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July 15, 2013

Lisa Madras: Yep, I’m a sucker for a good ‘Sharknado’

NEW CASTLE — How much value do you place on a good laugh?

It seems like the world is divided into three basic types of people: those who rarely or never laugh, those who take a laugh when it happens to come along, and those who live for a good laugh.

I think most people fall into the middle category, whereas I stand firmly in the last. The people in the first category? I can't even begin to understand them. I'm not criticizing. I'm just saying I don't really get it.

I consider it pretty much a wasted day if I haven't burned my eyes with running mascara or tinkled myself just a little bit in a mad, hysterical dash to the bathroom. (Hey, don't judge me, I'm getting old, you know.) I make it a priority to surround myself with funny people and seek out humor through movies, stand-up comedy routines, or funny Internet sites.

The health benefits of a good laugh are pretty well known: it lowers blood pressure, boosts immunity, decreases pain and anxiety, and helps us form strong social bonds, among many others.

One of my favorite laugh-inducing activities is to make word mash-ups out of ordinary things. For example, I see a squirrel holding a piece of trash, and tell my kids to look, "It's a squirbage!" Sounds sort of dumb when I tell you now, but it’s totally different when you're looking at a rodent with it's head stuck in an old snack-size Doritos bag. (I think this particular habit of mine came about around the time I first heart of turducken.)

And nobody does the mash-up better than the good ol' SyFy Channel: Dinoshark! Sharktopus! Crocasaurus! But honestly, it's funnier when you're not combining two of the same thing, like two animals.

SyFy grabbed me directly by the funny bone and dragged me to the TV last week when it premiered "Sharknado."

Sharknado, best visual image ever! 

All I could picture was swirling vortex of wet, snapping jaws! (I know, I know, sharks don't snap their jaws, but my mind has a mind of its own.  Apparently SyFy does, too, because there actually was a lot of snapping.)

It wasn't meant to be a funny movie. At least I don't think. But it was. Sharks dropping from the sky, only to be fought off with bar stools and chain saws? I could barely contain my glee. (My sincerest apologies to anyone who may have lost a loved one in a sharknado.) And apparently I wasn't the only one, because this movie is being talked about all over social media. I guess the Tweeters and Facebookers of the world know the value of a good, gut-busting shark storm, too.

If you're looking for a good laugh, check this one out. Because nothing is better for the soul than a swirling mass of bloodthirsty sharks. At least until they come out with Zombabies or Bacteriaconda.

As the promotional poster for Sharknado says, "Enough said."

 

 



Watch the trailer for “Sharknado.”

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