Schadenfreude ist die reinste freude.

On my way back from the hair cutting saloon yesterday evening, I tripped over, hold your breath, a pebble, and fell down flat on my face. A passing motorcyclist stopped and the pillion rider a strapping young man got down to help me up. He underestimated the weight he would have to lift and slipped on the same gravel that was my nemesis and fell down too. Now this must have been a very comic scene for the rider of the bike who started to laugh uncontrollably, I flatter myself not at my predicament but at his friend’s and in the process, somehow managed to loose his balance and fell down with the motorcycle.

Can you imagine the spectacle? It must have been like slap stick comedy for other spectators, though we, most certainly I, were too busy gathering our wits and getting up to notice.

The comedy routine was complete when I was the first one to get up, and I helped the guy below the motorcycle up by moving it away from him. If you recollect, this was the bloke who started the laugh riot in the first place.

After all three were up and we dusted ourselves off and we thanked each other, all three of us had a good laugh. And I said to the two young men that it was a pity that there was no one around with a movie camera to have filmed the whole routine!

Schadenfreude by
GARY COLEMAN:
Right now you are down and out and feeling really crappy

NICKY:
I’ll say.

GARY COLEMAN:
And when I see how sad you are
It sort of makes me…
Happy!

NICKY:
Happy?!

GARY COLEMAN:
Sorry, Nicky, human nature-
Nothing I can do!
It’s…
Schadenfreude!
Making me feel glad that I’m not you.

NICKY:
Well that’s not very nice, Gary!

GARY COLEMAN:
I didn’t say it was nice! But everybody does it!

D’ja ever clap when a waitress falls and drops a tray of glasses?

NICKY:
Yeah…

GARY COLEMAN:
And ain’t it fun to watch figure skaters falling on their asses?

NICKY:
Sure!

GARY COLEMAN:
And don’tcha feel all warm and cozy,
Watching people out in the rain!

NICKY:
You bet!

GARY COLEMAN:
That’s…

GARY AND NICKY:
Schadenfreude!

GARY COLEMAN:
People taking pleasure in your pain!

NICKY:
Oh, Schadenfreude, huh?
What’s that, some kinda Nazi word?

GARY COLEMAN:
Yup! It’s German for “happiness at the misfortune of others!”

NICKY:
“Happiness at the misfortune of others.” That is German!

Watching a vegetarian being told she just ate chicken

GARY COLEMAN:
Or watching a frat boy realize just what he put his dick in!

NICKY:
Being on the elevator when somebody shouts “Hold the door!”

GARY AND NICKY:
“No!!!”
Schadenfreude!

GARY COLEMAN:
“Fuck you lady, that’s what stairs are for!”

NICKY:
Ooh, how about…
Straight-A students getting Bs?

GARY COLEMAN:
Exes getting STDs!

NICKY:
Waking doormen from their naps!

GARY COLEMAN:
Watching tourists reading maps!

NICKY:
Football players getting tackled!

GARY COLEMAN:
CEOs getting shackled!

NICKY:
Watching actors never reach

GARY AND NICKY:
The ending of their oscar speech!
Schadenfreude!
Schadenfreude!
Schadenfreude!
Schadenfreude!

GARY COLEMAN:
The world needs people like you and me who’ve been knocked around by fate.
‘Cause when people see us, they don’t want to be us, and that makes them feel great.

NICKY:
Sure!
We provide a vital service to society!

GARY AND NICKY:
You and me!
Schadenfreude!
Making the world a better place…
Making the world a better place…
Making the world a better place…
To be!

GARY COLEMAN:
S-C-H-A-D-E-N-F-R-E-U-D-E!

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19 Responses to Schadenfreude ist die reinste freude.

  1. Maria says:

    Thought you said you didn’t have hair….
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    • Rummuser says:

      There, I have just given you a shot at schadenfreude. I do have hair growing beside and behind my head Maria. That unfortunately needs periodic trimming as does my beard.

  2. tammy j says:

    LOLOLOL!
    i’m waiting for it to go viral. surely someone somewhere caught it all on the camera of their phone. and they’re putting it on the internet as we speak. you’re a STAR! or maybe you just should be.
    hugs!
    to the master of schadenfreude!
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  3. Nick says:

    Sounds like something straight out of Laurel and Hardy! All you needed to add was a lorry laden with sausages trying to avoid the two of you, skidding out of control and all the sausages shooting into the road….
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  4. Grannymar says:

    Ouch! This ground kissing is not to be recommended as a sport, I know to my cost. I am glad there were no injuries and you were all able to laugh at the end of it.
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  5. 😀
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  6. Maxi says:

    Have to admit that the whole situation made me laugh, Rummy. Just hope you are okay, didn’t get any bumps or scrapes when you hit the ground.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  7. Yep! This is a laugher. I have gone down so many times that I feel for you but am amused, too. One time on a questionnaire (about aging) I was asked if I had fallen in the last year. My reply:too many times to count.
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    • Rummuser says:

      Most people who have come to know about the misadventure compliment me on the way I have treated the whole thing. While it was happening though, the thoughts that flashed through were quite different!

  8. It’s like the old ABC Sports entry on “the thrill of victory, the AGONY of defeat!” Everybody just remembers that guy bouncing his head around as he falls off the ski jump.

    They’ve been needing an update for years. This may be it! There must have been a drone overhead somewhere to record this …
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  9. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    Wow…if it is German than it is automatically Nazi, eh? “Is it a Nazi word? Yup, it is German”….*nodding*.
    Anyway, many in Europe today are accusing Germany of Schadenfreude indeed.

    If I had seen you slip and fall I am not sure I would laugh; but I am sure I’d run towards you to help.

    Cheers
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  10. Big John says:

    “Schadenfreude” .. Ve haff vays of making you laugh !
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