You're probably not sending photos of yourself, in your underwear, to strangers in Seattle, as a US Congressman admitted doing the other day.
It was "part of a joke," he said.
But have you ever said or done something offensive? And then, when people reacted negatively, claimed, "I was just joking."
The head of the NYC school system resignedrecently after a bad joke (plus other mistakes). Overcrowded schools, she joked, could be fixed with birth control.
That joke contributed to a dismal approval rating of 17%.
Sigmund Freud, years ago, wrote a book on jokes. He believed jokes expressed dark impulses, like lust (the congressman's "joke") and aggression (the school chief's).
"Today, I've signed legislation," President Reagan joked, "that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
Reagan delivered that line in 1984 while testing a microphonebefore a radio address.