Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: Laughter is the shortest distance between two people?”

2. . . . these lyrics are from which song:

So if you chance to meet him
While walking 'round the town.  
Shake him by his fat old hand
And give him half a crown.  

His eyes will beam and sparkle
He'll gurgle with delight.
And then you'll start him laughing
With all his blessed might!

3. It’s rire in French ridere in Italian, reír in Spanish and kata in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Gelotology is the study of what?

5. What’s the funniest book you’ve read or your favourite funny book?

5 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. JC says:

    2 looks like the “Laughing Policeman”.



  2. Alwyn says:

    1. That was Victor Borge. I still have recordings of his concerts.
    As he claimed, when he said “Lyndon Johnson held me up by my ears and pronounced me a Great Dane”, he was a great Dane.
    2. You have me stumped
    3. Laugh
    4. The study of laughter I think. Alternatively it could be the science of making Italian icecream.
    5. I would have to go back to my childhood and say “Winnie the Pooh”


  3. Andrei says:

    (1) Victor Borge

    (2) “The laughing policeman”

    (3) Laugh

    (4) Laughter science

    (5) Catch 22 maybe, the book was made into a terrible film though


  4. Teletext says:

    1. Victor Borge a great pianist but an even greater conductor
    2. The Laughing Policeman sung by Charles Penrose (actual name Charles Jolly). It was thought it was written by his wife but actually came from the Laughing Song written by George Johnson in about 1901.
    3. To laugh
    4. The study of laughter and it’s effects on the body
    5. A (or any) compilation book of the cartoons of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson


  5. I’m with Alwyn – Winnie the Pooh.

    But as a kid, I thought some of Gordon Korman’s books were hilarious.


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