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  • Saturday Snickers

    07/15/2017 5:51:54 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    email friends | 7/15/2017 | unknown
    A good old Alabama boy won a bass boat in a raffle drawing. He brought it home and his wife looks at him and says, "What you gonna do with that. There ain't no water deep enough to float a boat within 100 miles of here." He says, "I won it and I'm a-gonna keep it." His brother came over to visit several days later. He sees the wife and asks where his brother is. She says, "He's out there in his bass boat", pointing to the field behind the house. The brother heads out behind the house and sees...
  • Take a break with Red Skelton and Johnny Carson

    12/03/2016 10:55:24 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 30 replies ^ | 12/3/2016 | self
  • Science confirms: Laughter really is the best medicine

    08/04/2016 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/16 | Herman Cain
    Do the joyless PC police want to be enemies of science? I suppose the last thing we need is for someone to take laughter and make it all serious, but I want you to know what a lot of serious scholars are starting to recognize: Laughing is good for you. It makes you healthier, more relaxed and less tense. It relieves stress. It even boosts your immune system! So if you’ve ever wondered why that joyless sourpuss you know is sick all the time, here you go.
  • We Need More "Ed Sullivan" and Less "The View" and "The Five" - Ditch the Inane Chit-Chat

    02/27/2016 11:35:38 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    February 28, 2016 | Vanity
    Mercy! Roy Orbison on Ed Sullivan - Pretty Woman The Beatles on Ed Sullivan - Twist and ShoutThe Three Stooges on Ed Sullivan Rodney Dangerfield on The Ed Sullivan Show Cilla Black "You're My World" on The Ed Sullivan Show Red Skelton on The Ed Sullivan Show Georgia Tech Glee Club on The Ed Sullivan Show Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline" on The Ed Sullivan Show
  • VANITY - We're Mutants - Stripes

    10/21/2015 10:10:53 AM PDT · by 100American · 7 replies ^ | Published on Oct 4, 2012 | Bill Murray
    Just to add some levity about all of Us here in America.. Yup, my family took off from Europe and other places and came here... never left! So all of these "political" types are mere baggage we need to drop off and get some new ones... That will listen and not go turn coat on us... Sic Semper Tyrranis!
  • Giggle Gene Discovered By UC Berkeley Researchers

    06/04/2015 1:38:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Are you a compulsive giggler? Blame it on your family. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University say they’ve discovered the “giggle gene” responsible for the regulation of serotonin that makes some of us more prone to bursts of laughter. The study published in the journal Emotion found that people with the short allele of gene variant known as 5-HTTLPR were more likely to smile and laugh while looking at Far Side cartoons and funny video clips. A previous study by the same research team found that people with the same gene were more impacted by...
  • 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 (I grabbed a cached version from; 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, has changed the word "laughter" to "applause." Original version (yahoo cache):,cd268517&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=YwoTaKsztkXVtdKV0ajhPQ-- Changed "doctored" version:
  • 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 ^ | 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...