National Humor Month 2018 — April

National Humor Month is no laughing matter. Or wait… maybe it is? Either way, it’s definitely worth taking seriously! April’s National Humor Month is appropriately kicked off with April Fool’s Day — the best day of the year for getting a laugh at a loved one’s expense. But why not let the prankster’s holiday set the tone for the whole month? Here’s how you can make April a full month of gaffes, goofs, cackles and crack ups.

National Humor Month - History

1895
First Comedy Film is Made

“L'Arroseur Arrosé” is a one minute long, silent, French comedy about a gardener getting sprayed in the face with a hose.

1847
First Chicken Crosses the Road

The popular riddle about the daring chicken makes its premier in a New York based magazine called “The Knickerbocker”.

1900 B.C.
First Known Fart Joke

Sumerian proverbs include humorous references to breaking wind.

3500 B.C.
First Known Yo Mamma Joke

The earliest recorded joke about someone’s mother is etched onto a tablet in Babylon.

National Humor Month Activities

1. Play a prank
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But the second best way to flatter a loved one is by making them the object of a (fun) prank. You could start with a simple April Fools gag, like putting all of your partner’s toiletries into separate inflated balloons. Or you could carry out a fun ruse throughout the month of April, like moving all of the living room furniture by really small increments each day.

2. Support a local comic
Everybody’s got a dream. For some people it’s to become an astronaut. For others it’s to be repeatedly laughed at, while on stage, by large audiences. Who are we to judge? Show the under-appreciated humorists in your area some love by attending an open-mic night and sincerely cheering for their perhaps underwhelming but certainly courageous performances.

3. Host a laugh-in
Do you and your friends have a favorite funny movie? Perhaps there’s a film you quote back-and-forth incessantly. Celebrate National Humor Month by inviting your crew over for a night dedicated to celebrating the hilarious cinematic art that helps fuel your silliest bonding moments.

Why We Love National Humor Month

A. Humor is free entertainment
The best things in life are free, and that includes humor. Sure you can pay to see a great comedy show or go check out a funny new movie, but getting a good laugh really doesn’t have to cost a penny.

B. Laughter is contagious
What makes you open your mouth wide, is highly contagious,and isn’t a yawn? You guessed it — laughter! Studies show that just hearing the recorded sound of laughter causes our facial muscles to naturally form a smile, and that laughing with others can help you form stronger social bonds.

C. Laughter is the best medicine
Just because laughter is contagious doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Humor can be a great tool for combating difficult emotions, slowing the aging process, and increasing overall satisfaction with life.

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