NEWS@WashingtonAndLee: Woodzicka Receives NSF Grant to Study Effects of Humor
The award of over $300,000 is to be shared between Woodzicka and her collaborator, Thomas Ford of Western Carolina University, one of the nation’s top humor researchers.
“Humor is omnipresent in our daily lives and in everyday conversation,” said Woodzicka, “but it hasn’t been studied very extensively. We don’t understand it or completely know what the consequences of our humorous interactions are.”
Here’s where I come off as a jerk. While I understand the need to fund science, even at the government level under some circumstances, at a time when Americans from coast to coast are genuinely hurting spending $300,000 in taxpayer money (that’s where it comes from, folks!) on a grant allowing a bunch of white-coats to study “what people find funny and what the consequences of humor are” is the most asinine thing I think I’ve ever, ever heard of. Ever.
For twenty bucks, I can send these people a DVD copy of And Now For Something Completely Different and two bottles of water. When they laugh so hard so as to pee their pants–sorry: that’s “micturate their pantaloons” for those fancy science-y types–we can send them home knowing that they finally know what people find funny, and what the consequences of humor are.
And golly, that would leave $299,980 extra, which can immediately be sent to Africa for junque-scrubbing purposes.