Mark Twain has a well-deserved reputation for not being intimidated by those in high authority. His self-assurance and disregard for the opinion of others allowed him to rub elbows with the most […]
The Not-So-Funny Tale of the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic
If everyone is laughing, that’s usually a sign that things are going well. Not so in the case of a peculiar and unexplained phenomenon that hit Eastern Africa in the 1960s. Plenty […]
The Weird, Wonderful, Wacky, and Whimsical Writings of Sir Thomas Urquhart
Certain historical figures are worth studying for the sheer entertainment value. Near the top of that list would be Sir Thomas Urquhart, the Scottish author of the 17th century. What can we […]
The Love Affair That Began and Ended With a Shave
Grace was watering flowers one morning when she saw the most extraordinary thing. The young schoolteacher was just a couple of years into her teaching assignment at the Clarke Schools for Hearing […]
The Deathly Serious Queen Mary of Teck
It is not an exaggeration to say Queen Mary of Teck (1867-1953) took things very seriously. One could even say her attitude was deathly serious.
Cannibalism: It Actually Can Be a Laughing Matter
Cannibalism is certainly no laughing matter. Or is it?
A Good Joke May Not Always Be the Best Medicine
When Alex Mitchell laughed himself to death while watching a comedy skit, it was a tragedy, but it certainly was not the first time anyone died from a fatal case of belly […]
Numerical Laughing in the Land of Smiles
In Thailand, the number 5 is pronounced, “ha.” Instead of seeing LOL, you will frequently see “555,” as slang for laughter. Read more fun facts about languages. Read more fun facts about […]
Laughter: the Best Medicine?
They say laughter is the best medicine, but that did not prove to be true for Alex Mitchell.
Laughing to Death Over Royalty
The Scottish aristocrat Thomas Urquhart (1611-1660) was a noted polymath and first translator of French Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais into English. It is said that one of the greatest signs of genius […]