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  • Turkish Deputy PM: Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public

    08/03/2014 12:17:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Tue, July 29, 2014
    The Deputy PM of Turkey Bülent Arınç said today that women should refrain from laughing in public, because it’s immodest. In response to Arınç’s remarks, hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on social media platforms. […] Arınç chided Turkish women saying, “Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he said. This is not the first time that a member of PM Erdogan’s AK Party espoused misogynist views in public. …
  • I Started a Joke

    07/05/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UCSC humor study literally pulls legs and yanks chains to measure brain’s responses The physical act of pulling someone’s leg can make you a funnier person. At least for a short period of time following the act, says Patrawat Samermit, a Ph.D student of cognitive psychology at UCSC. The same is true for yanking someone’s chain. Samermit, who has ambitions to be the next Margaret Cho, is not pulling our leg (although she’d clearly like to). Her recent humor cognition study used mannequins to find out how enacting embodied metaphors of humor may affect humor production. After the yanking and...
  • Professors Look at Laughter in MIRTH Study

    12/24/2013 6:35:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 23, 2013 | Roff Smith
    This may be the season to be jolly, but now it seems that even laughter can have its share of harmful side effects, even deadly ones, according to a report in the Christmas edition of BMJ. "It turns out that what is called the best medicine occasionally does us harm," says co-author Robin Ferner, a clinical pharmacologist at the University of Birmingham, U.K. "Most of the time it makes people happy, but every now and again it kills them."
  • Obama's Laughter

    12/13/2012 5:58:25 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 34 replies
    English Pravda ^ | 10-12-12 | Xavier Lerma
    The last nail on America's coffin has been hammered while Obama and his comrades smirk over its grave....
  • Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

    11/30/2012 8:16:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yahoo Health/Healthline ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    Need a good laugh? Here’s one to tickle your funnybone: giggling keeps your heart stronger, might lower your blood sugar levels and even enhances your friendships. Researchers studying the health benefits of laughter agree: unlike stress and worry, laughing doesn’t hurt us, physically or emotionally—and it may very well cure what ails us. Nor does it take long for our systems to respond to something funny. Less than half a second, in fact, is all the time our brains need to see or hear a joke, “get” it, and tell our bodies that it’s time to smile or laugh. Laughter...
  • Oops: White House Corrects Job Creation “Laughter” Line in Transcript

    06/21/2011 9:21:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    FOX News Network, LLC. ^ | June 21, 2011 | Kimberly Schwandt
    Most of the time the lines "Laughter" and "Applause" in a press release of a transcript don't normally garner any attention - except when President Obama is talking about jobs and the two words were interchanged. At a fundraising event Monday night, Obama said, according to the White House's official release sent a couple hours later, this line that was noted to be apparently funny to the crowd: "Over the last 15 months we've created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter), " the release stated. In fairness, without being there, it's hard to know if the audience would have...
  • White House Doctors Own Web Site to Change the word "Laughter" to the word "Applause"

    06/21/2011 4:39:15 PM PDT · by library user · 52 replies · 1+ views
    June 21, 2011
    The original WH transcript found at whitehouse.gov (I grabbed a cached version from yahoo.com; see my red brackets below) says the DNC participants LAUGHED after Obama said "we've created 2.1 million new private sector jobs in the past 15 months. Now, whitehouse.gov has changed the word "laughter" to "applause." Original version (yahoo cache):http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Fthe-press-office%2F2011%2F06%2F20%2Fremarks-president-dnc-event-0&fr=yfp-t-701&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=http%3a%2f%2fwww.whitehouse.gov%2fthe-press-office%2f2011%2f06%2f20%2fremarks-president-dnc-event-0&d=207206940761&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=3f176b25,cd268517&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=YwoTaKsztkXVtdKV0ajhPQ-- Changed "doctored" version:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/20/remarks-president-dnc-event-0
  • Michelle Obama: Laughter is good for marriage

