Last night as I was cleaning up dinner and packing school lunches for today, Graham perched on one of the stools and showed me the book he had made after school. His class has been learning about the solar system and he is (more than) a little bit about it. He started telling me random facts, as he is prone to do, like how Pluto is now a dwarf planet and scientists think there may have been water on Mars and that one day he was going to be an astronaut and walk on the Moon and Mars.

There was some silence as he flipped through the pages of his book and then he said something profound.

Uranus has tiny rings around it.

I put down the knife that I was using to cut the cheese (Ha!) and started shaking with laughter. He asked me why I was laughing so hard and then I started laughing even harder because he didn’t know why that phrase was so funny. He didn’t know! This, despite the fact that we use technical terms like “bum” and “pee-pee” and “hoo-ha” and “tallywacker.” (Google search is going to bit me in the, uh, butt on this one.) I’m kidding. Mostly. While my kids do know the technical terms about their body parts (except for that particular one, apparently), we just don’t use them in every day conversation. I didn’t do it before I had kids – it’s just not my thing. Besides, we all know what we’re talking about when we use the word “bum.” At least I hope so.

ANYWAY. Uranus. It’s a funny word. I could Google how the name came to be, but I’d like to believe that it was some BOY scientists who thought they could have a little bit of fun with the name. It’s also spelled in geek/text speak. “ur” “anus”. Those scientists were ahead of their times.

Some people may think that we are immature to find words like Uranus funny, but those people would probably frown on this video I took of Emily pronouncing “fork” (consider yourselves warned) two summers ago.

(If it doesn’t load for you, the link is here.)

They also probably hate laughing in general, which is sad.

I don’t know. I guess that I should be more of a proper “lady” (or something)(have you met me?) but potty humor is funny, at least in our house. It always has been and it always will be.

And just in case you needed a reminder, Uranus has tiny rings around it.




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  1. Kami April 7, 2011 7:53 pm edit

    HA! That is funny! And laughing is good!

  2. Hannah April 7, 2011 7:54 pm edit

    When I read that on Facebook yesterday, I laughed so hard. And then I imagined you laughing, and Graham not knowing why you were laughing. And then I laughed some more.

    Uranus has tiny rings around it. AWESOME.

  3. honey April 7, 2011 8:22 pm edit

    Our kids are funny! I couldn’t imagine life without them. They get it from you!

  4. K April 8, 2011 6:10 am edit

    Love it! We would get along swimmingly. :)

  5. Mrs. Wilson April 8, 2011 7:11 am edit


    So awesome.

    I know you’re interested, so I’ll tell ya that it’s named after the ancient Greek deity of the sky, Uranus. You’re welcome. But I like the geek speak version better.

    Uranus. Hee!

  6. Sizzle April 8, 2011 7:53 am edit

    Uranus will never not be funny. Ever!

  7. Nell April 8, 2011 10:13 am edit

    Bwwwaaahh! just posted about MY childish humor the other day!! Love it!

  8. vahid April 8, 2011 12:13 pm edit

    As a nerdy child-scientist, I didn’t get the jokes about Uranus until (probably) my teens or so. I didn’t understand why it got more attention than the far more interesting Neptune or Saturn. Ah, young geekiness.

  9. Sherry April 8, 2011 2:46 pm edit

    Well cripes, at least they’re just tiny rings. I’m sure they’re barely even noticeable! :D

    Your sense of humour and my sense of humour would get along VERY well indeed.

  10. hillary April 8, 2011 3:07 pm edit

    Uranus is hilarious.

  11. Lisa April 8, 2011 3:46 pm edit

    Wait! So did you fill him in on the joke!? Did he get to go to school and be THAT KID!? Haha! We all had to learn it from someone. :)

  12. Danica April 9, 2011 8:24 am edit

    “I put down the knife that I was using to cut the cheese,” hahahahahahaha. That’s almost even funnier.

  13. Roshan April 10, 2011 6:54 pm edit

    I can remember when I first started telling jokes about Uranus, age of 8 or 9 I guess. Telling my sister that “Uranus is a big planet” and stuff like that.

  14. Ninabi April 10, 2011 8:58 pm edit

    Ha! I’m laughing along with you. Ours is a terrible house for making fun of nearly everything and, when watching the Science Channel in bed in the evenings, we hope to hear the word “Uranus” and we snicker and carry on like it’s a slumber party for 12 year olds.

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