A true story… and a fine example of why I now avoid commenting on Facebook.

I commented on a Facebook work page almost a year ago, during our annual healthcare registration. The post was written by a person, who had artistically altered his profile picture, changing his skin color to “Incredible Hulk” green, (I’m sure you’ve seen this effect, probably Andy Warhol inspired). He asked a question regarding the choices and costs of the healthcare packages we were offered. I chimed in: “considering the color of your skin, you should increase your coverage”.

I often assume that people have a sense of humor when they don’t. Sometimes it’s because I sense a spark of intelligence in their eyes. Sometimes though, as in this case, I just forget that there are people who are humorless imbeciles.

So that there are no misunderstandings here, I’ll attempt to explain myself as clearly as I can. It has been my experience that when people are sick, they often look a bit green. I was attempting (obviously not successfully) humor by pointing out that the (fake) green skin color in his profile picture might be an indication that he was ill, and due to the high probability of illness, he might benefit from a higher level of insurance to offset any medical expenses incurred while fighting what ever disease he was inflicted with, that made him turn green.

His response was: “What does my skin color have to do anything?”

Again I thought we were having fun. I thought his seemingly angry response was sarcasm, so I continued along in the same vein. His next response was more obviously angry, and he mentioned the idea of filing a complaint against me with the company. I stopped responding. Other people chimed in, in my defense, and it got ugly.

That was not the first time my sense of humor got me in trouble on Facebook, but it was the last.

“The problem with having a sense of humor is often that the people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood.”
Lou Holtz
Sep 17, 2014
Happy Radars
Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong).

4 thoughts on “Green

  1. Oh oh. thought I wasn’t going to answer this prompt, but your post has reminded me of an occasion when I, too, was a very bad judge of someone’s mood so you have saved the prompt, Lydia!!! Just believe that I feel your pain on this one…and read my prompt later…you might identify as well…Judy


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