The World of humour, or, The Importance of not being earnest
This issue of the Unesco Courier is devoted to "World Humour - and the Importance of NOT Being Earnest". The intriguing figure on our cover, opening his patched robe to reveal a decor of startling magnificence, is one of history's great pranksters, Nasrudin Hodja, comic folk hero of the Muslim world since early medieval times. To the question very often posed: Is humour international? Nasrudin has supplied the answer. His anecdotes have girdled the earth with people holding their sides or rolling in the aisles all the way from China to Europe and from America to Africa and the Middle East.