What is Funny: Definition and 195 Discussions

Humour (Commonwealth English) or humor (American English) is the tendency of 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 (such as a pun or joke)—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. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or the Tom and Jerry cartoons, whose physical nature makes it accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to a more mature audience.

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  1. Greg Bernhardt

    Humor Award

    Please select up to 3 members who tickle your funny bone the most here at PF in 2023. Oftentimes comedy is the perfect companion to science! This is a popular vote. Polls were created by weighing activity levels in comedic threads and positive reactions. Everyone nominated should feel honored...
  2. Y

    Funny observation in matching BJT power transistors

    THIS IS NOT HOMEWORK I design audiophile power amps as hobby. I need to match power transistors. It is A LOT HARDER than I thought. I built a test fixture to hold up to 50 transistors at a time. I try to match sets of 13 to about 1mV which is very tight as Vbe change is about -2mV/deg C. I have...
  3. G

    McSweeney's : "Signs You Work In The 'Cool' Lab"

    Short satire piece: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/signs-you-work-in-the-cool-lab
  4. sbrothy

    "Funny" Observations From (PERL) Programming Docs...

    So here I am slaving over Perl documentation (For my own pleasure I'm sad to say. I regard programming as LEGO for grownups) and I'm finding weird and funny things like: I mean what is that about? And perhaps less obvious: Well yes, it might :) You have any even more crazy or funny...
  5. G

    MHB This isn't even funny how hard it is

  6. BillTre

    Celebrate Pi Day with Funny Pi Jokes!

    Happy Pi Day: Pi jokes! A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are all given identical rubber balls and told to find the volume. They are given anything they want to measure it, and have all the time they need. The mathematician pulls out a measuring tape and records the circumference...
  7. chemisttree

    Something funny happened on the way to neutrality

    I watched a “What Are We Eating?” video by Wolfe Pit about a cheap steak being real meat or just glued trimmings. My interest was in the glue itself since I have a professional interest in crosslinking proteins. Anyway, the narrator goes through the ingredient list and comes to sodium...
  8. bhobba

    B Is String Theory Built On Funny Math?

    In asking a question about analysis textbooks there was a bit of a chat about things like S = 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 ... = 1 - (1 + -1 +1 -1 ...) or 2S = 1 or S=1/2. I will say straight away the answer to what's going on - what infinite sums are, are simply definitions and believe it or not there are a...
  9. W

    MHB Funny Commercials: Clock Repair & Car Rental

    Clock repair: "If your clock don't tick, tock to us" Car rental: "It's the lease we can do for you" Anybody got some?
  10. C

    What Do You Want to Know About Me?

    I am your Cheese Lord... lol jk. Ok the guy said to introduce myself first so here goes nothing. My rl name is Emma. I have two annoying sisters and my parents just got divorced. My parents also got rid of our dogs recently and I have a lot of school work to finish. Like my science project. I...
  11. zwierz

    A funny remark about Newton's Cradle

    Everybody knows what this is Teachers very like to show it to students as an illustration of conservation laws. But this toy illustrates something less trivial also. And the questions are 1) should students know such things? 2) are there another explanations besides the one proposed below ...
  12. A

    Are Professors' Quirky Classroom Comments Insightful or Just Funny?

    I wonder if anyone has some fun or interesting stories about their high school or university physics teachers. In my case there are several, and some of these teachers had tremendous reputations. These were actual professors of mine, so I know this is not apocryphal. Of course I will never...
  13. Greg Bernhardt

    Funny photo caption contest (Bill Nye)

    Can you write a funny caption for this photo?
  14. collinsmark

    NASA NASA discovers new exoplanet (The Onion, funny)

    http://www.theonion.com/article/nasa-discovers-distant-planet-located-outside-fund-53595 "WASHINGTON—Noting that the celestial body lies within the habitable zone of its parent star and could potentially harbor liquid water, NASA officials announced at a press conference Thursday they have...
  15. collinsmark

    Meteorite Identification (xkcd, funny)

    Today's xkcd: http://meteorites.wustl.edu/check-list.htm']Meteorite[/PLAIN] Identification [Source: http://www.xkcd.com/1723/] Clicking on the image gives you a link to an actual flowchart: Self-Test Check-List {image does not support hot-linking, so I removed direct link to flowchart...
  16. P

    Is the Empathy Quotient Test Accurate and Reliable?

    https://psychology-tools.com/empathy-quotient/ Also watch this video: How it was? What was your empathy quotient? Did you yawn? :)
  17. G

    A funny probability problem for the younger ones

    Homework Statement This is a problem that I really liked and that I want to share with you. Firstly because of the story around it, secondly because of the unexpected solution, and finally because it can be investigated with a computer for those who are the least comfortable with maths...
  18. Kirito123

    How Do Pens and Bill Gates Influence Life's Biggest Decisions?

    I was bored and searched the internet for funny stories and these 2 caught my eye o0). lol.Dad: I want you to marry a girl of my choice. Son: No! Dad: The girl is bill gates daughter. …Son: Then okay *dad goes to bill gates.* …Dad: I want your daughter to marry my son. Bill gates: No! Dad: My...
  19. Rx7man

    Funny... LHC got shut down by a weasel

    funny little news story... http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/29/476154494/weasel-shuts-down-world-s-most-powerful-particle-collider
  20. Wandelgart

    Funny similarities between a ball and the expanding universe

    A rubber ball is bouncing on a flat surface. Every time it bounces, it loses energy, while the sound of the ball hitting the surface accelerates (because the intervals of the ball impacting the surface become shorter with each bounce). The ball seems to be accelerating when, in fact, it is...
  21. davenn

    Is Green Eggs and Ham Safe to Eat?

