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Posted on 11/04/2008 1:19:31 AM PST by Hadean
While Americans choose their next president, let us consider a question more amenable to science: Which candidate's supporters have a better sense of humor? We began by asking nearly 300 people in Boston to rate the following three attempts at humor:
A) Jake is about to chip onto the green at his local golf course when a long funeral procession passes by. He stops in midswing, doffs his cap, closes his eyes and bows in prayer. His playing companion is deeply impressed. "That's the most thoughtful and touching thing I've ever seen," he says. Jake replies, "Yeah, well, we were married 35 years."
B) I think there should be something in science called the 'reindeer effect.' I don't know what it would be, but I think it'd be good to hear someone say, "Gentlemen, what we have here is a terrifying example of the reindeer effect."
C) If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone.
They expected conservatives to like traditional jokes... And because liberals had previously been reported to be more flexible and open to new ideas, the researchers expected them to get a bigger laugh out of unconventional humor, like Jack Handey's 'Deep Thoughts' about the reindeer effect and Hambone.
Indeed, the conservatives did rate the traditional golf and marriage jokes as significantly funnier than the liberals did. But they also gave higher ratings to the absurdist 'Deep Thoughts.' In fact, they enjoyed all kinds of humor more.
"I was surprised," said Dan Ariely, a psychologist at Duke University. "Conservatives are supposed to be more rigid and less sophisticated, but they liked even the more complex humor."
Do conservatives have more fun?
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Gee, better get back to your research, until it conforms to your expectations.
Conservatives are so-darn unsophiticated, I'm beginning to think Free Republic was created by someone else.
There has never been the slightest indication that the Obamessiah has any kind of a sense of humor. He is the dullest, most one-dimensional pol around. McCain and Palin have both shown flashes of wonderful humor. Biden has a sense of humor but since he is the biggest joke around he needs to learn to laugh at himself!
Why should it be surprising? Conservatives instinctively believe in human imperfection, and see absurdity everywhere. Leftists wish to scrub imperfection and absurdity out of existence. It’s hard to laugh at something you are trying to exterminate.
The rest of us are just pretending to be conservatives to fool nickcarraway into believing that conservatives are sophisticated and intelligent.
I haven’t seen any signs of humor in Obama. In fact, I barely see signs of life in him. He’s robotic and programmed. Most of the time he looks like he needs a good laxative.
Lefties are too thin-skinned to have much humor. They seem to like goofy, non-sensical stuff. But I guess that makes sense in a way. Anything based in logic would be beyond their ability to understand.
If liberals were smart enough to “get it”... they’d be conservatives.
If they can’t understand some humor why would they understand politics. This is why they get so angry at Ann Coulter’s sarcasm. They don’t realize it is humor.
I LOVED this article! It was clever and humorous. So, there, dim libtards!
IMO, it’s funny to see all these pinhead psychology professors observing conservatives as if we were natural vegatation.
I will be the first person in line at my precinct this morning. Now go log off and be the first person in line at your precinct!
Why do you think they majored in snap courses in the first place?? All it did was get them through Liberal Indoctrination on the way to the Master Of Basket Weaving degree.
I went thru school with a kid we had nicknamed “hambone”. I have no idea how he got that name.........
B and C are not only not funny, but also stupid. They don’t even qualify as jokes.
My 12 year old come up the other day and says,”Barack and Joe Biden are on a cruise ship. The ship sinks. Who is saved?”
If the researcher had ever bothered to follow FR, he would have known that conservatives are full of wit and humor. Instead, he gets his stereotypes from the Leftmedia.
Obama, Pelosi and Reid are riding a donkey. As Obama kicks the donkey on, it veers hard left and picks up speed. The donkey heads for a cliff and jumps right over. Who is saved?