So MP and Ruffers, those are what made you laugh? They caused an involuntary spasm of mirth, did they?
No they didn't. You know they didn't. They couldn't possibly have.
Neither of the above is capable of triggering laughter, because they were never intended to.
MP, that thing with the circle and Gideon Bible? To LAUGH? What? The same sort of thing presented to me in a pub, I'd be lookng over the shoulder of the so-called LAUGHTER merchant, wondering where the funniness might be.
To present the dry scraps above as capable of inspiring laughter, is to attempt to wring more out of them than they ever possessed.
So, what makes me laugh? Wouldn't you like to know.