HA HA! It’s International Laughter Day!

What is loud, fast, and crunchy? 

A rocket chip!

Now that we’ve tickled your funny bone, you might want to know today is International Laughter Day! A day when we celebrate all things that make us giggle, chuckle, guffaw, snicker, titter and chortle.

Want to know some fun facts about laughter?

We got ’em, so read on to be amused. Who knows? You might just lol!

What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between us, something smells!

6d8cd716cebe27a5054210ab6bdb00eeThe Science of Laughter

Scientists have studied laughter and what they have found is no “laughing matter.”

Did you know…

…the study of laughter is called “Gelotology?”

…the average person laughs 13 times a day? Oddly enough, it’s not usually due to a joke, but rather something that happens.

…kids laugh more than adults?

…laughing is good for you? It not only burns calories but laughing first thing in the moring gives you a natural burst of energy.

What do you call a duck that gets all A’s? A wise quacker!

Some Animals Can Laugh

Animals have been amusing humans for thousands of years. However, we didn’t know that they may think we’re funny, too.

Marine scientists in Sweden have observed dolphins chuckling when playing. This sound is only emitted in roughhousing sessions, which leads the scientists to believe it’s all in fun.

Bonobo chimpanzees laugh when tickled. Just like us, this primate is sensitive under the armpits, the tummy, and the feet. It is thought that the quick panting sound the Bonobo emits helps them build relationships with one another.

Rats laugh when they are playing with each other (we just can’t hear it). These ultrasonic vocalizations are believed to originate in the same part of the rat’s brain as humans.

Elephants trumpet when socializing. They even play with sticks, ropes, bones, and rocks. trumpet_elephant_2_by_bnspencer-d4bhrox

Some birds get a good “chuckle” out of teasing other animals. Crows have been observed pulling the tails of cats and dogs. A pet African Grey parrot would constantly imitate a whistle to confuse the family dog. He would then let out a wheezy laugh.

 

What kind of tree fits into your hand? A palm tree!

Laugh the Day Away

Tell a joke, make a pun, or play a game, today is International Laughter Day! Laughing is not only good for us, but it’s contagious to those around us. So get out there and spread the fun!

Laugh the day away…you’ll be glad you did.

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