|Is that a touch of mirth in those eyes?|
In his writings, Darwin jokes sometimes about other people — and not always in a kind way. All of the following comments are his, and they are in fact funny (though not really hilarious).
(1) Darwin loved to hunt, and while a student at Cambridge spent much of his time in his rooms practicing with his gun. But instead of firing real bullets, he fired caps. He comments:
(2) Darwin recalled his father, Robert Waring Darwin (right), as "the largest man whom I ever saw." Of him, Darwin writes: "Many persons were much afraid of him. I remember my father telling us one day with a laugh, that several persons had asked him whether
From: Life and Letters of Charles Darwin.
(3) Darwin jokes also about an embarrassing incident that occurred at a meeting of the Plinian Society when he was a student at the University of Edinburgh:
From: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
(4) Adam Sedgwick, a professor at Cambridge, took Darwin, then twenty-two, on a walking tour in Wales to initiate him in the methods of geology. Recalling an incident from their journey together, Darwin jokes about Sedgwick, saying "We left Conway early in the morning, and for the first two or
From: Clark, J. W. and T. M. Hughes eds. 1890. The walking tour in North Wales. In: The life and letters of the Reverend Adam Sedgwick. 1: 379-381.
(5) During his travels in South America, Darwin thought the places he had to stay suffered by comparison with the typical English inn. He gives the following account of Brazilian hospitality: "On first arriving, it was our custom to unsaddle the horses and give them their Indian corn; then, with a low
Funny? Yes. Hilarious? No, not really.
Note: The various Darwin jokes on this page all came from Darwin Online.
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