  22. Sophia

    What Were the Craziest Hairstyles of the 80s?

    Hairstyle in the 80's! http://9gag.com/gag/aE7gNB9?ref=fsidebar
  23. davenn

    Music Friday funny - with a musical twist

    have a great weekend everyoneDave
  24. 3301

    Self charging keyboard - Is it possible or just funny?

    Last night I had a drink with my friend and short after he started talking about self charging keyboard. It is a wireless keyboard and it "could" be charged when you are typing ( mechanical to electrical ) or by cleaning it ( whipping off the keyboard with something and then electrons "would" be...
  25. RooksAndBooks

    News 30% of Republicans: Bomb Aladdin's City

    While coming across online news, I saw an article by the Independent saying that they support the bombing of Agrabah. If you do not know what that is, it's the location where the movie Aladdin took place. This, of course, is a fictional city so I was laughing hysterically. Now, I know not every...
  26. B

    Math nickname for the name "Khalil"?

    Can anyone think of a math nickname for the name "Khalil"? Thank you!
  27. wolram

    Funny Monkeys Playing: A Collection of Pics

    http://e9fun.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Funny-Monkey-Playing-With-Cat.jpg any one else have pics of monkeys playing, i love the little critters,
  28. STEMucator

    Funny Coding Error: Office Gets Kick Out of It!

    I've been working an internship over the summer, and I ran into a very humorous coding error. Everyone at the office got a kick out of it, and I thought some forum members might laugh at it as well: So painful! It was not very funny fixing it though.
  29. Alexandre

    Funny thing I've found in David Griffiths QM textbook

    I really like the book, its the first physics textbook that I liked actually. But I've found a minor error. On page 8 (chapter 1 The Wave Function) it says that if you sum deviations from average of a random variable you'd get zero because " Δj is as often negative as positive", here's the...
  30. davenn

    Sunday Funny -- I see the "doghouse" in this guys future ;)

    A WISE MAN... UNTIL HE RETURNS HOME 4 men have fishing trips often and one weekend Ron's wife said he couldn't go. The 3 others were going to miss him but when they got to camp, Ron had his tent pitched and a fire going so naturally they wanted to know. Ron said when he got home from work his...
  31. davenn

    What Are the Real Benefits of Jogging?

    yup, that about covers it ;)
  32. twistor

    A Paper Manuscript, OLD and FUNNY

    Hey guys here I found a hand-written paper. It is very funny to see it. http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/lmason/Tn/26/TN26-02.pdf Could this be of any importance for current physics?
  33. O

    Funny Physics Commercial I can't find it

    There is this commercial where a guy was falling asleep in physics class, the professor calls his name and asks him what's the answer to a theoretical problem the professor has on the board. The guy looks around confused, sees someone in front of him with the number 7 on his back, so he says the...
  34. davenn

    A coouple of funny cartoons for Saturday

    cheers Dave
  35. E

    Accident at steel plant spills molten metal onto plant floor

    Here is a video of a funny accident that happened at a steel mill in Russia. Thousands of pounds of molten metal come pouring out of it's ladle onto the floor due to equipment failure. Fortunately no one was hurt in this incident, but the whole plant could have gone up in flames if the outcome...
  36. N

    Some funny theoretical tasks, classical physics

    Good morning! I want to show you a few exercises given to me by my Physics teacher as an additional task. I'm aware that for some of you they may seem trivial, but I found it hard to face them because of them being full theoretical, with no actual data given. Mind that I'm only 15 :(. I'd love...
  37. J

    Something funny I saw while grading

    I'm grading for integral calculus this summer, and I saw something pretty funny. This most recent homework is just like 40-50 integrals basically. There were homeworks where there were literally no steps given, just solutions. Obviously just plugged into Wolfram Alpha. There was one homework...
  38. twistor

    Stephen Hawking: Hilarious Interview - Watch Now!

    THAT'S AN EXTREMELY HILARIOUS INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN HAWKING. What are your thoughts on it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPV3D7f3bHY
  39. MattRob

    Funny Story about Black Holes

    So, yeah. Here I am, a fledgling Undergraduate Freshman at Brigham Young University. I've been reading Brian Greene's books, and darn, do I love physics. This was the semester I decided to change my major from Mechanical Engineering to Physics-Astronomy. Well, one night, as some of this...
  40. ZapperZ

    Starbucks Van Fails: A Funny Story!

    Maybe Starbucks might want to take another look at the design on their vans, or simply not open one of their doors, ever! :) Got this from a friend, and I think it is circulating on the 'net. Zz.
  41. S

    MHB Funny BORG Jokes: Assimilate a Smile!

    BORG Jokes#1 on the BORG Hit Parade We All Live in a Single Subroutine #2 on the BORG Hit Parade: BORG in the USA Elvis of Borg Assimilate Me Tender McBorgers Over 50 billion assimilated Schwartzenegger of Borg You will be terminated. Monty Python of Borg I wish to complain about this 'ere...
  42. 1

    Am I the only one that finds this funny?

    Is this really worthy of being pointed out as a corollary??
  43. V

    What Are the Funniest Misconceptions in Maths and Physics Tests?

    Hey everyone, I'm searching for some really funny answers by students in maths/physics test, i googled it but getting the same old images, can anyone give some useful links or share any funny answers you ever saw
  44. 4

    Funny Physics Puns: Get Ready to Laugh!

    I was arguing with a friend and he said to drop it. I responded with " I indeed will at 9.8 m/s^2." That's when I wondered if there's anymore good physics puns. Anybody got any that I can use in everyday scenarios?