For laughs, or heart tugs, it's heard to beat Facebook

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 23, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 23, 2019 12:06 am

Let's be honest. Many of us spend way too much time paging through Facebook.

And for what?

Pure and simple, I think it's safe to say most of that time is spent in search of entertainment.

Sure, it's nice to see what the grandkids are doing and it's important to "like" the picture of Uncle Marv's new car. Sometimes we even leave a message about Aunt Marge's flower garden.

But what gives us the most pleasure are the memes, comics and assortment of wacky comments, sayings and thoughts.

Facebook also provides some tear-jerking moments that actually make us stop and think. I appreciate those, too. Over the coming months, I'll try and offer a mixture of all of those.

With that in mind, a new tradition is born in this space: Facebook Posts of the Month. Call it a companion to our "Morons of the Month" offering. I hope you enjoy!

Here's our inaugural top 10 posts, accompanied by an assortment of comments, some snarky and some sincere.

10: "Grandpa: The man. The myth. The Bad Influence."

This was actually my favorite, but I didn't want to list it No. 1. That would have been too self-serving, right?

9: "I hate it when people ask me what I did yesterday. I don't know. I breathed a lot. Sighed heavily. The list goes on."

Personally, I probably watched a lot of sports, too.

8: "Going to Jail yard sale, Gage and Height Streets, starts 8 a.m."

This was an actual posting. Honest.

7: "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

OK, a semi-serious posting here, which means I'm not sure if it's even applicable to Facebook.

6: "Love is letting your kitty use your desk as his breakfast table. Even after he uses your rug as his litter box. Stains are temporary. Love is Forever."

That could all very well be true, but for whoever wrote that I have five words of advice: Get rid of the cat.

5: "I live in my own little world, but it's OK. They know me here."

My wife often asks me what world I am living in. There must be more of me out there.

4: "When asked how they managed to stay together for 65 years, the woman replied, ‘We were born in a time where if something was broken you fixed it ... rather than throw it away.'"

One of the most important ties that bind. I hope every married couple reads this multiple times.

3: "Welcome to Iowa. We hope you brought something to do."

Have you been to Iowa?

2: "Good night, ya'll. Get at least eight hours of sleep. Nine if you're ugly."

Go ahead, laugh. It's hilarious. Not necessarily politically correct, but hilarious.

1: "No I don't watch soap operas. I have Facebook. There's a new episode every five minutes."

Seriously, does this best describe social media or what?