Please consider Brent’s “Literal Mind” when you use this saying…. CUT A RUG: This is a slang expression for dancing. It originates from the idea that you may have to move rugs out of the way to dance or can describe someone who dances so much that they wear a hole in the rug.
Thank you Kim for writing about Unintentional Humor and the literal mind of autism. It is so important for people to understand the confusion that often occurs with our spoken language. By sharing Brent’s stories and humorous examples of his literal mind, we hope to help everyone learn to communicate more effectively.
The New Year is starting off with a BANG!! We have acquired the Unintentional Humor™ travel mobile (also known as the Celebrate Autism RV) and we are HITTING THE ROAD (this cartoon will be featured in our 2nd edition book). Our new mode of transportation is just perfect! A 24 foot Itasca Navion equipped [...]
Santa Claus vs. Santa Claws…..an interesting thought?? This could easily be misunderstood by many young children. We recommend making sure your children know who they are going to visit at the mall this year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
We hope everyone is having a happy holiday! Here is one of our favorite cartoons, and very appropriate for today too. Dress the turkey.
This describes someone that leads a very inactive lifestyle. This is usually a person who spends a lot of time on the couch watching television.
Brent was a welcomed guest at the Morgan Autism Center on Tuesday October 30th. He shared stories and the Unintentional Humor quiz with a very attentive audience. Not only did they guess most cartoons correctly, but they also offered additional ideas for Unintentional Humor Volume 2. THANK YOU Morgan Autism Center for your warm welcome. [...]
This is a common way to wish “good luck” to an actor or performer before they go on stage. Some people believe that by saying the opposite of what you really want you will prevent something bad from happening.
Americans often use the term “getting fired” when they are asked to leave their employment. This term implies that it is the employee’s fault, unlike someone leaving a job willingly.
Today is World Animal Day and to celebrate we are going to share with you some of Brent’s favorite animal cartoons from the book! Brent has always been really passionate about animals. He rode horses at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, volunteered at the Denver Zoo throughout high school, and he continues to [...]
The new RV made the trip to Colorado for an exciting week of sharing Unintentional Humor™ with many friends, new and old. Our first stop was Fort Collins, CO to meet with Temple Grandin. After an enjoyable lunch meeting, Temple received the beautiful painting that Kevin Hosseini made for her. Brent and Linda spoke to [...]
This is a slang term used for a mental institution or a place where people go when they are having mental problems. Sometimes these people are considered, “funny in the head”.
The expression was used to describe a dishonest merchant promising a pig but selling a cat. Most people use it to refer to someone who reveals a secret without meaning to.
A way to refer to someone that is teasing you or playing a joke on you. it could also be said about a person that you think is lying to you.
This is said if you are describing something in a very brief or concise way. If you don’t want to hear all of the details of a story you might say, “just tell me in a nutshell.”
This refers to a group of people who work together to come up with solutions for issues or problems. It is believed that more people sharing ideas is better than someone working alone.
This describes a person that is causing trouble or breaking things. China is fragile dish-ware and a strong bull would cause a lot of damage if allowed near it. It can also mean aggressiveness or pushiness.
In this term the word pool means grouping together resources for a common advantage. People who share rides in the same car save fuel and money and help the environment by emitting less gas pollutants.
Summer is in full swing, and so are we! July is jam-packed with some great events, and we hope to see you at some of them. Linda and Brent Presentation July 3, 2012 Camarillo, CA Brent and Linda will be sharing their presentation; “Finding Humor While Living with Autism” at Dos Caminos Elementary [...]
The definition of a “hold up” is a delay, or informally it means an attempt to rob (or steal) from someone with a weapon. It is common to refer to a bank robbery as a “bank hold up”.
A hand held device that controls the cursor on a computer screen. It is called a mouse because some people think it looks like the animal with a small body and the cord as the tail.
We are looking forward to a fun summer filled with sunshine, exciting announcements, new adventures, and lots of great Unintentional Humor™ events! Please make sure to check back with us for upcoming event dates that will be posted on our blog and our calendar. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER !!