Humor

Do animals have a sense of humor?

Slate: Right now, in a high-security research lab at Northwestern University’s Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, scientists are tickling rats. Their goal? To develop a pharmaceutical-grade happiness pill. But their efforts might also produce some of the best evidence yet that humor isn’t something experienced exclusively by human beings. Scientists More

A Quest to Understand What Makes Things Funny

The New Yorker: What would happen if Communism were introduced to Saudi Arabia? Nothing—at first. But soon there’d be a shortage of sand. This—one of many political jokes circulating inside the Soviet Union during the late Cold War—is Joel Warner’s favorite. Warner is the co-author, with Peter McGraw, of “The More