Humour (or humor in American English) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.
People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or the Tom and Jerry cartoons, whose physical nature makes it accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to the mature audience.

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  1. Richo877

    Dad jokes are not just for dads!

    In lieu of Father's Day this year, let's crack open the history books and lay down some of our best/worst dad jokes. You don't have to be a dad to really appreciate a good ol' dad joke. Whether they're real knee slappers, tear jerkers, groaners, witticisms, puns, pleasantries, or the ones that...
  2. Flopsweat

    How to Break a Choke Hold Every Time

    Proven effective technique!
  3. RedCardinalSeven

    Humor: .45 Stopping Power

    Donut Operator weighs in on .45 cal. stopping power:
  4. RedCardinalSeven

    The National Guard is not the Military

    An epic rant ...
  5. ditchtiger

    Mosin humor

    I reposted this here also as folks with no Mosin addiction will not get the humor.
  6. DuneHopper

    True Story Humor. ( Your own or one you know of personally )

    True Story Humor. ( Your own or one you know of personally ). I was sharing a thread today and the thought came up of how I love to sit around the fire and share stories, and thought would be fun to have a thread to share your fun stories. Please no Political ones of any kind, even if NWFA...
  7. RicInOR

    Humor / Politics

    Since you all shut down Political humor thread, there have been more posts in goofy humor with a political bent - example (not to pick on the user) Elizabeth Warren's pic. I like the humor thread and don't want to loose that. So please address any of your concerns quickly. Thank you
  8. JO JO

    some reloading humor

  9. Diamondback

    Quote anyone who's known/been a Para might appreciate

    Stumbled across this on another site, and for some reason even though LRRP's were generally more Leg than Para immediately thought of @AndyinEverson ...
  10. P

    new/old guy from Georgia.

    When I was younger I enjoyed the "Not enough goofy humor out here" thread. I'd like to know how to get back to it again. Can any one help me?:)
  11. Brutus57


    ENJOY, THESE ARE PRETTY FUNNY AND FITTING IN MANY CASES. Subject: Rules for Each Branch of the Military Marine Corps Rules: 1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one. 2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough. 3. Have a plan. 4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one...
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