The Psychology of Laughter
Oct14

The Psychology of Laughter

Laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn’t stop the rain but allows us to keep going. – Gérard Jugnot Being done with my candidacy exam, having Thursday and Friday of school cancelled, watching a video of a cat with its head stuck in a yogurt container, I can’t help laughing. And it feels good. Laughing always feels so good. Just recently, in fact, I had a long Skype call with someone I had met while traveling, and she made...

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The Psychology of April Fool’s
Apr01

The Psychology of April Fool’s

The gods too are fond of a joke. — Aristotle A little over 30 years ago, residents of Sitka, Alaska, a small city with just over 9,000 people, thought their dormant volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, was erupting. As black smoke billowed from the crest, the city went into a panic, eventually notifying the National Coast Guard for assistance in evacuation. But when the Coast Guard did a flyby over the mountain, what did they find? A large...

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A Voyage to Vegas
Jul03

A Voyage to Vegas

It is bad luck to be superstitious. — Andrew W. Mathis Well, it is blearily early. If you’re reading this post when I published it on my website, you’re crazy. Or you’re old, in which case you’ve probably already had breakfast, walked the dog, done a morning workout, and are finishing up a novel. For me, however, I am struggling to keep my eyelids from giving one another a constant high-five. Why am I up so early? Why do I so...

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Sibling Rivalry
Jun19

Sibling Rivalry

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. — Thomas Carlyl What is it that makes me want to beat my brother and sister at everything we do? It doesn’t matter if it’s a game of four square, or who can annoy father the fastest; there is an inherent rivalry between us. For instance, yesterday my brother and I were standing side by side at the urinal before the movie “Man of Steel” started. And when I zipped...

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Ankle Agony
Jun12

Ankle Agony

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people. — Peter McArthur For a while, I thought:  I’m destined to be a fat old man with a hairy belly when I’m older, what’s the point of exercising nowadays? But then I was struck with an epiphany: There exist pretty girls. And wham! Suddenly, getting into shape seemed like the most brilliant idea in the world. Future, fatty Jake...

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