Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “Some jokes are less agreeable than others.” Harriet obviously was pickier about her jokes than we are.
Back in 2011 a group of researchers studied what makes a joke… a joke. According to Matt Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams (The book: Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse Engineer the Mind), laughing at a joke is part of our evolution as human beings.
Sometimes, we don’t really understand what’s going on and we make mistakes in comprehending the world around us. Jokes reward us for figuring out those mistakes. Once we understand our mistakes, we can laugh at them.
A joke invites you to come to the wrong conclusion, then chuckle when you realize what happened. So, despite Harriet’s opinion about less agreeable jokes, even bad jokes are good jokes if they make you laugh.
What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a bit of evolutionary theory. Enjoy these bad jokes – you’ll surely find them agreeable.
1985 was a year of “firsts.”
The first mobile phone call was made that year. The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes appeared for the first time. Marty McFly and Doc Brown met for the first time in the original Back to the Future, and Nintendo’s original NES system first showed up in American stores.
Of course, 1985 wasn’t all fun and games and time travel. There were some things we’d all rather forget. It was the peak of big 80’s hair and big 80’s shoulder pads. Coca Cola launched their doomed New Coke, and British scientists first noticed a big hole in the ozone layer of the atmosphere.
Despite all that, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate 1985.
If you’re planning a birthday bash for your favourite 80’s-baby, check out this game pack. It’s, like, totally awesome! Party on.
My name is Chris; I am here with Deborah and we would like to talk to you about our printable party games.