No joke: Most laughter isn't generated by what we think is funny.
So says a new installment of the PBS Digital Studios series "It's Okay To Be Smart."
Less than one in five chuckles comes "in response to humor," according to the video.
Instead, we laugh to defuse awkward situations and to tease others, the clip notes. And giggling solo is often a no-go. We are 30 times more likely to laugh with someone else than alone, "It's Okay To Be Smart" says.
The video concludes that laughing is more about bonding than comedy, and research published this spring in Human Nature backs up that view. A study by researchers at University College London and the University of Oxford suggests that laughter makes people more apt to open up about themselves, which can help them forge closer relationships.
"Given the importance of disclosing behaviors in facilitating the development of intense social bonds, it is possible that the act of laughing may temporarily influence the laugher’s willingness to disclose personal information," the study said.
But we probably can't count on them to laugh at a sitcom. Right, Dr. Cox?
H/T Laughing Squid
You're going to have to take this one step by step, little fella.
In this video, a 9-week-old corgi puppy whimpers as he tries to walk down stairs. Spurred by his owner's gentle encouragement, Peanut Butter begins his descent.
C'mon, little guy!
H/T Laughing Squid
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You can run but you can't hide from the words of Lt. Clay Higgins.
The spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff in Louisiana has captured the Internet's attention with a badass -- and may we say, very entertaining -- warning he gave a burglar on a recent edition of the local television show "St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers."
Surveillance video shows the suspect breaking into Stelly's, a market and restaurant. But it's the menacing Higgins who steals the show.
"The sheriff likes Stelly's restaurant, and so do I," he said on the show, an excerpt of which was posted online on July 23. "The food here is good, and the folks are friendly. We are going to identify you, arrest you and put you in a small cell. After that I'm going to have a cheeseburger here with fries and a Coke and leave a nice tip for the waitress. Meanwhile your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door."
He later added this: "Congratulations, son. I'm about to make you famous."
Higgins told The Huffington Post Monday that he had yet to get his man, but that the department has received about a dozen leads.
The officer has earned a reputation for his down-home straight talk to criminals on the lam.
"I'm pretty much in awe of the whole thing," he said. "I never anticipated becoming any kind of celebrity. I'm not a celebrity kind of person."
The muscular Army veteran said he started the public information officer job a few months ago and has run with it. "I pretty much threw away the script that was the established norm," he said. "I started speaking my mind, just as I did on the street."
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John Potter, a reporter for KTVN Channel 2 in Reno, Nevada, was listening to colleague Andi Guevara report recently on how Amazon had surpassed Walmart in value. So he chimed in with his, um, interesting theory.
"You know why? 'Cause they sell sex toys and Walmart can't or won't sell sex toys," he said.
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... As is her follow-up line. "They're trying to eat breakfast," she said, referring to viewers.
Potter addressed his cringe-worthy moment on Facebook on Sunday, writing, "Oh how I love a job where your not-so-great moments go viral for all to see. You might as well comment ... everyone else has! I'm struck at how many are shocked at this but are ok with the daily stabbing/shooting/domestic violence mugshot morning parade."
Watch the exchange above.
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At least he and the guy who filmed it are laughing, so we're laughing.
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Kevin Bacon has a badge, and he'll use it to shut you up. In a fun public service announcement from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on how to behave at the movies, the actor plays a cop who breaks through the screen barrier to silence the talking and texting shmos.
"Hey, you. Drop your phone and put your hands in the air," he tells one audience member. "I sentence you to life in jail for crimes against cinema."
You tell 'em, Kevin.
The short cleverly ties in with Bacon's new role as a corrupt sheriff in the thriller "Cop Car," which will be released in August. In fact, it's "Cop Car" that's playing during the clip when Bacon busts in.
But we wish the actor could pop up in uniform anytime someone interrupts a film.
David Beckham just scored a really big assist. In Tuesday's debut of the Good Samaritan show "Knock Knock: Live" on Fox, the soccer great surprised a California family with a $100,000 check, plus seven iPhones with a 10-year prepaid plan.
Victor Gonzalez, the father, was a professional soccer player in Mexico, but gave it up for a construction job to support his family.
The grateful family members were moved to tears, and Beckham got a big hug from the mother, Claudia Gonzalez.
But our favorite moment came a little later, when a still-verklempt Claudia asked, "Do we get to play soccer with you?"
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What is it about little animals sniffling, snorting and squeaking that makes us say "awww"?
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These abandoned hoglets were brought to the care of the Wildlife Aid Foundation in the U.K. And now they're charming the world by sneezing (or hiccuping, as the case may be).
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