    02/13/2011 5:07:11 AM PST · by arderkrag · 49 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2011 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON – Here's Michelle Obama's advice for couples this Valentine's Day: laugh with your partner. She says it's what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions — for the Illinois Senate, the U.S. Senate and later president — is going on 19 years. "I think a lot of laughing," the first lady said at a White House luncheon with reporters who asked about the Obamas' union. "I think in our house we don't take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of...
  • Laugh like a baby

    02/07/2011 10:40:01 AM PST · by WriteStuff · 18 replies
    Point Man ^ | 02/07/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    Isn’t it ironic that as children we’re in such a hurry to grow up, then when we get there and realize it that we sometimes wish we could go back? At what point in human development do we stop giggling and looking at the world around us with such awe and wonder? What is it about the aging process that makes us so serious?
  • Montana woman fends off bear attack with zucchini

    09/23/2010 6:00:03 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09-23-2010 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, Mont. – A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden. The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.
  • Comedians Visit, Bring Laughter to Troops

    08/11/2009 4:43:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Christopher Kozloski
    Ron Morey gets into character for part of his routine during a comedy show put on by Steve Kennedy's Comics Ready to Entertain at the Combined Activities Center on Forward Operating Base Marez, Aug. 8. Photo by Christopher Kozloski, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. MOSUL — The Combined Activities Center on Forward Operating Base Marez turned into a comedy house when comedians brought the laughs to U.S. Soldiers here, Aug. 8. Scott Kennedy, founder of Scott Kennedy's Comics Ready to Entertain, brought Doug Warren, from the Bob and Tom comedy show, and Ron Morey, from the "Late, Late Show," with him...
  • Memo to Obama: Laughter no substitute to leadership

    03/23/2009 7:57:20 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 19 replies · 1,615+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 23, 2009 | John David Powell
    President Barack Obama’s performance on “The Tonight Show” last week prompted various friends and colleagues to discuss the question of leadership. No one came up with a definition suitable for nailing to the wall or turning into a message to scroll across the computer screen. I suggested it may be one of those things we know when we don’t see it. Kinda the reverse of former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s description of hard-core pornography. He knew it when he saw it. And that’s the curious, if not tortured, parallel between lack of leadership and porn: with both, someone’s gonna...
  • Laughter as a Science: Eight Ways To Our Funny Bone

    03/22/2009 3:18:06 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 628+ views
    chattahbox.com/science ^ | March 21, 2009
    British evolutionary theorist Alastair Clarke, recently published another groundbreaking explanation of the science behind humor. Clarke suggests all humor is universal and based on just eight patterns, which our brains process and recognize instantly as humorous. In a nutshell, Clarke believes humor occurs when our brains recognize surprise, and the reward is a good chuckle. Clarke theorizes, our abilities to recognize and process patterns helped us evolve from primitive man to the more advanced, problem-solving species we are today. Clarke’s eight patterns all are based on surprise recognition and range from simplistic to the more intuitive. Perhaps lowbrow humor evolves...
  • Laughing at Obama

    11/11/2008 9:45:54 AM PST · by BGHater · 56 replies · 274+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 Nov 2008 | John O'Farrell
    The George Bush presidency has been rich pickings for those in one line of work - comedy. But with Barack Obama's election win steeped in historical significance, is America's new leader beyond comic reproach? When I wrote for Spitting Image and a new politician came on the scene, the news crews would always turn up to see the puppet being made and maybe interview us about how we were going to portray him. "Er, well, this John Major bloke seems like he's really boring, so we might have him sitting next to Edwina Currie and maybe, totally failing to respond...
  • Man Who Fell Off Couch Laughing at TV Show Ends Up Pepper Sprayed, Arrested

