Do you know the role humor has played in history?

Do you know the role humor has played in history?

* This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 edition. Updated September 14, 2020. Humor and laughter are unquestionably linked, but they’re not actually the same thing. Laughter is the reaction we have to humor. Humor is something that generates a laugh by being funny or amusing, like a riddle, a pun or a knock-knock joke. This type of wit is often a play on words or provides a punchline with an unexpected turn of events. Of course, the perception of the quality of humor varies with each individual. Research has found that men and women are amused by different types of humor. People from different regions of the country, or even from different parts of the world, often have a regional humor that may not be amusing to others. It can be rooted in a local dialect, a landmark or even native history and homegrown folklore. What is perceived as humor changes over time, as demonstrated by changes in popular...
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