Idling a bit, I confess – I turned to a favourite internet source, the fabulous Welsh Newspaper Archive, in search of the weird and wonderful topics set for essay competitions and other writing competitions, and the search threw up the following example of extremely stodgy 19th C ‘humour’ ….
I am sure this appeared in many places, but I found it in the Cardiff Times, 8th June 1894.
Now just imagining the worthy citizens of Cardiff finding that highly amusing. Humour really doesn’t travel well through time, does it. Pants, and the transatlantic pant difference, however – never not funny.