Stories tagged humor

I admit it; I've been known to waste more time than I care to admit on the Cheezburger Network's array of lowbrow but hilarious sites: I Can Haz Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, There I Fixed it, Autocowrecks... I've been especially delighted, though, with a newcomer to the family, Dropping the Science. It's not especially educational, and it doesn't deal with The Issues Of The Day, but I love its unapologetic "gee-whiz, science is awesome" attitude and gleefully dumb science jokes. You'll see some swears and a few crude double-entendres, so it's not for everyone--but if you're like me and have the sense of humor of a 6th-grader, it'll be right up your alley.

In this age of über-social networking via the internet and assorted technologies the folks at CollegeHumor.com have come up with a rather clever (and nicely-produced) spoof of the classic American musical "West Side Story". Inter-gang relations just ain't what they used to be.

May
10
2008

Is your village missing both idiots?
Is your village missing both idiots?Courtesy Chubby Bat
I don't know if these are even true, and I have no one to attribute them to other than my uncle who emailed them to me. But I thought they were worth posting.

CHILDREN'S SCIENCE EXAM ANSWERS

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large
pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon,
And nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old,so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (e.g., abdomen.)
A: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax, and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the Five bowels A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie

Q: What does 'varicose' mean?
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean Section.'
A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome .

Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?'
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight

Dec
30
2007

Rodney Dangerfield: The late, great comic's use of self-deprecating humor may have been a clever strategy to keep himself out of the breeding pool.
Rodney Dangerfield: The late, great comic's use of self-deprecating humor may have been a clever strategy to keep himself out of the breeding pool.Courtesy Mark Ryan
A British professor has come to the conclusion that humor may be linked to the male hormone testosterone.

Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, came up with the idea of riding his unicycle around town and tracking the various reactions he received from bystanders.

Men, it seems, mostly jeered and made jokes at his antics, while women made more encouraging comments.

“The difference between the men and women was absolutely remarkable and consistent," Professor Shuster said. He added that the most aggressive taunts came from young men.

During his yearlong study, Shuster rode his unicycle through the streets of Newcastle on Tyne, documenting some 400 reactions. The sight of a man on a unicycle was apparently something new to the region.

Three-quarters of the male comments seemed to come in the form of comic put-downs and snide remarks, and other aggressive behavior cloaked in comedy. On the other hand, reaction from adult women was almost entirely (95%) supportive.

The response from young pre-pubescent children - both boys and girls under 10 - was one of simple curiosity. From puberty to their late teens the girls showed indifference or at best minimal approval. But those boys who had just reached puberty were suddenly a bit more aggressive in their taunts, and even tried to physically knock Shuster off balance.

"At 11-13 years, the boys began to get really aggressive. Into puberty, the aggression became more marked, then it changed into a form of joke,” Shuster said.

The most aggressive of the lot were young men in cars who would roll down their windows and verbally abuse Shuster with belittling ‘jokes’. It could be they perceived Shuster’s unicycling as something that could potentially draw female attention away from them.

"This would be particularly challenging for young males entering the breeding market and thus it does not surprise me that their responses were the more threatening." Dr Nick Neave, a psychologist at the University of Northumbria.

But as men moved into adulthood, the aggression became cloaked in a more repetitive and sophisticated style of humor, which later seemed to fade away, resulting in the aging males becoming verbally more encouraging of Shuster’s cycling, just like their female counterparts. The professor thinks testosterone is at the bottom of it all.

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone but is present in females as well. The hormone is secreted primarily in the male testes and female ovaries and plays a role in the body’s overall well-being, immune system, energy, and of course the male sex drive. A small amount comes from the adrenal glands in both sexes, but on average an adult male produces eight to ten (one source said up to twenty) times more than an adult female. However, the amount ranges so widely for people that the high end of the female range can overlap with the low end of the male range. The relatively small amount generated by females is used to produce the female hormone estrogen.

Shuster said genetics could explain the differences in reactions across the sexes, but not the rise and fall of the male response. He concluded that testosterone had to be the source of the derived humor.

LINKS

Story on BBC.com
Testosterone and health
All about humor
Some Rodney Dangerfield jokes (move the spotlight to his face)

Jul
25
2007

We are not amused.: Photo by adpk from flickr.com
We are not amused.: Photo by adpk from flickr.com

More breaking news from the No Duh Department: New research shows that old people have no sense of humor.

Which explains why Ken doesn’t get JGordon’s posts.

Oh no he didn't!

And stay off my lawn.

I love that the Minnesota Microscopy Society's tagline is "Minnesota, Land of 10,000x". Har har.

Mar
08
2007

The US version of the comedy series, "The Office" featured a funny little nanotech reference on a recent episode.

The setup: The always ridiculous Dwight is trying to pick a health care plan and everyone is doing their best to sabotage their efforts with false medical claims....enter nanobots.

Nanotech is breaking its way into pop culture more and more every day. Its good to see someone lampooning the grey goo nano robots.

Want to make Einstein say whatever you like? Break the equation of the universe and make it look like his idea? Check out this great Dynamic Einstein picture robot.

Jan
25
2006

Girls Laughing: Photo by spanishgirl_in_oxford
Girls Laughing: Photo by spanishgirl_in_oxford

Researchers at the University of Maryland conducted an experiment to see what impact laughter has on the heart. The researchers showed clips from comedies and from dramas to 20 volunteers. They then compared measurements of blood flow before viewing the clips, and a minute after viewing the clips. After gathering 160 measurements of blood flow from the brachial artery the researchers found that when comparing the amused or stressful states brought on by film clips, more than 50 percent more blood flowed when laughing. They concluded that increased blood flow from laughter compared favorably to increased blood flow from light exercise or cholesterol lowering drugs. The researchers published their findings in the journal Heart. Gene referenced a similar study in his blog this past April.

Meanwhile, researchers at Westfield State College and McMaster University conducted two studies that examined the long held stereotype that guys like women who laugh at their jokes, and women like men they think are funny. In the first experiment 200 volunteers were given photos of persons of the opposite sex. The photos had either humorous or dull quotes beneath them. Women ranked photos with humorous quotes beneath the photos as better potential partners than those with dull quotes. The men's ranking of the women's photos was not influenced by the quotes underneath them.

In a second study, 130 volunteers were asked to imagine two people of the opposite sex - one who was funny themselves, and one who appreciated other people's humor. When asked which person they would choose for a relationship, women usually chose the imaginary funny guy, while men chose the women who appreciated their sense of humor. While the findings are from a relatively small sample from a limited area, there is some thought that the reason women prefer men they think are funny is because their humor is a sign that they have a healthy and active brain - and therefore have a better chance of having healthy offspring.

Personally, I don't know how much I buy into this - I don't picture our distant relatives pulling a Seinfield-like routine ("What's the deal with fire anyway?"), but I guess I could see them being good at physical comedy...but I am not sure that would be endearing. Perhaps this trait is just cultural or regional? What do you think? If you're interested in learning more about romance related science check out the Café Scientifique on Valentine's Day from 6-8pm at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown.

We've heard that laughter is the best medicine - and it looks like that's being found true for your heart - in more ways than one.