    06/12/2008 3:21:58 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 30 replies · 766+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2008 | Staff
    A British man who was so amused with BBC1’s "Have I Got News for You" that he fell off his couch in a fit of laughter was not so happy when it got him arrested and pepper sprayed. Christopher Cocker, 36, collapsed on the floor after laughing at a joke on TV, but his neighbor who heard the thud thought something bad had happened and called the police, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. According to police, Cocker initially was cooperative but quickly became "aggressive" when asked his name and personal information. Cocker tried to shut his door on the...
  • Hymn Singing Bullfrog

    03/13/2008 5:26:17 AM PDT · by Revski · 1 replies · 230+ views
    In this animated Bullfrog video you can here the sound of a bullfrog and hear the frog sing, I’d Rather Have Jesus, gospel hymn. Revski
  • America Supports You: Group Packs Laughter in Care Packages

    02/19/2008 3:56:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 68+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2008 – If laughter is the best medicine, deployed troops are getting huge doses when they open care packages full of red clown noses. “The mission of The Red Nose Institute is to share the art of clowning, spread joy and laughter to our military, and perhaps boost their morale by the distribution of red foam noses,” said Cheryl Herrington, the institute’s president and a professional clown known as “Sweet Pea.” Clowning is a sideline for Herrington, who works as a psychiatric nurse and knows the value of a simple smile. She grew up as an...
  • Why Your Health is a Laughing Matter

    12/03/2007 9:04:43 PM PST · by lanne1 · 102+ views
    Go ahead and tell your mother she was wrong. Your health is a laughing matter. http://www.healthmad.com/Alternative/Why-Your-Health-is-a-Laughing-Matter.55379
  • Heather Mills' latest bizarre rant:'Why don't we drink milk from rats and dogs?'

    11/24/2007 12:40:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies · 401+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | November 19, 2007
    During another typically bizarre day for Heather Mills, the former model yesterday urged people to try drinking milk from rats and dogs to help save the planet. Media-shy Heather started off by storming out of a radio interview with London's LBC station. She then drove a gas-guzzling Mercedes 4x4 to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park to speak about ecological matters - and kept the engine running for part of the morning. Once there she proceeded to launch into an extraordinary ecological rant and exhorted the assembled crowds to try drinking rat's milk instead of cow's milk in a bid to...
  • America Supports You: Laughter Proves Best Medicine at Benefit Event

    11/08/2007 3:33:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 62+ views
    America Supports You ^ | John J. Kruzel
    NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2007 – Laughter and song can be indispensible weapons for wounded servicemembers undergoing painful convalescence, as hope and anguish battle for primacy. Last night, A-listers such as comedians Conan O’Brien and Robin Williams and musician Bruce Springsteen helped some move closer to recovery. Marine Sgt. James Bane, Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Hurst, comedian Robin Williams and Marine Lance Cpl. James Scott MacKenzie pose for photos Nov. 7, 2007, before "Stand Up for Heroes," a comedy and music event in New York City arranged by the Bob Woodruff Family Fund to raise money for servicemembers injured...
  • Sounds of Laughter and Song at Walter Reed

    10/17/2007 6:01:28 AM PDT · by Sensei Ern · 20 replies · 101+ views
    Sensei Ern's Blog ^ | 10/17/2007 | Sensei Ern
    This was our fifth show since starting a year ago. I think one every three months is about right. I counted 50 heads in the middle of the show. Not bad for one where I had so many obstacles. Obstacles: 1. Thursday, I wiped out on my bike, injuring my leg, keeping me bed-ridden for two days. 2. Being bed-ridden means that my bike-ridden was in hiatus. I was not able to get to Walter Reed Friday nor Saturday to promote the show, getting soldiers excited. 3. Prayer is needed for Jimmy Meritt, http://www.myspace.com/jimmymeritt, and his wife, http://www.myspace.com/lesliecooley, and her...
  • From laughter to intensity

