Blow Your Mind: Funny or Die


Why is this funny? (Paul Natkin/WireImage/Getty Images)

We all know "funny" when he encounter it, but just what's going on inside the human mind when we snicker at the word "wiener" or revel in a well-crafted pun? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I dive into the world of humor to discuss the evolutionary purpose of humor and just how it changes the world around us.

Is there really a universal theory of humor? We break down some of the core theories before examining the latest attempt to sum all our laughs up in one theory of everything. And yes, we will discuss why the words "duck" and "cheese" are funny, while "table" is a word that has never produced laughter.

Plus laughing rats! Strange words that Julie knows! Tickling! God-killing Jokes! Botox smiles! Laughter yoga! All this and more in a single episode.

So there you have it! Let me know how I got it wrong! You can find the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast on iTunes, Zune and the RSS feed. And don't forget the free HowStuffWorks App!

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.