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Why Americans Are Cursing More Than Ever
Swear more to express yourself as an individual. Everybody's $#*%! doing it!
August 04, 2017
New York State Gives the National Comedy Center $500,000
They're investing in the history of comedy.
August 03, 2017
Jest Books Were the 16th-Century Version of Insult Comedy
Think Don Rickles crossed with Shakespeare.
April 20, 2017
When the FBI Was Asked to Investigate Groucho Marx Over a (Silly) Joke
"Please, Mr. Hoover."
April 14, 2017
New York, New York
The "Seinfeld" diner.
Added by AaronNetsky
The Enduring Mystery of the 'Fool's Cap Map of the World'
The full meaning of this 16th-century illustration may never be understood.
February 13, 2017
When J. Edgar Hoover Told Some Cringeworthy Jokes Just Before He Died
It was during a rare public appearance.
November 16, 2016
Bulls, New Zealand
The Town of Bulls
The "punniest place on Earth” has nearly as many bull-themed puns as it does people.
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Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent
The linguistic field of prosody, the story of melody, pitch, and other hard-to-study verbal traits, is suddenly hot.
September 26, 2016
How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation
Meet 1883's most absurd language guide.
June 29, 2016
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Mel Brooks Handprint
There are lots of hands and feet stamped in the cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, but Mel left behind something extra.
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The True Story of Roland the Farter, and How the Internet Killed Professional Flatulence
December 28, 2015
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