For my birthday this year, Kristy arranged some type of Facebook mail to some group of mutual facebook friends, which I can only assume was worded something like the following:
As you would know, it’s Gerrod’s birthday on the 25th. No-one would question that he is eternally wise, and I’m sure that at some point-or-other in your life, you too have been lucky enough to be inspired by his wisdom. As such, on the 25th of October, I encourage you to post a status message beginning with the words, “A wise man once said…” and completing it with a selection of Gerrod’s prophecy.
Of course, this was all unbeknownst to me, and so I was rather surprised when I found a large number of messages waiting for me in my inbox on the morning of the 25th. The first one was from Helen -
A wise man once told me: ‘Step one: go to sleep’.
“OK,” I thought, “that’s pretty random; perhaps she has mistakenly tagged me in something? No, it clearly says, ‘Happy Birthday Gerrod’ afterwards, so I think it’s aimed at me.”. Next came another Lewis message, this time from Julian:
A wise man once said, ‘Choose Kilik, he’s unbeatable.’
“Sage advice!” I thought. “Kilik is unbeatable! But that’s also pretty random. What’s going on here?”. It was only when I read message number three – three Lewis messages in a row no less – that things started falling into place. Shelley wrote:
A wise man once said, ‘Hey, while you’re up…’
Now credit where credit’s due – that game was taught to me by dear friend Stacey; I just choose to pass it on as I think it’s a corker. However, at that point I turned to Kristy and said, “Did you arrange some type of ‘A wise man once said’ quote thingy on Facebook? Otherwise…. well, I have no idea what’s going on.”. Kristy’s giggling was her undoing.
And so – a massive thanks to all the people who participated in the shenanigans – it really, really made me laugh. I had no idea I was so quotable! Here’s a few that really got me laughing, together with some explanations where required:
A wise man once said “In Australia we call this a butter-cutter” (Kirstin) – This one is too hard to explain, but I think the video is somewhere on YouTube. Suffice to say, I don’t think I’d make the best cooking show host – though I’m disappointed that “butter-cutter” has not become the official name for a “knife” in Australia.
A wise man once said – ‘you’ll love <insert any name> they’re the greatest. Just a really nice person’ (Ben) – Ben reckons I say this about practically everyone that I tell him about. It’s funny ’cause it’s true. Is it my fault that I know such nice people?
A wise man once said “how ya going” ….. Then sent my husband home to say it over & over again! (Suzie) – Actually both Suzie and Ingrid have probably held this complaint about me at some point, but Nick and Aubain have the greatest fake Aussie accents ever!
A wise man once said “I just don’t like Death Cab for Cutie” (Dean) – Explanation not necessary! Similarly;
A wise man once said “Have you heard <insert-band-name>? They are freakin’ awesome dude!” (Nath) – whenever I find a new band that I like, I tend to get a little obsessed with them, obtaining as much of their music as possible, trying to convert everyone I know to fans, and then contemplating which band logo would look best as a tattoo. Yes, that really happens, but so far only one band has literally made its mark…
A wise man once said “you’ll find the eggs aisle 6″ (Jaimee) – Like a disturbingly large number of my friends, Jaimee and I met while working at Coles. This quote especially cracked me up (pun intended); mainly because eggs were in aisle 9.
A wise man once said: “You can never have too many t-shirts… I really need to colour-code them.” (Lea) – yes, it’s true. I think I have an addiction! And I proudly show off my lifehacker organised t-shirt drawer to anyone!
And finally, one to end on, and probably the wisest thing that I have ever said:
A wise man once said “if someone offers me a menu with pork knuckle on it, then you’d better believe I’m going to be ordering the pork knuckle”. (Joe) – what can I say? I like pork knuckle!
Again – a massive thanks to everyone who quoted me – it was such an awesome laugh!