Whats your favorite type of humor?
Farce - Exaggerated Comedy - 0.0%
Dark - Morbid, Violent, or Gross Comedy - 0.0%
Slapstick - Physical Comedy - 0.0%
Parody - Mocking or Making Fun of Original Work or Specific People - 14.3%
Satire - Mocking Human Follies in Hopes of Causing Improvements - 0.0%
Dry - Casual Delivery and Understated Style - 85.7%

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   Posted 12/19/2011 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may have read my post about the publication I plan to write for my doctorate of liberal arts. As I did not receive any response to my question I realized the post was entirely too long and I myself probably wouldn't even bother reading the whole thing; Especially if I didn't have any interest in it lol.

As most of you know I am in the hospital indefinitely until more is known about the damage to my spinal cord. The computer is really my only form of entertainment so I am going to be working on it again. This time I'm going to include a poll to make it easier to answer my question and perhaps I'll get a few answers this time.

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   Posted 12/20/2011 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
BuccPride....sure I do not mind taking a poll....I am so sorry that you are stuck in the hospital...however probaly best place to be until they have some answers. All the best to you...

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   Posted 12/20/2011 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for answering Amy! I know I need to be here for a multitude of reasons. The biggest for me being didn't have the pain care I'm being given right now I don't doubt that I'd go into shock from it.

I hope more people answer the poll. I only plan on writing about 3 styles and it will give me a better view of which ones to write about. Dry humor is already one of them since it's the one of become most proficient in. Laughing hurts like hell lol. So I use that one to keep myself from laughing at my own jokes.

Thanks again


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   Posted 12/20/2011 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bucc
My sister did her PhD on humor...interesting..I go for dry humor..I guess because my Dad was so good at it and it works in our house too.
Good luck with your hospital stay...may it be short and painless(yeah right!)

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   Posted 12/20/2011 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Really? That's pretty cool, there have been other graduate students in the program I'm with who have written on it as well. None however have broken them down quite like I'm doing (At least from what I've read). I've always used dry humor even before pain because I've found that if you do it correctly the laughter is stronger than with other forms. Most people believe it's the words that make it funny and that the inflection is just monotone and that's it. I discovered inflections give the words meaning so being monotone isn't dry humor. Being able to use the right inflections but so subtle they aren't noticeable is what makes it work. Also there is consciously using expressions that are just noticeable enough to get the point across. One of the masters of this is Jason Bateman or Steve Carrell (most but not all the time). What makes it the hardest to do is that you have to understand all the other forms and understate them properly. The people who are good at it can make someone who doesn't normally like it laugh.
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   Posted 12/20/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   

I also prefer dry humor. Sometimes I have to admit that I get a little giggle out of watching it go over someone's head.

My step-father is wonderful with dry humor and I always enjoy hearing him tell stories. I'm not very good with humor at all, but I wish I were. I think being able to laugh is a wonderful way to relax.
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   Posted 12/20/2011 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I love laughing, especially when Im stressed. Ppl say well you didnt lose your sense of humor. It keeps you sane ,I Feel.

i hope that your hospital stay is short in length and give you pain control.

Try to have a Happy Holiday this weekend.

My husband and I dress as Santa and Mrs Clause and go to a rehab, in the exercise room, and all of us sing christmas carols. Keeps their mind off the pain when they exercise.

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   Posted 12/20/2011 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired Mom, your right laughter is relaxing and leaves you happy for a time after. I'm not sure I enjoy laughing as mush as I enjoy making others laugh, I get a noticeable swell of happiness from it. It is funny to see a lot of people laugh at dry humor but a few in the group don't get it. Since it's become so popular there is a different way of doing it now where the jokes are purposefully simplified so everyone will get it.

Betsey Ross, I've been told I've I haven't lost my sense of humor by the doctors and nurses lol. It's my way of getting through stressful situations. I won't be going into rehab for a while as I'm up for another surgery soon but that is a wonderful thing you guys do! In the wing I'm in is full of a lot of misery. I'm no longer in ICU which was worse, but it's still not good. They are letting my dog come up here on Christmas day so that is something I'm looking forward to. As far as pain control, they have me hooked up to an iv that goes to a bag of morphine and a pump. I have a button to press if the pain becomes to bad. I don't particularly care for being high but I'd rather do that than go through the pain. Some of my friends keep saying they would be pressing that constantly just to be high, but being on medications for so long makes being high old. Also I have a form of ADHD that hasn't quite yet been classified. I'm bombarded by thoughts but I can solve each problem at once therefore I do not need to focus to function. I have been subjected to multiple studies growing up and what they have seen, is my prefrontal cortex (part of the brain associated with problem solving) is highly active but my brain stem (part that handles vital functions like heartbeat and breathing and other involuntary bodily functions) becomes more active. They have concluded I unconsciously solve problems and situations I'm presented with. I don't normally talk about it because it seems like something highly science fiction but although rare I'm not the only one out there. It also seems like I'm bragging but trust me although I am solving multiple problems (like talking about one thing, reading and writing about another at the same time) I still can't shut down the thoughts just like people with ADHD. Just being able to deal with each thought doesn't mean I don't want to focus on just one. People that have it can tell you how awful it is. When I'm high/drunk the thoughts just hang in my head. I no longer can solve them the way I can normally can.

Sorry about all that rambling lol. I've got a lot of time on my hands.

Post Edited (BuccPride) : 12/20/2011 6:14:58 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/20/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bucc
Sorry your in the hospital especially this time of year. I hope things turn out well and you get some answers and some solutions. As for you poll, just wondering what you would classify sarcastic humor under? I've always admired people who have a quick wit and seem to have a come back for everything. All the best.
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   Posted 12/20/2011 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a good question and a hard one. Luckily, I've been asked this by undergrads before. All types of humor draw on Sarcasm.

Farce - I had a cat growing up that liked to claw anything that walked. Our family had to walk in groups just to go to the bathroom.

Dark - My girl friend once said to me before we began dating "Are those your eyeballs? I found them in my cleavage."

Slapstick and Parody - These two go together when looking at sarcasm because if you're doing something physically sarcastic you are usually parodying or mocking something or someone.

Satire - Suburbia: where they tear out the trees & then name streets after them.

Dry - Any sarcastic remark delivered in an understated and subtle way.

Personally, I feel sarcasm is only humorous by the truth it holds and the irony. Some people don't find it funny at all, especially if the remark is about them. Sarcasm is an art. It’s one of those little yet big things in life which can only be expressed beautifully when mastered correctly. The person who can make people laugh without stepping on any toes are usually considered to have mastered sarcasm.

Having quick wit on the other hand does not necessarily mean your great with sarcasm. It means your brain is nimble enough to formulate an answer or come back that best suits the situation at hand.

As for your question, sarcasm is used in all types listed. So just go with whichever applies to what makes you laugh when you hear sarcasm.
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