The ancient greeks thought the body was regulated by four humors (juices): blood, yellow bile, phlegm and "black bile". In a healthy body they were in the right proportion to each other, an imbalance was thought to be the cause of diseases. From these humors we still have words like sanguin or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Clowns play an important role in traditional Hopi religious festivals, representing man in his original uncivilized state. By acting outrageously they serve as an example of how not to behave. They also use satire and humor to criticize individuals who have violated community norms. parentseyes.arizona.edu/n…
When former slave Jordan Anderson was asked to come back and work for his old master, he replied with a deadpan letter asking for 52 years' back pay as proof of good faith. The letter has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
James Gunn’s live action Scooby Doo (2002) was originally a Rated R adult film full of edgy humor, drugs and sex jokes until Warner Brothers made him edit it down to a clean cut PG children’s film. slashfilm.com/james-gunn-…
Seinfeld has had difficulty reaching global audiences. While it’s popular in Latin America, it hasn’t been widely accepted in Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. Its humor, it seems, is just too complicated, too cultural and word-based, to make for easy translation. theverge.com/2015/6/24/88…
J.R.R.Tolkien had a peculiar sense of humor. Along with his friend C.S. Lewis, he once dressed as a polar bear for a non-costume party and would chase neighbors away dressed as an Anglo-Saxon warrior. thegospelcoalition.org/ar…
The Midwest based pizza chain Rocky Rococo was sued by comedy troupe The Firesign Theater in 1985 for Copyright infringement over the chain's name. Firesign Theater lost its case because the troupe visited the flagship store in 1975 and reacted with good humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Bill Cosby had refused the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor two times before accepting -- the profanity used at the first awards ceremony in 1998 was "disappointing" he said. nytimes.com/2009/10/28/ar…
Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci, an Chicago gangster with a strange sense of humor. He made salacious comments to couples on the street while dressed as a priest, performed in a 1923 porno called Bob's Hot Story, and once left two police officers handcuffed with 50 crates of illegal beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
On Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos & Dave Coulier often got in trouble for "adult humor" in front of their child co-stars and got busted doing whip its off screen with 15 cans of Redi Whip while impatiently waiting for the girls to finish shooting a scene. screenrant.com/full-house…
Charles Schulz always disliked the title of Peanuts, which was given to his comic strip by the syndicate. In a 1987 interview, Schulz said of it: "It's totally ridiculous, has no meaning, is simply confusing, and has no dignityβ€”and I think my humor has dignity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
While in Sharon Springs, Theodore Roosevelt was approached by a 12-year-old girl who asked if he would like to have a badger. Expecting to humor her, he agreed, and the girl came back with a 2-week-old badger. President Roosevelt named him Josiah and he became one of the presidential pets. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
Lincoln was famous for his self-deprecating sense of humor. When accused of being two-faced, Lincoln replied, β€œHonestly, if I were two-faced, would I be showing you this one?” newyorker.com/cartoons/bo…
On the set of Full House, Saget, Stamos, and Coulier would frequently engage in adult humor when the cameras were off. This included drawing penises on each other's scripts, and on at least one occasion they all got high doing whip-its with cans of whipped cream before filming a scene. screenrant.com/full-house…
Violence in Filipino karaoke bars has lead to owners specifically employing gay or effeminate men, or transwomen, who use humor to defuse conflicts between male patrons over women, since they are seen as neutral. nytimes.com/2010/02/07/wo…
People with high IQs tend to appreciate dark humor more. businessinsider.com/dark-…
LΓ©o Taxil, the journalist that "exposed" Freemasons as Satanists, admitted that it was an elaborate hoax over 12 years later. He once said, "I thought everybody would see the joke and give me credit for originating a new line of humor, but my readers wouldn't have it so." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
John Dunsworth, who played chronically drunk and vulgar Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, was a professor who once told his students to β€œnever engage in bathroom humor” interviewcelebrity.com/in…
Using humor to aid in learning about sensitive topics such as aging, death, dying, grieving, and suicide increases comprehension, enhances retention, and improves faculty ratings. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
Leslie Nielsen wrote an autobiography in 1993, where everything written in the book was "a work of fiction", keeping with his style of humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" was originally about gay sex; his producer changed the lyrics due to its "minstrel modes and sexual humor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Shaq (AKA Dr. O'Neal) has a PhD in Human Resource Development. His PhD thesis was titled, "The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles". archive.boston.com/sports…
