smile:

Wicked!!!!!!!!!!! :laugh::laugh:

Where would we be if we all had a sense-of-humour-collapse every 5 minutes of our amputated lives?????

:happy:

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Where would we be if we all had a sense-of-humour-collapse every 5 minutes of our amputated lives?????

Amputated lives? Goodness, that sounds painful! :blink: I'm glad I don't have one of those. :rolleyes:

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Like others on the list I take no offensive especially when it is a slip of the tongue (or pen). I find that when that happens it is the other that is in the most pain when they realize it. The first time I made a joke-- "I don't have a leg to stand..." all my students stopped, looked at me and had no idea how to respond other than to ignore it--that is until I laughed--you could see the relief come over their face and of course they laughed. The only time I would get really upset is if the person knew full well what they were saying and was not an amp. The thing that gets me furious is when institutions refuse to make any accommodation like my workplace which has not installed proper handrails for three years, no matter how much I ask

Peace, Beth Marie

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Well, I thought it was kind of cute, although I'm not an arm amp. I'd really be interested in what upper-extremity folks would have to say about it. It seems to me that there's greater tolerance for US telling the jokes about ourselves... if the joke comes from an AB person, I usually can find the humor, but it matters a LOT just who that AB is and how they tell the joke!

Which reminds me of a story......

A few years ago, I was meeting an online friend, who is an arm amp, in person for the first time. We were having a phone conversation to work out the details of our meeting. At one point, we were describing what we planned to wear, in order to make us recognizable to one another... and at some point in this conversation, I realized just what we were doing.

"You don't wear a prosthesis; do you?" I asked my friend. "So you'll be the one with one arm; right?"

She paused, chuckled, and replied, "Yes. And you'll be the one...?"

"With one leg," I replied, and we had a good laugh.

I'm not sure how I would've taken it if an AB had said, "I'll just look for someone with one leg"............. I was pretty new at that point, so probably not too well.........

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Cheryl's story reminds me of what happened when a friend that I haven't seen in a while when out for dinner one day. He's missing an arm and a leg, and doesn't often wear his arm, and I was on crutches at the time due to a prosthetic problem. We went in and the waitress asked: "Table for two?" We looked at each other for a second and broke into grins. "Nah, one and a half ought to do just fine." :biggrin:

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I'm not voting (sorry, Johnny) as I didn't find it funny or offensive. I think that if I'd known who the author was then I probably would find it amusing ... if it was an amp. However, I wouldn't feel so comfortable about it if I knew it was a non-amp.

Don't get me wrong, I do the 'Oh, don't mind me, I'm legless' :rolleyes: bit (to break the ice if someone walks in unexpectedly and I am literally leg less) and 'I haven't got a leg to stand on' :tongue: bit (just to see if people are awake & noticing :wink:) ... etc. And, I have no problem with you guys cracking amp jokes. :biggrin: But, unless I know and trust someone (i.e. a non-amp that has my best interests at heart, such as one of my kids), I usually don't like non-amps to tell the amp jokes. I know that the vast majority of non-amps who crack the amp jokes to me mean well ... there's just such a fine line between 'funny' and 'taking the Michael', if you know what I mean? :unsure:

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I don't think there are any hard and fast rules about this. It's in the intent, and the ear/eye of the listener/reader... non amp, amp, I don't mind... why should it matter in it's self... it's the intent that's all important.

If someone's trying to be funny, why should we make that into something sad?! regardless of whether they are an amp or not?

The fact is, that headline is amusing... or it isn't... people are thinking about it too much...

By the way, anyone who thiks it was a slip of the pen is in cloud cookoo land, it was written by a journalist, proof read, checked by an editor.... and was meant........ and if you're honest, it's quite amusing at the very least.

So anyway.... who said they were offended? stand up....

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I don't think there are any hard and fast rules about this. It's in the intent, and the ear/eye of the listener/reader... non amp, amp,

OK, I agree, so far. :smile:

I don't mind... why should it matter in it's self... it's the intent that's all important.

If someone's trying to be funny, why should we make that into something sad?! regardless of whether they are an amp or not?

Were you teased/bullied at school? And, if you were bullied, was it because of your leg?

It can be a similar type of behaviour - a power thing - in which case it's not funny.

people are thinking about it too much...

Sorry, I don't agree. I think it's healthy to think about things. :smile:

The fact is, that headline is amusing... or it isn't...

...and if you're honest, it's quite amusing at the very least.

I am a name, not a number ... :rolleyes:

So anyway.... who said they were offended? stand up....

