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Malcolm Kushner, “America’s Favorite Humor Consultant,” is an internationally acclaimed expert on humor and communication. The author of several books including Public Speaking For Dummies, Kushner’s latest is The Little Book of Humorous Quotes. He has been profiled in Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post. His television and radio appearances include CNN, National Public Radio, CNBC, "Voice of America" and The Larry King Show. The Wall Street Journal has called him “irrepressible.” For more information, visit or

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Do We Need a Department of Happiness?

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 9:32 AM

The United Arab Emirates recently announced the creation of a new government post - "minister of state for happiness." According to The Washington Post, the minister will "align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction." That sounds like a great new idea. But further reading...

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Not an April Fool's Joke: It's Costing More to Laugh

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 1:25 PM

Daily turmoil in the stock market. No direction from the Fed. European austerity that's too much or not enough. Where is an investor supposed to get guidance? Are there no reliable economic indicators? Well, there's some good news and bad news. The bad news: the 2016 Cost of Laughing Index,...

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Donald Trump Faces The Music

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 5:53 PM

Many political pundits accuse Donald Trump of blowing his own horn. So much that they sound like a broken record. But maybe it's time they changed their tune. Because when it comes to his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump may have to march to the beat of his own drum. You...

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The Trump Presidential Library

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Recent polls suggest that many Americans support Donald Trump for president. They can't wait for him to win and run a New-York-style administration. Hey, as a native New Yorker, I understand their excitement. But fuhgeddaboud that. It's the Trump post-presidency that's really exciting. Because it could mean the first presidential...

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A New Approach to Lawyer Jokes

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Lawyer jokes often portray attorneys as rich, greedy and pompous. And during the past few decades these jokes have perpetuated this negative stereotype around the world. It got so bad in the 1990s that a California bar association leader begged lawyers to stop spreading the jokes. Unfortunately, it...

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What's in a Name?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:15 AM

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it sell as well? That's a fundamental question which consumes countless hours and dollars as marketers search for perfect product names. From brainstorming to focus groups to aha moments in the shower, the creative process underlying commercial success...

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Driving Under the Influence -- of Music

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 10:54 AM

If music has charms to sooth the savage beast, then it should have an affect on road rage. Or at a minimum on one's driving style. A recent experiment in England attempted to demonstrate this connection.

According to The Telegraph, a study to determine if listening to music...

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The Immortality Grant

(5) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Woody Allen once said, "I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear." John Martin Fischer doesn't believe in an afterlife either. But he can afford to bring along an entire wardrobe. The University of California, Riverside philosophy professor just received $5 million...

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Lessons From Wisconsin

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Wisconsin held an election to recall its governor last week. The governor retained his office. Ever since, pundits, commentators and other media hangers-on have been spouting off about what it means for Democrats, Republicans, unions, liberals, conservatives, President Obama, Mitt Romney, the Tea Party, national policy, political advertising, campaign contributions,...

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New Mob Museum Opens: Should You Pay Admission or Break In?

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:21 AM

Happy Valentine's Day massacre. That was the message of the new Mob Museum in Las Vegas which had its grand opening on February 14th. Officially known as The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the museum examines the mob's historic influence on Las Vegas and other...

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Ban on Bull -- Really

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Santa Cruz, a beach town in northern California, has become the first city in the country to ban the bullfrog. According to KION TV news, the Santa Cruz city council voted unanimously on January 24th to prohibit the purchase, sale or possession of American bullfrogs.

This, of...

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It's Elementary

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 3:20 PM

Last week, the New York Times reported that two new elements will be added to the periodic table -- livermorium and flerovium. Quite a mouthful. The names were chosen by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. But don't worry. They're not official until completion of a...

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Cain Pain

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 1:44 PM

I did not have an affair with Herman Cain. There I've said it. I have not been having an affair with Herman Cain for a long time; many years, in fact. And yes, saying it does provide closure.

I also want to say that Mr. Cain has never groped...

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Physician Heal Thyself

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 7:36 PM

The University of Chicago recently announced a donation of $42 million to create an institute dedicated to the improvement of doctor-patient relations. The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence will help medical students develop compassion and empathy. It will also help them learn to listen to patients -- presumably without a...

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I'd Like a Word With You

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 12:41 PM

Publication of a new edition of The Chambers Dictionary, Britain's "bible" for word worshippers, has caused a stir among linguistic conservatives and traditionalists. The latest version of the famed reference work now includes numerous new words reflecting current British trends, technology and culture. Words such as "jeggings" (a hybrid of...

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