According to a University of Pennsylvania study, you are more likely to remember the news if it is delivered in concert with jokes. The rise of comedy-news programs, like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert or John Oliver, may actually help inform the public. A new neuroimaging study using fMRI suggests that humor might make news and politics more socially relevant, and therefore motivate people to remember it and share it.
An increasingly dark sense of humor can be an early sign of dementia.
A Japanese interpreter once translated a joke that Jimmy Carter delivered during a lecture as: “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.”
The oldest recorded British joke dates back to the 10th Century A.D. and goes “What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before? Answer: A key.“