Jul
25
2007

Is that supposed to be funny?

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.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

Now, see, THAT was funny!

Here's the tricky bit, though. The article says,

"Researchers used a verbal joke test developed in 1983 and used in other humor studies. Mak added a new element, though, by showing participants cartoons from the Ferd'nand comic strip, and asking them to choose between four panels to locate the funny ending. Three of the choices for each cartoon were the wrong ones, created by an artist for the study.

"This wasn't a study about what people find funny. It was a study about whether they get what's supposed to be funny," Carpenter said.

I think it's a serious flaw to use the Ferd'nand strip. I get that they were asking people about what's supposed to be funny rather than what is funny, but seriously, sometimes it's hard to tell with that comic! And I've always thought that. Even before I got old. ;)

Also, obviously, I didn't see any of the researchers' statistical analysis, but young people doing 6% better on verbal jokes and 14% better on comics doesn't seem very significant when you're talking about a study population of only 80 people...

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 10:40am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

At least they didn't use Ziggy.

As for the study size, I seem to recall from Stats 101 that, if you have a homogenous population, you can extrapolate results from a sample as small as 30 with high reliability. I don't know the features of this sample was, but 80 is not necessarily too small.

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 9:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ha ha i guess

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 1:51pm

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