Sideswipe

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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 play­fight­ing that have been likened to laugh­ter. A lead­ing hy­poth­e­sis for why we laugh is that laugh­ter pro­motes proso­cial 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

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.

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

Dou­ble take . . . Steve saw this scooter out­side his work build­ing. He won­dered if it was a bud­get Lime scooter or whether the com­pany is now tar­get­ing young­sters too.

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