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Scientist Claims Men Are Funnier Than Women
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-22-2007 | Nick Britten

Posted on 12/21/2007 7:25:57 PM PST by blam

Scientist claims men are funnier than women

By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 1:40am GMT 22/12/2007

Men are more naturally funny than women, according to a male scientist who says men make more jokes and the gags tend to be more aggressive.

As part of his research Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, rode a unicycle around Newcastle upon Tyne and judged the reaction of 400 onlookers.

Comedians Victoria Wood and Peter Kay

He said 75 per cent of male respondents made snide comments such as "Lost your wheel?" and jeered, while few women made cutting remarks and tended to make encouraging, praising comments.

Men were also more likely to comment and young men were the most aggressive, Prof Shuster told the British Medical Journal. The older the men were, the mellower were their comments.

Previous research has suggested women and men differ in how they use and appreciate humour, and it backs Prof Shuster's findings that suggest men are more likely to use humour aggressively by making others the butt of the joke.

Prof Shuster said he believed humour develops from aggression caused by male hormones. The simplest explanation, he said, is the effect of male hormones such as testosterone.

"The difference between the men and women was absolutely remarkable and consistent," said Prof Shuster.

"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. The men were snide."

He added that the initial aggressive intent seems to become channelled into a more subtle and sophisticated joke, so the aggression is hidden by wit.

Dr Nick Neave, a psychologist at the University of Northumbria who has studied the physical, behavioural and psychological effects of testosterone, said men might respond aggressively because they see the other unicycling man as a threat, attracting female attention away from themselves.

"This would be particularly challenging for young males entering the breeding market. It does not surprise me that their responses were the more threatening," he said.

The research was dismissed by one of the country's leading stand-up comics. John Moloney, who works on the club circuit, said: "In 21 years on the circuit I have never noticed men being funnier.

"I think the testosterone leads men to be more naturally aggressive but not necessarily funnier.

"The difference is that if a group of women were together and the conversation lulls, they don't automatically start telling jokes, which men do, and then it becomes a bit of a competition. But that doesn't mean to say they are funnier."

Two years ago, researchers at Stanford University claimed there was a gender divide in appreciating humour. Studies of brain patterns suggested women place a greater emphasis on the language, employing a more analytical approach and less on the punchline.


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KEYWORDS: comedy; funnier; gags; genderwars; jokes; nobrainer; scientist
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1 posted on 12/21/2007 7:25:59 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

A misleading headline.

Trying to be funny and actually being funny are two different things.


2 posted on 12/21/2007 7:29:15 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: blam

I think this “male scientist” is playing a joke on the people who are paying his salary.


3 posted on 12/21/2007 7:29:15 PM PST by DManA
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To: blam

Who’s to say aggressive humour is funnier humour?
Oh.
Men.
Brit men.
With underwear on their heads, no doubt.


4 posted on 12/21/2007 7:29:45 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: blam

Have you heard about corduroy pillows?

They’re making headlines all over!


5 posted on 12/21/2007 7:30:42 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Although most dead people vote democrat, aborted babies, if given the choice, would vote Republican.)
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To: blam

Nothin’ new, really: Women nurture, men prod. It makes for a working team.


6 posted on 12/21/2007 7:30:59 PM PST by bannie
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To: ValerieTexas
When they're not wearing woman's dresses. (Did I make a funny?)
7 posted on 12/21/2007 7:31:05 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: blam

While I don’t know about entire genders, I would have to say that I have never met a woman as funny as I am. Or as modest. Or handsome.


8 posted on 12/21/2007 7:33:46 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: blam

This is a serious finding!


9 posted on 12/21/2007 7:34:29 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: blam
according to a male scientist

Nuff said …

10 posted on 12/21/2007 7:34:37 PM PST by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: CaptainK

HA!
Benny Hill lives on!!


11 posted on 12/21/2007 7:35:35 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: blam

Next, a scientist is going to discover that Jews are funnier than gentiles!


12 posted on 12/21/2007 7:35:42 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
A pessimist’s blood type is always B-negative.
A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.
Banning the bra was a big flop.
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Energizer Bunny arrested - charged with battery.
I fired my masseuse today. She rubbed me the wrong way.
I used to be a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.
I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.
If electricity comes from electrons... does morality come from morons?
Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.
My wife really likes to make pottery, but to me it’s just kiln time.
Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red.
Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.
Shotgun wedding - a case of wife or death.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.
Without geometry, life is pointless.


13 posted on 12/21/2007 7:35:47 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: bannie
Nothin’ new, really: Women nurture, men prod. It makes for a working team.

A very astute and impressive observation.

14 posted on 12/21/2007 7:36:59 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: blam

I’m stealing those.


15 posted on 12/21/2007 7:37:21 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: ValerieTexas
Witty women are attractive (such as yourself). It is odd that “funny” women seem to be dykish or confirmed lesbians. Rosie O, Ellen D, Elaine Boosler, etc...
16 posted on 12/21/2007 7:37:45 PM PST by OCC
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To: ValerieTexas

come on....don’t get defensive. If you really think that wimmins are funnier than mens then....oh nevermind. You can’t be serious.

come on val....men are programmed to perform. we have to earn our right at the mating table. you guys get to sit back and just pick amongst us.


17 posted on 12/21/2007 7:39:37 PM PST by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: blam

Guy could be in more trouble than a cartoonist doing sketches of mohammed.


18 posted on 12/21/2007 7:39:44 PM PST by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: doc1019

LOL
I thought the same thing... :)


19 posted on 12/21/2007 7:40:01 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: blam

He’s probably a fag!


