How Much Is Too Much?
Jokes are great icebreakers, but what if you cross the threshold of decency? What if your joke, instead of causing ripples of laughter, causes bubbles of fury? To be able to deliver a funny birthday message, you need to be sensitive towards others. If the birthday person has a low tolerance for personal jokes, steer clear from the common pitfalls. That means, no jokes about weight, color, race, gender, or any physical deformity. Politically incorrect humor can boomerang, especially when used in birthday cards. Funny birthday wishes that tease someone about their habits, fears, or idiosyncrasies are usually considered acceptable.
Humor also has to be tailored keeping in mind your relation to the birthday person. If you are sending a birthday wish to a very close friend or family member, you can be more wicked in your humor. But can you imagine the horror on your boss's face, when you use wicked humor in his birthday card? I think you get the point.
The 'Done to Death' Humor
Some jokes are fun the first time you read them, however, when you read the same joke year after year, you tend to get tired of it. I have had many people send me birthday wishes that were unoriginal and repetitive. It is hard to even smile over the stale joke. If you want to pep up your friend with funny quotes, make sure that you have not used them before. If you can't create your own humor, use the help of random funny quotes to create your own humorous line.
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say
Humor is a potent medium of communication, and sometimes you run the risk of over communicating. What does that mean? Well, some jokes are full of innuendo, leaving room for different types of interpretation. So watch out for the ones that take off on a tangent. If you intend to use pun, make sure that you are not offending anybody's sensibilities.
How to Use Funny Birthday Messages
When I want to come up with a really funny birthday wish, here's what I do. I think about the person I am sending the birthday message, and ask myself, "What's unique about this person?" Perhaps she or he is lazy. Or maybe a workaholic. Perhaps she has many pets. Or is a stickler for cleanliness. I use this information to scout around the Internet for funny birthday quotes. Having found one that fits the bill, I either use the original or tweak it to suit my humor style. That way, I have an original one every time I send out birthday wishes. You can also use funny birthday messages, as is.
Old age is not for sissies.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time.
As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two.
The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.
I occasionally get birthday cards from fans. But it’s often the same message: They hope it’s my last.
J. P. Sears
Let us respect gray hairs, especially our own.
Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
Have you noticed that all the people in favor of birth control are already born?
Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.
Every man has his follies -- and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
You have delighted us long enough.
I have met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
C. E. M. Joad
Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
John P. Grier
You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.
Pie can’t compete with cake. Put candles in a cake, it’s a birthday cake. Put candles in a pie, and somebody’s drunk in the kitchen.
For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier. I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.