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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Why people laugh

Why do people laugh? What makes something funny? Why do equally intelligent people have such different senses of humor? Comedy writers, psychologists, and others have dissected humor and debated these questions. One thing we know is that people of different cultures have different ideas of what's funny. Americans may find the humor of Britons almost pointless, whereas Britons think American humor is unsubtle. An Englishman visiting an American farm was told by the farmer, ''We don't waste anything. We eat everything we can, and what we cannot eat, we can.'' All the Americans in the group laughed. When the Englishman returned home, he tried to repeat the play on words to a friend. It came out ''We consume what we are able. What ...

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