    09/13/2007 10:02:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 120+ views
    Cpl. James Dyke of Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division hands out toys to the many children who live at this house in Kahn Bani Sa'ad, Iraq, Aug. 29. Passing out toys and keeping good public relations with the people of the city builds trust between Soldiers and citizens, and helps Soldiers in gathering information on insurgent activity in the area. Photo by Spc. John Crosby, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. KHAN BANI SA’AD — The Iraqi children were full of smiles as they competed for the attention...
  • Falahat Returning to Normal as Children's Laughter Fills Air

    07/09/2007 5:51:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 380+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
    FALAHAT, Iraq, July 9, 2007 — The sounds of laughing girls and boys could be heard as soldiers from Troop D, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment brought the children here for a day of fun, through painting, as well as other activities, July 7, 2007. "I feel really good about it, because you can actually see the results. Before it didn’t feel like anything was happening and there was no proof that anything would ever change." Spc. Matthew Dixon The soldiers handed out paint brushes and paint and watched as the children painted pictures and their names on concrete...
  • Best. Laugh. Ever.

    05/19/2007 12:38:14 PM PDT · by Chasaway · 12 replies · 825+ views
    Don't know, but I might have laughed at this more than any other one thing in the last year. Don't tap out early on it... It's worth the watch. Laughter Here
  • Tour Brings Laughter to the Troops

    02/15/2007 4:52:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 347+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. KaRonda Fleming
    Tour Brings Laughter to the Troops Comedians get look at life in Iraq as they show support for soldiers. By Sgt. KaRonda Fleming 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) LSA ANACONDA, Iraq, Feb. 15, 2007 -- Servicemembers and civilians laughed hysterically during the United Services Organization and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center's "Laugh It Up With Comedians" tour, held in the Sustainer Theater here, Feb. 11. Actor and comedian David Allen Grier, joined by fellow comedians Kevin Avery and Kristopher Tinkle each performed 30 minutes of stand-up comedy. Many of their jokes illustrated everyday situations like dating, college, and marriage....
  • Something to make you smile.

    12/02/2006 2:06:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 673+ views
    You can't read this and stay in a bad mood! 1. How Do You Catch a Unique rabbit?Unique Up On it. 2. How Do You Catch a Tame rabbit?Tame way. 3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The forest?They Take The Psycho path. 4. How Do You Get Holy water?You Boil The Hell Out Of it. 5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete wall?Dam! 6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too long? Polaroid's. 7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?A stick. 8.. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't yours?Nacho...
  • One President Bush, Two President Bush

    06/11/2006 12:02:06 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 169+ views
    ZhongHuaRising ^ | June 11, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    When I showed this to my wife last night, she said this would NEVER happen in China. Chinese politicians just would never allow themselves to be made the subject of laughter. But, don't we all need to be able to laugh at ourselves sometimes? I find this striking difference between our two cultures and the leaders of our two countries. It begs the question - what is worse or better than one President Bush? Here are 2 President Bushes. What do you think about being able to laugh at yourself and more importantly, your leaders having a sense of humor?...
  • Humor in 60 seconds

    05/15/2006 11:18:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Xanax · 12 replies · 454+ views
    15 May 2006 | Dr. Xanax
    What is the purpose of Humor or Laughter ? It is very difficult to define humour or how it functions. First of all you need wit (cognitive experience) for good humour, then amusement/irony (emotional experience) and laughter (physiological experience). Laughter is often linked to humor, however, you will find that nervousness, tickling etc. does not have much to do with humor. The opposite holds also true where you have an instance of Humor without laughter. This may be because of social context or just the mood the “receiver” can be in. An example of such an instance can be when...
  • ~The Dragon Flies' Lair~Poetry Thread XXV~

    03/07/2006 9:06:41 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 1,016 replies · 7,391+ views
    The Seven Muses | March 8, 2006 | bentfeather/Poets of the Lair
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Mayor Nagin ‘Disgusted’ by 2nd Katrina Video

