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You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. — Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis



Improvement Pill (YouTube Channel)
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humor : (a) that quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous (b) the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous (c) something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, “body fluid”), controlled human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour — be amused, smile or laugh at something funny — and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. — Wikipedia

Humor (Encyclopædia Britannica)

What is Humor (Humor That Works)

Joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is usually not meant to be interpreted literally. It usually takes the form of a story, often with dialogue, and ends in a punch line, whereby the humorous element of the story is revealed; this can be done using a pun or other type of word play, irony or sarcasm, logical incompatibility, hyperbole, or other means. — Wikipedia

Jokes (Wolfram Alpha)



Humor (TED Talks, Official Website)




Sense of the Comic (Dictionary of the History of Ideas)


DDC: 808.87 Humor & Satire (Library Thing)
Subject: Humor (Library Thing)

Subject: Humor (Open Library)

LCC: PN 6147 wit & Humor (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Humor (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: PN 6147 wit & Humor (Library of Congress)
Subject: Humor (Library of Congress)

Subject: Humor (WorldCat)




MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Humor (JSTOR)
Humor (NPR Archives)




Humor (Tim Hunkin, The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia)


Jokes & Tricks (Grand Illusions)


Stand-up Comedy (Discover a Hobby)




Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form


Entertainment Humor, Toy, Hobby, Competition (Game, Sport), Spectacle
Arts Performing, Visual (Architecture), Culinary, Language (Poem), Music, Dance
Belief Hypothesis, Forecast, Rumor, Superstition, Folklore, Faith



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