On our way to pick up Bella from preschool yesterday, Alex and I were stopped at the stop sign at the end of our street, facing the Intersection of Death. As we watched for any opening in the traffic whizzing by in each direction, I was stricken by the sight of a veritable caravan of dump trucks (with a few other trucks and cars mixed in) coming up the hill from our left. Obviously, this line of traffic was travelling a little more slowly than the rest, being as dumptrucks are awfully heavy and not big on the zippy handling.
It escaped me for a moment that nowadays vehicles are being designed with daytime running lights as standard equipment, and what registered in my mind was that this lengthy queue of (mostly) dumptrucks coming sloooooowly up the hill toward us all had their lights on. Now, nobody puts two and two together quite like yours truly, so I, of course, asked my husband, "What is this, some kind of dump-truck funeral procession?"
Me: "Well, there could have been some sort of terrible quarry accident."
Me: "And, you know...maybe they're going to bury their own, with their own dumptrucks!"
Alex: "What are you TALKING about?"
Me: "All these dumptrucks! Going so slowly, all in a line, with their lights on! It looks like a dumptruck funeral procession!"
Alex: "They have to go slow because that's about all the speed they can muster on these steep hills, and those are their daytime running lights. *snorts derisively*
Me: "Yeah, well, my take was funnier. Heh. 'Dumptruck Funeral.' Heh. I know comedy."
Me: "Well, except that somebody would have to be dead."
Alex: "That would make it a tragedy."
Me: (grasping at straws of self-respect and preservation of intellect) "No, that would be black humor."
Alex: "Comedie Noir."
And yes, I could tell from the smugness in his voice that he was using the French spelling in his head. Which, in real life, he probably doesn't even know.
OKAY--how about THIS? The funeral was for an actual dumptruck! An anthropomorphized dumptruck? Like, a Tonka? I mean, they all gotta go wheels-up sometime, right? Oh, come ON! That's Gary LARSON funny! Oh, shut up. You know you're gonna laugh as soon as I'm not looking.