    03/02/2006 2:37:08 PM PST · by NYTexan · 49 replies · 1,932+ views
    scrappleface.com ^ | 2006-03-02 | Scott Ott
    Just hours after the Associated Press (AP) ‘shocked‘ New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin yesterday by showing him video of a FEMA briefing during Hurricane Katrina in which government officials speculate about the impact of the expected Category 5 storm, the AP has shown the mayor a second “alarming and disgusting” video. The first video shows President George Bush, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff and then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, among others, dealing with how to respond to the developing disaster, and what to make of inconsistent reports from New Orleans about the condition of the Lake Pontchatrain levees. The second video,...
  • One Million Turn Out To See Rolling Stones Bash Bush In Rio

    02/20/2006 11:14:38 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 158 replies · 3,254+ views
    National Ledger ^ | 2-20-06 | Political Satirist Chris Davis -Commentary
    COMMENTARY One Million Turn Out to See Rolling Stones Bash Bush in Rio By Political Satirist Chris Davis Feb 20, 2006 Rio de Janeiro—The Rolling Stones, a geriatric rock group, left a million fans satisfied and spent on Copacabana Beach after Saturday's free performance to bash President George W. Bush while playing some rock 'n roll. Boats, including a huge ocean liner, crowded the shoreline, and helicopters and blimps circled overhead during the show that shut down the Copacabana Beach district.  Large monitors flashed the peace symbol while others flashed, "War is not my voice.  Don't invade the world, Bush!"...
  • A Psalm of laughter

    02/10/2006 5:44:46 PM PST · by DallasMike · 151+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | February 10, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Thank you, O Lord, for the gifts of laughter and joy. Thank you for your Spirit which rains down upon us and anoints us with the oil of your holiness. Sorrows come and sorrows go but your joy endures forever. Mere happiness gained from earthly things is fleeting and disappears like the morning dew in the hot sun of the desert. It is not dependable and it is not to be trusted. But surely God will give us joy in this life according to his promises, and that joy will last throughout eternity.Lord, when your Spirit brings us laughter, it is true laughter indeed. It is a side-splitting...
  • Where's Osama, Zawahiri?

    01/09/2006 8:09:30 AM PST · by Parody · 5 replies · 702+ views
    Amiright.com ^ | 01/07/2006 | Sarcastic Paranoid
    "Who's Your Daddy?" Based on the performance by Toby Keith"Where's Osama?" Parody by Sarcastic Paranoid Have you noticed that Zawahiri does all the talking for al-Qaeda these days and Osama hasn't said anything since 2004? Logically, given these two facts as premises, what is the most valid and highly probable conclusion we can draw? Oh, there you are, you whore Zawahiri,On al-Jazeera spewing lies.You celebrate with Moore and Sheehan when a soldier dies. Yeah, you've lost your mind, look like crap, now you're squirming in our trapAnd al-Qaeda's in a bind,What happened to that dork Osama? Was he cramping your...
  • REMARKS BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE DINNER (laughter & applause)

    10/25/2005 6:00:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1,399+ views
    White House .gov ^ | 10/25/05 | W
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary October 25, 2005 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE DINNER Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington, D.C. 6:55 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thanks for coming. Please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome. Mehlman didn't get the dress code. (Laughter.) And neither did I. (Laughter.) Thanks for having me. I'm proud to be here on the 30th birthday of the Eagles. For three decades, Eagles have given great parties, but more importantly, they've supported our party. And I'm grateful. I want to thank you for all your help...
  • Cost-Benefit Terror On Bali

    10/04/2005 6:31:24 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 416+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Oct. 4, 2005 | Editorial
    Terror: As Indonesians clean up after another terror strike, there's plenty of hand-wringing about why it doesn't stop. For terrorists, though, there's little mystery: Indonesia's courts are making terrorism cheap. Saturday's bombings at three crowded tourist restaurants on Bali were the fourth major strike against Indonesia in as many years. With 22 dead and 101 injured, there's no doubt this was an effort to drive out visitors. Tourism amounts to a quarter of Indonesia's hard-currency earnings. Scaring tourists away is an act of economic warfare. But Indonesia's legal system doesn't seem to take terrorism seriously as a national threat. Through...
  • ~The Dragon Flies' Lair~Thread~XXII

