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The Funny Formula.

Four basic forms for a joke

There exists a certain psychological state which tends to produce laughter, which is the natural phenomenon or process of “humor”, or “humor perception”.
–Thomas C. Veatch, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Here is the short scientific explanation of “funny,” and here’s the full version.

Here’s why I’ll try my best to avoid making puns ever again.

My favorite part of the above referenced paper: “Humor is emotional pain that doesn’t actually hurt.”