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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.

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  1. all caps man (shift key got laid off) says:

    My one-liners are worth 300,000.

  2. Dean says:

    This waste of taxpayer dollars is as bad as spending it on studying why it is better to trim the toe nails on your two “great” toes straight across instead of contoured to the toe.

  3. William A. Rose says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Don’t forget Jeff Dunham’s “Peanut” character. He’s funny too.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A sitting president being served. Now that’s funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnMMo8lVG5M

    ‘Long term goals’ = second term

  5. Sam says:

    Keep your 300,000….. THIS IS FUNNY!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

  6. Randy Wills says:

    Acerbically humorous, Jeff.

  7. Bob Upton says:

    I can tell you without any taxpayer cost whatsoever that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).

    Give the taxpayers THEIR money back and give to God what is due him.

  8. Gail B. says:

    Bob Upton says:
    September 22, 2010 at 10:25 am
    I can tell you without any taxpayer cost whatsoever that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).

    Give the taxpayers THEIR money back and give to God what is due him.
    ———-

    Y’all, I think I’m falling in love!

  9. Bob Upton says:

    Gail B.

    You’d better switch to the decaf or cut back on the sweet tea young lady!
    I’ve read your posts and you’re way out of my league.
    And… I am happily spoken for.
    God bless you and your humor!

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