Funny Moments Captured In Time

Updated on Jun 22, 2018. Originally added on Jun 02, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
These are 35 photos that will make you laugh: What we think is funny changes with time and there have always been topical jokes that don't transcend generations like jokes about computers or current politicians and celebrities. Who in the current generation understands (or even knows about) Ernestine, the telephone operator (one ringy dingy) or the "hippy dippy mailman"? But visual humor usually translates well. Although we may not belly laugh, it will at least bring a smile. After all, slapstick humor is based on visual cues. Here are some photos that will make you laugh . . . or at least smile. And that's healthy for you, so if nothing else, scroll through these photos for your health!

The Benefits of Laughter According to the medical community, laughter - and the increased intake of oxygen that occurs when you laugh - can stimulate your heart, lungs and muscles; relaxes you; and soothes tension through stimulating circulation and aiding muscle relaxation. Some even say that you tone your abs when you laugh - fun exercise!

Even a smile has health benefits: A smile relaxes your body, lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress, automatically makes you happier, makes you more productive, and encourages others to trust you.

A Day Dedicated to Laughter - April Fool's Day Some version of April Fool's Day - a day of playing pranks and laughing hilariously at the resuls - has been celebrated throughout the world for centuries, if not millennia. Remember replacing sugar with salt when you were a kid? Perhaps some of our childish pranks were considered innocent but in recent decades even companies and government agencies have played pranks - with sometimes less than ideal results. For instance, the Greater Manchester Police Radcliffe tweeted in 2015: "Know someone in prison? You can get them released early by voting for them on here .The prisoners with the most votes also wins a holiday." Many families' hopes were dashed by that one tweet. And Playboy Romania, on April 1, 2000, published an article with a step-by-step description on "how to beat your wife." Not funny at all!

Funny Moments Captured In Time

Just seeing someone else laughing is infectious!
Three Happy Boys

Mack Sennett Comedy

1920 Mack Sennett comedy - poor doggy.



Yes! Terrify your kid with an orangutan!


When being held up was considered a joke among friends?

Robertson - Being Pickpocketed

Do you know a joke that starts with . . .

a lion, a witch, and a duck?
A lion, a witch, and a duck . . .

Exactly what were these people thinking?

Hacker family, 1902

I would name this "The Professor"

Unknown Child, TX or LA

March softly . . . and carry a big gun

Frank Pando

Look closely and you’ll see the cat is capturing milk directly from the source!

Grandmother Winifred Clayton Milking Cow

Only ONE wrinkle? Hah!

A Wrinkle - I'm getting Old! Ivory Soap

"The Missis"

The Missis - Dog in clothing

Dressing your pet up in clothing is nothing new. In fact, it's been going on for over a hundred years! Meet "The Missis" from circa 1905. I honestly had no idea until I stumbled on this photo that our ancestors invented this quirky habit of ours.

"An unexpected meeting of the Board"

1906 Play

1906 "domestic comedy"!


Honeymoon ride, 1920

John and Anna (Braunger) Kriege

Giddyup . . . horsie?

Doreen's Alligator Ride
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