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A philosopher of humor and Mel Brooks are sitting in a bar. The philosopher of humor says: "An essential difference between first-person and third-person humor is that, in third-person humor, strong negative effects of faulty anticipation-generation can still have humorous import." And Mel Brooks says: "Yeah. Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."
Jul 20, 2012 01:02PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 257 of 359
Things that are similar to humor: wit, optical illusions, tickling, music.
Jul 22, 2012 05:43AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 217 of 359
In a famous experiment, the anxiety induced by walking on a bridge over a chasm was reinterpreted as physical attraction to the experimenter (Dutton and Aron 1974), and subsequent experiments have not only replicated that effect but demonstrated its presence even when subjects are informed in advance (Foster et al 1998). Wow. Let me know if you try this and it works.
Jul 22, 2012 04:14AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 202 of 359
I have to take a break from this book. I can no longer see anything funny without stopping to analyze it in terms of priming in multiple mental spaces.
Jul 21, 2012 08:55AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 187 of 359
Customer at check-in desk: "I'd like to send this bag to New York, this one to Berlin, and this one to Nairobi." Clerk: "I'm sorry, sir, we can't do that." Customer: "Why not? You did last time!"
Jul 21, 2012 04:07AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 180 of 359
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: Because it was confused by the ambiguity between the proximate and distal meanings of the WH+ proform!
Jul 21, 2012 01:54AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 116 of 359
So humor, as Kant and Schopenhauer almost said, is essentially a conflict between committed beliefs in a just-in-time spreading activation network. But of course! It's funny that other people haven't had the same thought. Well, moderately funny.
Jul 19, 2012 12:00PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 82 of 359
"If insight is orgasm, then curiosity is lust". I'm surprised I haven't already seen this on a T-shirt.
Jul 18, 2012 02:17PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 61 of 359
Mephistopheles appears in front of the lawyer and offers him a deal. He'll get one billion dollars, a seat on the Supreme Court, and a major studio will make a biopic about him where he'll be played by Liam Neeson. In exchange, Mephistopheles wants the souls of the lawyer's wife and three children. The lawyer thinks and thinks, and in the end he says: "There's gotta be a catch, right?"
Jul 18, 2012 05:48AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 45 of 359
The suggestion that the underlying mechanisms of tickling and humor are similar or identical is known as the Darwin-Heckler hypothesis. (CUE LAUGHTER)
Jul 18, 2012 01:27AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 27 of 359
In some subjects, it is possible to create an artificial sensation of humor by electrical stimulation of the fusiform and parahippocampal gyri. Well, that's funny.
Jul 17, 2012 11:43AM
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