Subjected to unreasonable laughter

From the Sligo Times, date unknown:

In many parts of Co. Sligo hares are now practically unknown because of the unreasonable laughter to which they have been subjected in recent years.

The Sligo Times was published from 1909–1914. I haven’t seen this superb typo in its original context, but I’d like to think it’s genuine. It appears in A Steroid Hit the Earth, an amusing misprint-o-rama by Martin Toseland.

Who’d have guessed hares were so sensitive to mockery?

17 Responses to Subjected to unreasonable laughter

  1. hmm if they are susceptible to mockery then they may also be highly sensitive to swearing… And thus an new sport – Hare Cursing!

  2. Stan says:

    Good one, Jams! Hare cursing might not be very polite, but it would be immeasurably less cruel than coursing.

  3. While I’m at it here is a favourite typo:

  4. John Cowan says:

    It’s man’s laughter that’s really been a problem in Ireland through the centuries.

    It took me years to figure out that straphangers were New York City commuters that hung from a strap, rather than a strange word “stra-phange-er” meaning “traveler” or some such.

  5. wisewebwoman says:

    What good is laughter unless it is reasonable, I ask?

  6. Jonathan says:

    The way hares stand up in a field (observed recently on a walk on a hill) is quite amusing, though…

  7. Stan says:

    Jams: That makes me think of excretions sooner than exceptions. (P.S. I shortened your link for tidiness’ sake.)

    John: Man’s laughter, indeed. And the “laugh of lost men”, in Myles na gCopaleen’s memorable phrase. I see how straphangers could mislead; the str- and -angers suggests a split strangers, encouraging the strange form. There’s a hint of phalange in there too. It’s a word that really deserves a hyphen.

    WWW: Oh, I don’t know about that. The odd bout of mad, maniacal cackling does one no harm!

    Jonathan: They’re not without intrinsic comedy, it’s true, but the report makes me imagine a prolonged, systematic assault of derisive chuckling. The poor hares.

  8. Marc Leavitt says:

    Hare today and gone tomorrow.

  9. Claude says:

    Hare not what your country can do for you…


  10. Stan says:

    Marc, Claude: Ah, very bunny.

  11. Sean Jeating says:

    Fury in the Laughterhouse could have made a hareish song of that.

  12. Stan says:

    Sean: Indeed! I bet the hares were especially fond of these albums: The Hearing and the Sense of Balance and Home Inside.

  13. This also appears in a 1960s paperback Funny Ha Ha and Funny Peculiar

  14. astraya says:

    Were there any rabbis in Co. Sligo at the time, or had they been laughtered as well?

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