Typographers have a sense of humor. Kerning is the art of spacing letters so they are readable. Keming is when you kern letters incorrectly and they blend together. ironicsans.com/2008/02/id…
The benign violation theory integrates predicts that humor occurs when 3 conditions are satisfied: 1) something threatens one's sense of how the world "ought to be", 2) the threatening situation seems benign, and 3) a person sees both interpretations at the same time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
ABC only aired "Clerks: The Animated Show" twice before canceling it. They aired the fourth episode first, and then aired the second episode despite the fact that the second episode is a 'flashback' episode, and derives much of its humor from the fact that it flashes back to the first episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Thomas Edison offered Nikola Tesla $50,000 to improve his DC motor. Upon completion, Edison failed to pay and scoffed, "You don't understand American humor." history.com/topics/invent…
Don Rickles befriended mobster β€˜Crazy Joe’ Gallo when he made fun of Gallo in his stand-up against everyone’s warnings. Gallo took it in good humor and invited Rickles out to dinner. He declined, and that night the restaurant erupted in a gunfight, killing Gallo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Theodore Geisel took up the pseudonym Dr. Seuss after being banned from his college humor magazine for drinking gin on campus during Prohibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Children don't detect sarcasm till they're about 6 and don't get the humor in it till they're about 10 sciencedaily.com/releases…
Konami had a sense of humor dealing with Nintendo piracy. If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III senses it isn't an authentic copy the game silently reduces the damage the player deals out, doubles the damage they take, and makes Shredder immortal. tcrf.net/Teenage_Mutant_N…
Today I learned about IAC, a company that owns most dating sites in America (including match.com and Tinder) as well as Vimeo, College Humor, and Angie’s List en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAC…
... about Turn-On the ill-fated 1969 television show cancelled during it's first episode. Controversial for it's risquΓ© humor and cutting edge visual effects, broadcasters on the west coast refused to air it after hearing of outrage over earlier showings on the east coast. wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn-O…
Pre-dissolution Soviet comedians had to have all their jokes approved by the Department of Humor. Jokes about politics, religion, and sex were banned, which left mostly jokes about animals. theguardian.com/news/2015…
The term "hipster" originated in the 1940s, and was used to describe jazz afficionados, characterized by their "dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Tom Green, despite his penchant for bizarre and in some cases offensive humor, has stated he has never, and will never do a joke where he dresses as Hitler and goes to a Jewish synagogue. snopes.com/fact-check/bar…
George Carlin, a comedian best known for his dark humor, social commentary, and his β€œseven dirty words” routine, narrated a kids television show, Thomas and Friends, for 5 years. youtu.be/kGw7LjB23FE
Lincoln's cabinet was a team of rivals, including notable William Seward, who was initially resentful & condescending of the president. The two eventually became close personal friends, spending many nights bonding over stories, good humor, & politics, much to the dismay of other cabinet members mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/…
Teddy Roosevelt's Oldest Son, Teddy Roosevelt Jr, Received The Medal Of Honor For His Actions On D-Day. Despite Landing A Mile Off Course And Artillery Landing Close By, He Was So Calm And Collected, That He Used Poetry, Humor, And Anecdotes About His Father To Calm His Troops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When the African Grey parrot N'kisi first met Jane Goodall, he recognized her from a photograph and asked "Got a chimp?" It is claimed that this was a possible display of a sense of humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N'k…
Actor Wallace Shawn, while playing Vizzini ("Inconceivable!") in The Pricess Bride, didn't understand the movie's sense of humor. Director Rob Reiner gave him line readings, and he merely imitated them. avclub.com/article/wallac…
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had a morbid sense of humor. He would turn prison food into fake limbs covered with ketchup to resemble blood. He then would leave the fake limbs around the prison where other inmates and guards would find them. cnn.com/2015/04/30/us/fea…
Today I learned about Thomas R. Marshall, who was Vice President under Woodrow Wilson. He was infamous for his quick wit and funny jokes. His humor often got him into trouble, such as having his office moved and getting kicked out of board meetings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Surprised that his album "Aqualung" was called a concept album, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson decided to "come up with something that really is the mother of all concept albums". "Thick as a Brick" features one 42 minute song that combines complex music with a sense of humor to satirize prog rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Just 45 minutes outside of Copenhagen lies Bonbon Land, a potty humor based theme park. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
