Magazine article Insight on the News

Study Finds That Good Humor Knows No Boundaries. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Study Finds That Good Humor Knows No Boundaries. (for the People)

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It's been said that humor doesn't travel well -- that what might send a Thai or a Russian into fits of laughter is likely to leave an American or a Pakistani stone-faced and uncomprehending. But after reading the findings of psychologist Richard Wiseman, for the people believes that while that old piece of wisdom once may have been true, it no longer holds. Humor indeed does travel across national boundaries.

Wiseman, who teaches at the University of Hertfordshire in England, conducted a three-month study during which 10,000 jokes were submitted from 70 or so countries. At least 100,000 folks visited his Website at www.laughlab.co.uk and rated those jokes. Surprise, surprise! For the people found the jokes judged as funniest by citizens of other countries to be very funny indeed, suggesting that humor may have become international.

The favorite in Belgium:

Well, you see, there are basically three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count and those who can't.

The German favorite:

Q: Why is television called a "medium"? …

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