    08/28/2005 2:26:23 AM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 1,028 replies · 6,160+ views
    August 28, 2005 | bentfeather/The Poets of the Lair
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • FReeper Canteen~Weekend In Washington, DC~August 25, 2005

    08/24/2005 7:09:50 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 855 replies · 4,055+ views
    August 24, 2005 | bentfeather Canteen Crew
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces. Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces today! Good morning TROOPS! A certain bird person went missing for a few days. Here are some clues to her where abouts. 1) I hold the seat of power in my land. 2) The President of the United States has residence here. 3) It's not a State, but a District. 4) I saw the Viet Nam Wall and other monuments. 5) Poets gather there for Conventions! 6) Where was the Convention...
  • VANITY--The chili contest: (Warning--extremely funny!)

    08/18/2005 11:21:44 AM PDT · by meandog · 99 replies · 8,212+ views
    e-mailed story | 8-17-05
    Warning - If you can read this whole story without laughing out loud, then you need to develop a sense of humor. Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better. For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is. They actually have a chili cook-off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio city park. The notes are from an inexperienced chili taster named...
  • FReeper Canteen~House Hunting With Darkwing104~07.07.05~

    07/06/2005 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 653 replies · 7,195+ views
    July 6, 2005 | bentfeather/The Canteen Crew
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces. House hunting with Darkwing104Poor Darkwing104, He Ain't Got No HomeSoooo...today we help Darkwing find a home! ~Frogman Henry~I ain't Got No Home~ ~Leon Redbone ~Crazy Cajun Cake Walk Band~ Here's one he said he looked at. And another he has looked at. Mrs. Darkwing didn't care for this one. A little fixer upper may be nice. Oooo great potential here Darkwing! Located on a Freeway. High and dry, self contained unit! Think Mrs.Darkwing will like this style? ~Leon Redbone~Alabama Jubilee~ Beachfront property,...
  • The Dragon Flies' Lair~Thread XXI~

    06/25/2005 9:22:33 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 1,149 replies · 7,579+ views
    June 26, 2005 | bentfeather/Poets of the Lair
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Scientists find that laughter may help shed extra weight

    06/04/2005 8:48:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 316+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 4, 2005
    Dieters looking for another edge might want to consider exercising their sense of humour - scientists have found that a good laugh is a calorie burner not to be ignored. It may not be as good for reducing the waistline as going to the gym or resisting that ice-cream sundae, but American researchers have found that 10-15 minutes of genuine giggling can burn off the number of calories found in a medium square of chocolate. The findings on the weight-loss possibilities of the uniquely human experience of laughter were presented at the close of the annual European Congress on Obesity...
  • FReeper Canteen~Themeless Thursday~Fun~Laughter~June 2, 2005

    06/01/2005 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Soaring Feather · 1,043 replies · 6,374+ views
    June 1, 2005 | bentfeather/Canteen Crew
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Good morning, evening TROOPS!Themeless Thursday ReturnsSome silliness, some tunes, some jokes some laughter. Our purpose, of course, is to support you, OUR TROOPS! ~Click on funny boy ~Herb Alpert~Bittersweet Samba Today is just a fun day. We need to kick back and have some good, long, loud, belly laughs. If you have a funny joke or graphic, please feel free to share with the Canteen Crew and our Troops. TROOPS Thank You for your service to our nation. ~Click on Old Sarge!...
  • For Asthmatics, Laughter Is No Laughing Matter