ABC only aired "Clerks: The Animated Show" twice before canceling it. They aired the fourth episode first, and then aired the second episode despite the fact that the second episode is a 'flashback' episode, and derives much of its humor from the fact that it flashes back to the first episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Many Viking nicknames were based on physical appearance, including those that were sexually explicit (Kolbeinn Butter Penis) or β€œpotty humor nicknames” (Eystein Foul-Fart) medievalists.net/2014/06/…
Jaime Sin, the 30th Roman Catholic Archbishop and Cardinal loved poking fun at his own name. Cardinal Sin would joke with guests, saying, "Welcome to the house of Sin." His title Cardinal Sin was a point of humor in the Philippines. biography.yourdictionary.…
Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Concords were rumored to be denied funding by New Zealands TV3 because Bret and Jemaine's humor was deemed "too Wellington", meaning their humor would not work with the average New Zealander outside of Wellington. musicalduffer.wordpress.c…
An executive wanted to change the title of "Back to the Future" to be "Spaceman from Pluto" as he didn't think it would be successful. Director Zemeckis asked help from Spielberg, who wrote a note back telling the executive he had a great sense of humor. The idea was never mentioned again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In many Bolivian cities, there is a program cebritas, where mostly students dress up in zebra costumes and use humor to prevent traffic accidents. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Woodrow Wilson's vice president, Thomas Marshall, was known for his sense of humor. One of his favorite jokes was about a woman with two sons, one of whom went to sea and one of whom was elected vice president; neither was ever heard of again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
While in college during the Prohibition era, Dr. Seuss was caught drinking gin with friends in his dorm room. He was forced to write under a pen-name to dodge his ban from writing for the school's humor magazine. Thus, Theodore Geisel chose his now-legendary pseudonym. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
As a final bit of humor, Leslie Nielsen chose "Let 'er rip" as his epitaph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Theodor Geisel was caught drinking gin as a Dartmouth undergrad and forced to resign from the college humor magazine, so he started contributing under a pseudonymβ€”Dr. Seuss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Before hitting it big, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated a humor book called "The Pocket Book of Boners" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Deadpan or dry humor/wit describes the act of deliberately displaying a lack of or no emotion, commonly as a form of comedic delivery to contrast with the ridiculousness of the subject matter. The delivery is meant to be blunt, sarcastic, laconic, or apparently unintentional. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Slapstick humor is named after a device invented in 16th century Italy that actors slapped each other with. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
George Gamow has a sense of humor - he adopted Fred Hoyle's ironic use of "the Big Bang", and added his friend Hans Bethe (without his knowledge) as a co-author; the joke being their initials. Alpha Beta Gamma. academic.oup.com/astrogeo…
Monty Python's "Dead parrot sketch" has its roots in the oldest book of humor known: Philogelos, written in the 4th century... news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
ABC pulled "Police Squad!" (Naked Gun movies was inspired by it) after four episodes because "its humor was so dense that the network couldn't add a laugh track to it". "Without a laugh track, the viewers won't know when to laugh" an executive had said. books.google.gr/books?id=…
Because humor comes from seeing things from a novel angle and self-deception reduces such angles, self-deceivers have a poorer sense of humor. sciencedirect.com/science…
Former "Simpsons" writer Conan O'Brien once said that if he were to write the finale of the show, he would have Marge divorce Homer without any humor through the whole episode. youtube.com/watch?v=cfgT9…
Penguin News, a newspaper produced in the Falkland Islands got huge criticism in 2012 when on its website, the file name for a picture of then Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was discovered to be "bitch.jpg". The editor blamed it on a colleague with "dry humor". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Theodor Seuss Geisel was caught drinking gin with 9 friends in college during Prohibition and was asked to resign from all extracurricular activities. To continue working on his college's humor magazine he used the pen name "Suess", which later became "Dr. Suess". neh.gov/humanities/2009/m…
The Humor Encryption Theory explains why people have different kinds of humor, and that humor is acquired with experience. sscnet.ucla.edu/anthro/fa…
"hipsters" were originally aficionados of jazz in the 1940s. "The hipster adopted the lifestyle of the jazz musician, including some or all of the following: dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