20 posted on 12/21/2007 7:41:30 PM PST by bray (Let's Bring Christ Back to Christmas)
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To: blam

Why did the Turtle cross the road,,??,,,this is only a test..


21 posted on 12/21/2007 7:44:03 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: ValerieTexas
"I’m stealing those."

Okay, ValerieUSA.

22 posted on 12/21/2007 7:46:10 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: ValerieTexas

LOL!

But, honestly, there weren’t any women in Monty Python, were there?


23 posted on 12/21/2007 7:46:31 PM PST by Rocky
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To: silentreignofheroes
"Why did the Turtle cross the road,,??"

To show the armadillo that it could be done.

24 posted on 12/21/2007 7:47:18 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
The best of the best commedians are all men.


25 posted on 12/21/2007 7:48:30 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: blam
Women don't think f@rts are funny.

'Nuff said.

26 posted on 12/21/2007 7:49:11 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: blam
Scientist Claims Men Are Funnier Than Women

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BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhaha......

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27 posted on 12/21/2007 7:51:30 PM PST by R_Kangel (`)
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To: blam

That’s good,,,(better than mine really),,but you get the buzzer,,


28 posted on 12/21/2007 7:54:21 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: blam

I’ve been making pretty girls laugh since I was 8 years old. I don’t intend to give that up irrespective of the research.


29 posted on 12/21/2007 7:56:00 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: Larry Lucido

30 posted on 12/21/2007 7:56:46 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

LOL!


31 posted on 12/21/2007 7:57:52 PM PST by bannie
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To: blam

Not surprising.

Ever had your mother say “Hey pull my finger”?


32 posted on 12/21/2007 7:58:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: blam
Ministry of Silly Walks

The Ministry of Silly Walks is a boys club.

33 posted on 12/21/2007 7:59:37 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: bannie; devolve

Good comment bannie!


34 posted on 12/21/2007 8:00:15 PM PST by potlatch ("Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!")
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To: potlatch

35 posted on 12/21/2007 8:03:43 PM PST by bannie
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To: CaptainK

I kept looking for the funny but all I could find was snide.

Oh, well - I could have told him men and women find different things funny to begin with.


36 posted on 12/21/2007 8:06:21 PM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: ValerieTexas

Men are funnier to me because I take women seriously.


37 posted on 12/21/2007 8:09:19 PM PST by Rudder
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To: domenad
I love me
I live me so
I took me to a picture show.
I put my arm around my waist
I got so fresh I slapped my face.
38 posted on 12/21/2007 8:11:23 PM PST by DManA
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To: blam
I dunno. Sarah Silverman told the funniest joke I've heard in years.

"I got raped by a doctor."

Which, for a Jewish girl, is bittersweet."

well, you had to be there...

39 posted on 12/21/2007 8:13:27 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: bannie

“Women nurture, men prod.”

Revise that a bit:

“Women nag, men prod.”

There ya go.


40 posted on 12/21/2007 8:14:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: Secret Agent Man
Was your mother really that bad, Secret?


41 posted on 12/21/2007 8:16:13 PM PST by bannie
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To: PeteB570

Humor is to men what beauty is to women. A ticket to instant attention from the opposite sex.

In general, women don’t want to date a man who is more attractive than they are and men don’t want to date a women who is funnier.

To many men the definition of a woman with a sense of humor is a woman who finds him funny.


42 posted on 12/21/2007 8:19:23 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: blam
Maybe so, but did they say the funny kind of funny or the funny kind of funny?
43 posted on 12/21/2007 8:23:08 PM PST by Picklezz ( (HUNTER: SOLID! Tops on: Illegals, Trade, DPRK, Iran/Iraq, Economy, WOT, PRC, Budget, PROLife))
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To: CaptainK

So you’re saying that Lucille Ball wasn’t loved by Ricky?
Or Carole Burnett’s hubby doesn’t find her attractive?
Or Jill Connor-Browne isn’t found super sexy, funny and lovable by her much younger and cute as heck husband?

Golly,
if I had to choose between humor and having a man....
I’d think I’d choose humor....
Granted, with a man around there might be more to laugh about ;)


44 posted on 12/21/2007 8:23:51 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: blam

OK,,,to get to the Shell Station,,my wife tells it better..


45 posted on 12/21/2007 8:25:08 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: blam
That's all folks!
Click the Pic J

46 posted on 12/21/2007 8:25:33 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Secret Agent Man
hmmmm
*humor meter* not responding
NOT FUNNY not even amusing

Sure you're not secret agent woman?

47 posted on 12/21/2007 8:26:25 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: blam

I thought Hillary’s cackle shred that idea to smithereens.


48 posted on 12/21/2007 8:26:31 PM PST by KStorm (Today's liberal is tomorrow's fascist. Well, okay--today's fascist.)
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To: ValerieTexas

So does Benny Hinn and that man ain’t funny one bit.


49 posted on 12/21/2007 8:26:41 PM PST by Picklezz ( (HUNTER: SOLID! Tops on: Illegals, Trade, DPRK, Iran/Iraq, Economy, WOT, PRC, Budget, PROLife))
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To: blam

Lauren Caitlin Upton, - Miss South Carolina:

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because,
uhmmm, some people( I swear she said Osama),
out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh, I believe that our,
I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq,
everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh,
our education over here in the US should help the U.S., uh,
should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq
and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”


50 posted on 12/21/2007 8:30:21 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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