Unanswered by science

Laughter, like crying, may have developed as a social tool, according to Mental Floss. "Laughter doesn't appear to be a uniquely human behaviour, and it may not even be limited to primates. Rats produce laughter when tickled and many other social animals, such as dolphins, make specific sounds associated with play-fighting that have been likened to laughter. A leading hypothesis for why we laugh is that laughter promotes pro-social behaviour by letting playmates know that the fighting is just a game. But even if our interpretations of these behaviours are correct, it's possible that humans evolved different uses for laughter after our evolutionary splits with other animal species, making the reason for human laughter another open question."

Laundry anachronism

Photo / Supplied
Photo / Supplied

A reader writes: "Found in back of laundry cupboard at Far North family bach with no washing machine. Been in the family since 1974. Is it a Northland thing, a bach thing, or do people not wash their clothes when on holiday?

No winner at chicken dinner

A woman who broke into a Florida police station and ate an officer's chicken dinner was caught because she left her wallet containing two identification cards behind. Yvelande Jean-Pierre, 29, was also caught on the Boynton Beach substation's security video. Jean-Pierre has been charged with burglary.

Taking offence

Followed on an Auckland motorway: There's always someone in the big city taking offence.
Followed on an Auckland motorway: There's always someone in the big city taking offence.

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