New PDF release: A Subtreasury of American Humor
By Elwyn B. White, Katharine S. White
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H er anecdotal evidence is borne out by a n um ber o f studies (not least the recent one by Professor D unbar, m entioned earlier) that suggest laughter raises o u r pain threshold. H o rto p decided to apply her insights to psychological pain, w ith dram atic results. T h e Swansea-based hu m o u r w orkshop group m eets w eekly to play gam es and tell jokes, u nder Alice H o rto p ’s guidance. ’ For m any o f them , even practising a smile is a big step forw ard. Som e w eeks a participant is ju st too deeplydepressed to even m ake it to the m eeting.
I said. ’ He said, T e n .. I said, T e n what? ’ He said, ‘Nine, eight, seven . . ’ Tommy Cooper I’m in therapy at the moment. I don’t need it, obviously, but I got all these psychiatrist gift vouchers fo r Christmas which my family clubbed together for. W h a t I really wanted was a crossbow. Sean Lock I w ent to the dentist. ’ An apple a day keeps the d octo r away, but in my experience so does an air rifle. Harry Hill W h a t do you give a man w ho has everything? Antibiotics. - 35 - A man walks into a d o cto r’s.
Curious, he asks the farmer how the pig lost its limb. ‘W e ll,’ says the farmer, ‘one night the wife and me were asleep when the pig spotted the house was on fire. It broke down the door, ran up the stairs and dragged me to safety. Then it w ent back in and carried o u t my wife. Then it w e nt in a third time and rescued my fo u r children. ’ asks the man. ‘Oh, no,’ says the farmer. ’ Tw o fish are in a tank. ’ - II - T w o fish swim into a concrete wall. ’ H ow do you make a cat go ‘W o o f’?