One recent rainy morning, I stopped at the grocery store after walking my dogs in the park.
As I strode into the store I realized that my wet shoes were making farting noises with every step. I tried walking more slowly, but that just resulted in slower, deeper farts.
So I paused for a moment, too mortified to move. Then like any geek of good conscience, I asked myself, WWJCD?
"What would John Cleese do?"
Suddenly the moment was transformed from one of extreme embarrassment to one of merriment. I put on my best Cleese straight-man face and continued walking, all the while pretending I had no idea the flatulent feet were attached to me.
If an unexpectedly boisterous blast burst from my soggy sneakers, I'd look around as though someone else was to blame and I was offended by their presence.
When the shopping was done I picked up the pace, resulting in dozens of quick squeaky blats following me as I left the store.
I have no idea what anyone else's reaction was, but I certainly had a good time.
So if you ever find yourself in an awkward situation, don't worry about it. Just ask yourself, WWJCD?Everything will be fine after that.