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An attempt at humor

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So do liberals have a better sense of humor than conservative? In the type of society-advancing research that only your tax dollars can afford, the New York Times explores:

The researchers picked out a variety of jokes — good, bad, conventional, absurdist — to look for differences in reactions between self-described liberals and conservatives.

They expected conservatives to like traditional jokes, like the one about the golfing widower, that reinforce racial and gender stereotypes. 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.


Written by Butch

November 9, 2008 at 9:44 am