I recently read that this is the world's funniest joke:
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says "OK, now what?"
Let me know if you agree, or if you have a funnier joke.
Making cheesecake and scrambled eggs.
I know the capital city of pretty much every country in the world and am great at the US states game.
Quoting comedy shows and comedians.
Dancing (judge for yourself though).
Less flatteringly, I've been told that I'm a dead ringer for James Holmes, the guy who shot all those people during the Batman film in Colorado.
What celebrity comparisons have you had?
Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, all Orwell, all Hosseini, all Murakami, some William Boyd, most Coetzee, etc. Complemented by spy and crime thrillers and fact. I've read Guns, Germs and Steel three times. I'm hoping to get my head round it on the fourth. If you take your literature seriously, I heartily recommend buying any Dean Koontz novel from the £1 Asda book section, pick up some booze whilst there, and spend the evening with some like-minded friends reading passages to each other. If there is a funnier way to socialise, I'd like to hear it.
Films: The Third Man, Apocalypse Now, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, This is Spinal Tap, Forest Gump, A Prophet, Baader Meinhof Complex, Taxi Driver, La Haine, The Rec Series, Almodovar, Besson, etc. I most recently paid to see 12 Years a Slave, which was excellent. I most recently went to see a test screening of a film called Pressure. For pity's sake, I implore you not to spend money on it when it comes out.
TV: Many, many BBC comedies, notably The Office, anything Partridge and Blackadder, but the list is seemingly endless. Otherwise, Peep Show (anything Mitchell and Webb), IT Crowd, Black Books (anything with Dylan Moran basically), The Inbetweeners, Breaking Bad and Homeland (just started getting into US box sets, got a few to go).
I like most types of food, but it's hard to top a gourmet burger from the Covent Garden Grill. I have two foibles when it comes to food. I don't eat fruit in its natural state (I can never get on with the texture) but I like the flavour of most fruits and drink a lot of smoothies to make up for it. I also don't eat birds and especially dislike chicken (I'll eat it if I have to but try and avoid it).
I'm always looking for new bands/books/films/meals etc. so if there is one of these you couldn't live without, do share.