An animated version of Titanic was released in 2000. It follows the plot of James Cameron's version... but with the addition of talking animals including a rapping dog and used the sinking of the ship for humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Mozart was a fan of poop and ass humor, and made jokes in letters to his family huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
Researchers have fit humor to a model, and that model can be used to predict what is funny medium.com/@jrhusney/why-…
Jackie Chan doesn't care for the Rush Hour series and "doesn't understand American humor" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
"Hipsters" were a 1940s subculture that dopted the lifestyle of the jazz musician, including some or all of the following: dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Jackie Chan does not like the Rush Hour series because he does not appreciate the action scenes, nor understands the American humor. He only made the sequel because they offered him an "irresistible" amount of money. foxnews.com/story/0,2933,…
Roger Ebert hated "Uncle Buck" because he felt it had mean-spirited black humor rogerebert.com/reviews/un…
Jackie Chan doesn't like the Rush Hour movies, because he "didn't understand the American humor." foxnews.com/story/2007/09…
There is a "Humor Orientation Scale" that can measure one's predisposition to convey humorous messages. healthyinfluence.com/word…
Back to the Future filmed for five weeks with Eric Stoltz playing Marty Mcfly. Director Robert Zemeckis disliked his style of humor so much they threw away the five weeks of filming and $3 million dollars to recast with Michael J. Fox. geektyrant.com/news/2012/…
Shaq is working toward his doctorate, with a capstone titled "The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Theodor Geisel became Dr Seuss after being caught drinking with friends in college during Prohibition, to continue writing on the humor magazine he had to use a pen name and went with "Seuss", only adding the "Doctor" part later on neh.gov/humanities/2009/m…
Abraham Lincoln was known to have a bizarre and often perverse sense of humor, with a fondness for smut "akin to lunacy" according to one friend, demonstrated in a "piece of foolery" he wrote, entitled "Bass-Ackwards" books.google.com/books?id…
Blonde women who read blonde jokes before taking a test tend to score lower on tests, and that a person with a dry sense of humor are most likely an introvert. bodyandsoul.com.au/sex+re…
Animals laugh and some may even have a sense of humor slate.com/articles/arts/c…
Isaac Asimov published a total of 506 books throughout his life. Some of his works include: Asimov's guide to the bible, Asimov's guide To Shakespeare, and Asimov's Treasury of Humor. asimovonline.com/oldsite/…
There is a Japanese Manga that is about Buddha and Jesus sharing a cheap apartment in modern day Tokyo-as a vacation-the humor is actually pretty good! mangafox.com/manga/saint_…
George Carlin was the first and is still the only posthumous recipient of both the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Theodore Geisel began writing as Dr. Seuss to conceal his identity, after being kicked off a college humor magazine for drinking gin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Charles Schulz hated that his comic strip was called "Peanuts", saying, "It's totally ridiculous, has no meaning, is simply confusing, and has no dignityβ€”and I think my humor has dignity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
The Willy Wonka Company fired their executive director of humor management over a un-funny joke on a Laffy Taffy. multivu.prnewswire.com/mn…
NapolΓ©on Bonaparte was "silent and awkward " around women, and lacked a sense of humor. pbs.org/empires/napoleon/…
The difference between American and British humor. youtube.com/watch?v=f_Icu…
The science humor magazine, Journal of Irreproducible Results, received attention from American military intelligence when a copy of one of their articles was found among other papers in an abandoned terrorist headquarters in Kabul. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jou…
There's a website to explain simple comics from XKCD, thereby removing any humor intended. explainxkcd.com/wiki/inde…
Microsoft have a sense of humor technet.microsoft.com/en-…
That the Ace Attorney game series showed, through humor, how dysfunctional the Japanese legal system truly is escapistmagazine.com/arti…
When the Falklands were invaded the islanders informed London with a bit of humor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Peter McGraw, A professor at the University of Colorado, has come up with a "Grand Unified Theory of humor". wired.com/2011/04/ff_humo…
After the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea in 1968, the captain was forced to write a confession of his crimes. So he wrote a confession apologizing for his "dastardly deeds" and expressing his "fervent desire to paean" Kim Il-Sung. The Koreans did not notice the humor. usspueblo.org/Prisoners/P…
College Humor's YouTube series Jake and Amir has been going for 8 years with over 670 installments en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
The japanese show "Takeshi's Castle" has been airing in Spain for 15 years under the title "Yellow Humor". video.google.com/videopla…
As a final bit of humor, Leslie Nielsen chose "Let 'er rip" as his epitaph. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
In a famous example of British humor, the captain of British Airlines Flight 9 announced "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…

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