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Probably Funnier Than You

Posted by Michael Dolan on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Turns out I live in the 5th funniest city in the US, funnier than New York or Los Angeles. That’s the news from University of Colorado Boulder.  Boston is the funniest, they report.  My Portland is #5. “We found humor often has a local flavor,” said Peter McGraw, associate professor of marketing and psychology at […]

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The Pun Also Rises

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This is a title of a recent book addressing the humor idiom both most condemned and most practiced. While enjoyable, as with all long essays on small topics, the importance is a bit overblown.  Writer John Pollack is to be admired for strenuous research trough the ages.  This guy told a pun, this guy and […]

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Take My Party. Please.

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized |

When Republicans adopted their usual tough anti-abortion amendment for the party platform just before their convention, some Democrats labeled the language the “Akin Amendment.” The opponents wanted to tie the entire party to the weird comment by Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin that referred to “legitimate rape.” Finally, the Dems show a semblance of […]

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Scientist Backs Groucho

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  “I don’t tell jokes,” Grouch Marx once said.  “I tell the truth.” Rutgers University anthologist Robert Lynch roams comedy clubs studying why people laugh and occasionally take the stage himself.  Because laughter is present in all societies, Lynch says mirth provides an evolutionary advantage.  If you can laugh with ’em you can live with […]

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Three Tips For Adding a Little Humor to Your Work

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  Quick Tips from the book Funny Business: Putting humor in your writing  are available at the Mediabistro web side: http://www.mediabistro.com/prnewser/three-tips-for-adding-a-little-humor-to-your-work_b39658

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Doctor of Humor

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The doctorate Shaquille O’Neal earns this month from Barry University is earned, not honorary.  The 15-time NBA all-star studied Organizational Learning and Leadership.  His thesis is “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles.”     O’Neal said he discovered most successful leaders use humor more than seriousness to win over employees, according to an account […]

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Beware the Perry Approach to Humor

Posted by Michael Dolan on May 28, 2017 in Uncategorized |

   Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, many observers report, has trouble with humor.  And his failure to find the American funny bone hampers his run for the presidency.  This Boston Globe news report tells the usual story: http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2012/03/31/humor_can_help_candidates_ouch_when_it_doesnt/     But the Rick Perry approach to humor, despite immediate response, is no guide to success.  Commentators left and right […]

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