    05/27/2005 2:42:14 PM PDT · by fortunecookie · 13 replies · 393+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 27, 1:08 PM ET | By Alison McCook
    For asthmatics, laughter is no laughing matter Fri May 27, 2005 1:08 PM ET By Alison McCook NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of people with asthma have symptoms that are triggered by laughter, according to new study findings presented this week. Laughter is "one more trigger in a long list of triggers" for asthma, study author Dr. Stuart Garay of the New York University Medical Center in New York told Reuters Health. However, among people with symptoms brought on by laughter, nearly half said they could laugh attack-free when their asthma was under better control. To Garay,...
  • ~The Dragon Flies' Lair~Thread XIX~

    03/24/2005 8:35:29 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 1,092 replies · 7,650+ views
    March 24, 2005 | ~bentfeather ~ Poets of The Lair~
    My Dragon Fly and Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in...
  • Laughter may be good for the heart, study finds (laugh and avoid stress for healty blood vessels)

    03/07/2005 7:27:26 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 505+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 7, 2005 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - A daily dose of laughter may be good for the heart because, like exercise, it makes blood vessels work more efficiently, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Depression, on the other hand, can raise the risk of dying from heart failure, a separate study found. The two studies, presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Orlando, Florida, show how psychological factors can affect a person's health. "We don't recommend that you laugh and not exercise, but we do recommend that you try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise...
  • Howard Dean Gets Away With Racism

    03/01/2005 2:45:32 PM PST · by forty_years · 7 replies · 865+ views
    Members of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Black Caucus have become seemingly desensitized to racial slurs. The Caucus did not even blink when the extreme Left’s new champion, Howard Dean, made prejudiced statements right before their very eyes. From Dean’s comments, it seems he believes that a Black person’s place is to be cleaning toilets at a hotel in which whites stay. According to the Washington Times, On Feb. 11, the day before he was elected party chief, Mr. Dean asked, at a meeting of the DNC Black Caucus, "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people...
  • Thai tsunami trauma sparks rash of foreign ghost sightings

    01/13/2005 6:58:53 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 1,337+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | Jan. 13, 2005 | Staff
    PATONG, Thailand (AFP) - A second surge of tsunami terror is hitting southern Thailand, but this time it is a wave of foreign ghosts terrifying locals in what health experts described as an outpouring of delayed mass trauma. AFP Photo AP Photo Slideshow: Asian Tsunami Disaster Tales of ghost sightings in the six worst hit southern provinces have become endemic, with many locals saying they are too terrified to venture near the beach or into the ocean. Spooked volunteer body searchers on the resort areas of Phi Phi island and Khao Lak are reported to have looked for tourists heard...
  • Latest Hybrid Yoga Encourages Giggling Toward a Higher Plane

    10/12/2004 6:12:29 AM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 446+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 12, 2004 | JENNIFER SARANOW
    ...Now, another yoga hybrid -- "laughter yoga" -- is gaining enthusiasts in the U.S. Mixing the breathing techniques of traditional yoga with mild stretching and fake laughing exercises, laughter yoga is meant to precipitate real giggles. Proponents say it can help reduce stress and produce other health benefits, such as alleviating asthma. Research surrounding laughter and health is in its infancy, but there are suggestions that laughter appears to boost components of the immune system, increase pain tolerance and reduce detrimental stress hormones, which may help lessen the risk of heart attacks. Instructors say laughter yoga provides all of those...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Cantwell's jobless bill fails by 1 vote

    05/13/2004 7:52:26 PM PDT · by musical_airman · 17 replies · 254+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | May 12th, 2004 | Les Blumenthal
    Cantwell's jobless bill fails by 1 vote This story was published Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 By Les Blumenthal Herald Washington, D.C., bureau WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday rejected by a single vote Sen. Maria Cantwell's amendment to provide extended federal unemployment benefits to 47,000 Washington workers and more than 1 million others nationwide. The vote came as the chamber moved toward passage of a $170 billion corporate tax bill that would benefit Boeing, Microsoft and other U.S. exporters and help defuse a mounting trade dispute with the European Union. Cantwell, D-Wash., sought to attach her amendment to the tax...