humour

tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement

Humour (Commonwealth English) or humor (American English) is the tendency of 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 (such as a pun or joke)—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 a more mature audience.
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3. Life, the Universe and Everything

1982 book by Douglas Adams

author: Douglas Adams

1982

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

novel by Mark Twain

author: Mark Twain
illustrator: E. W. Kemble

1884 or 1885

Dans la combi de Thomas Pesquet

comic book about astronautics

author: Marion Montaigne

2017

The Zombie Survival Guide

book by Max Brooks

author: Max Brooks

2003 or 2008

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