Not guilty, as I said before, but even if I was I don't think I'd say anything now ... :ph34r:

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I don't think there are any hard and fast rules about this. It's in the intent, and the ear/eye of the listener/reader... non amp, amp,

OK, I agree, so far. :smile:

I don't mind... why should it matter in it's self... it's the intent that's all important.

If someone's trying to be funny, why should we make that into something sad?! regardless of whether they are an amp or not?

Were you teased/bullied at school? And, if you were bullied, was it because of your leg?

It can be a similar type of behaviour - a power thing - in which case it's not funny.

people are thinking about it too much...

Sorry, I don't agree. I think it's healthy to think about things. :smile:

The fact is, that headline is amusing... or it isn't...

...and if you're honest, it's quite amusing at the very least.

I am a name, not a number ... :rolleyes:

So anyway.... who said they were offended? stand up....

Not guilty, as I said before, but even if I was I don't think I'd say anything now ... :ph34r:

Blimmin' 'eck!

Talk about pulling my post apart!

Maybe you are thinking about it too much! Over analysed surely!

Don't let me stop you though, it's quite entertaining...

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Johnny,

It doesn't bother me,{ BUT} I haven't lost an arm. If I had I think it would. I would say the one vote is an arm amputee.

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Blimmin' 'eck!

Talk about pulling my post apart!

Maybe you are thinking about it too much! Over analysed surely!

Don't let me stop you though, it's quite entertaining...

OBL, just take a look here. FYI my humour style is usually a combination of bonding and laughing at life, on the whole. If the author of Johnny's article was using those humour styles then it was funny, if not, then ...

It doesn't bother me,{ BUT} I haven't lost an arm. If I had I think it would. I would say the one vote is an arm amputee.

I think you may well be right, Ann.

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Here is the article in it's entirety. It isn't even about an amputee.

One-armed

man applauds

the kindness

of strangers

The other afternoon, a man and a

woman came to my door.

One of them knocked.

They said that they had read that I

had busted my most useful hand.

They were out for a walk and wanted

to know if I could use some help with

anything.

The kitchen belonging to a person

reduced for a month to using the off

hand looks more like a workroom

than a place to eat.

Twisting is out. Smashing is in.

Bags that reseal aren’t worth much

after you have knifed your way into

them.

The most useful tool to a

right-handed person with his right

hand in a cast is his trusty hammer.

The dogs have enjoyed food that

flies.

Bag it: Difficult tasks are

anticipated.

It’s the simple things, like getting

the garbage ready to go, that turn

into wrestling matches.

Here’s how, with your least-used

hand, you prepare a large heavy-duty

contractor bag full of garbage for

collection at the curb.

First you attempt to tie the top in a

secure knot with the off hand.

Failing that, you kick a hole in one

side of the bag, and slug a hole in

the other side, then take the claw of

the hammer to the middle.

This creates a number of holes and

loose ends that might be tied if you

get lucky.

When the couple showed up at my

door, I had been sitting on the

garbage bag full of holes, wondering

what to do next.

A few days earlier, somebody had

stopped by to help, and I had her

unscrew every lid in the refrigerator.

So outside of the garbage, I was in

decent shape this time.

I had hacked and slashed so many

holes in the garbage bag, coffee

grounds had begun to spill.

The garbage bag that had been

attacked was placed in a second bag

and taken to the curb by the people

stopping by, saving me an hour and

costing the dogs a trail of scraps.

Friends indeed: The only bright side

to breaking bones is getting to see

how nice some people can be because

it’s their nature; virtual strangers, no

less.

Nobody wants to be a punk about

an injury. But once you’ve selected

the color for your cast, there’s a

tendency to open the front door and

prop yourself up by the television and

wait to see who hurries to help you

the most.

Sometimes after leaving a ladder

prematurely, without a parachute, you

feel like revising your master-list of

friends — elevate those three, drop

two from the top ten.

It’s a simple act of kindness that

you begin to recall more than a

dislocation.

It’s the kind of thing you’d enjoy

passing along.

Jay Cronley

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Wicked!!!!!!!!!!! :laugh::laugh:

Where would we be if we all had a sense-of-humour-collapse every 5 minutes of our amputated lives?????

:happy:

You know how every now and then, that little devil is setting on your shoulder just pushing you to do something? That's exactly what happened that day... I just couldn't pass up the opportunity with Bill. It is now a huge running joke with us, as I stated earlier, but, I think now he will look before he talks :wacko: He really is a nice guy.

For me, I hope that my sense of humor never does "collapse".Sometimes, laughter is the way to get through some of the ordeals that come with being an amputee. Like legs falling off of your while riding a horse!!!!!!! :smile:

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