People United in Defence of Depression, Irritability and Natural Grumpiness
You can look on the bright side. Or you can look here.
We will have a nice day when we're good and ready, NOT when you order
us to do so! And we will not cheer up - because it probably will happen!
Hello, and welcome to P.U.D.D.I.N.G..
This society was formed as a result of a discussion about a story reported in a 'Notes From a Small Planet' column in 'The h2g2 Post'. It concerned Janice Hathy, a stress management expert from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who reportedly wanted to launch an annual event called The Great American Grump Out - during which grumpiness would be banned. People would be fined if caught frowning, and forced to wear special hats if caught being unhappy.
Ms Hathy has since launched her event, but has insisted that she was misrepresented. In a broadcast confrontation with the founder of P.U.D.D.I.N.G., aired on BBC Radio Five Live, she has said that her event is all for charity and that no curmudgeons are persecuted in the pursuit of this fund-raising. Frankly, we remain sceptical about this.
Whatever, P.U.D.D.I.N.G. remains pertinent and proud. Our point is that sometimes in this life, you have good reason to feel stressed or depressed. That's bad enough in itself, without being forced to force a smile. Yet all too often, simple sadness seems to be regarded as pathological, and any expression other than an inane grin seen as downright rude.
And, frankly, that makes us pretty tetchy.
Now please don't misunderstand us, because that would really put us in a bad mood. P.U.D.D.I.N.G. does NOT celebrate or promote sadness. Depression is an illness, and it's quite right to seek to overcome depression. We simply demand our right to express natural emotions. The show will not necessarily go on. We will not be bullied into grinning and bearing it.
And if you're going to tell us to 'cheer up' - try telling us why the we should cheer up while you're at it! Otherwise, quite frankly... well, we just might get a bit grumpy.
JOIN P.U.D.D.I.N.G. HERE!
Want to join us? If you feel that you have the right grumpy stuff to be a portion of P.U.D.D.I.N.G., then just post a message here in The P.U.D.D.I.N.G. Sign-Up Thread.
Once you've joined our great grumpy gang, you can get your 'I'm a Portion of P.U.D.D.I.N.G.' badge by following the instructions in this thread:
P.U.D.D.I.N.G. on the radio!
On May 27, 2003, BBC Radio Five Live hosted a dramatic clash of cultures. The founder of P.U.D.D.I.N.G. was pitted against the dreaded Dr Janice Hathy, founder of 'The Great American Grump Out', on the Up All Night programme.
If you dare, you can read an account of the conflict and a full transcript of the confrontation here: P.U.D.D.I.N.G. Hits The Airwaves!.
Help write The P.U.D.D.I.N.G. Anthem!
The world is full of uplifting, energising music. It's time we fought back.
To that end, I've started constructing The P.U.D.D.I.N.G. Anthem. In a cunning act of subversion, I've used the melody of one of the most un-P.U.D.D.I.N.G. songs ever written - Bobby McFerrin's vile 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. Needless to say, the tone of the P.U.D.D.I.N.G. version is a little different...
Now all it needs is your input! Why not take a look at the Anthem and post your own additional lyrics at the bottom? Together we can build a truly epic musical moan!
Heroes of P.U.D.D.I.N.G.
Here's where we pay tribute to some of the characters, real and fictional, who have truly shown the right, grumpy stuff. They may have achieved huge success, but it hasn't made them go around grinning at everyone. Indeed, some of them have achieved levels of morose ill-humour and consistent crabbiness that can only be described as truly inspirational.
All hail the Heroes of P.U.D.D.I.N.G.!
Enemies of P.U.D.D.I.N.G.
Wanted for aggravated, premeditated chirpiness. Rarely seen without a smile or a smirk. Persistently perky. We name the grinning goons that make P.U.D.D.I.N.G. members even grumpier than usual.
Some are all too real. Others are fictional, but no less infuriating because of it. They range from politicians to children's TV characters, but they're united by pathological positivism.
They're all Enemies of P.U.D.D.I.N.G..
Proud portions of P.U.D.D.I.N.G.
Say it loud, we're grumpy and we're proud:
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Cantankerous Cats' Corner
Do you know a morose moggy? Is your four-legged friend a foul-tempered feline? Is your pet a petulant pussycat? Does no amount of improve their temper?
Then tell P.U.D.D.I.N.G. about them, and let them get the acclaim they deserve! Have them inducted into Cantankerous Cats' Corner, P.U.D.D.I.N.G.'s special section for sour pusses!
Disgruntled Dogs' Den
Do you know a dog with a hangdog expression? A petulant pooch? A malevolent mutt? A dog who is no man's best friend?
Then tell P.U.D.D.I.N.G. about them, and they can be housed in our virtual kennels for crabby canines - the Disgruntled Dogs' Den!