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Reads tagged with “humor”

Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms
Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms

From breakups to bonuses to bathroom breaks, infographic distillation of the truths and fictions behind stereotypes.

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July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s All-Girl Science Rock Band
July 18, 1992: The First Photo Uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s All-Girl Science Rock Band

Love and science set to song, from quarks to colliders.

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The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation
The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation

“Our life has become so mechanized and electronified that one needs some kind of an elixir to make it bearable at all. And what is this elixir if not humor?”

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Mark Twain on Masturbation
Mark Twain on Masturbation

“If you must gamble away your life sexually, don’t play a Lone Hand too much.”

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Comedy Godmother Phyllis Diller on What Every Comedian Needs and How a Great Joke Works
Comedy Godmother Phyllis Diller on What Every Comedian Needs and How a Great Joke Works

“Edit. If one word can do the work of five, now you’re talking.”

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From a Gentleman to a Lady: A Clever Cryptographic Love Letter from the 1850s
From a Gentleman to a Lady: A Clever Cryptographic Love Letter from the 1850s

“…dropped from the pocket of a young man who is very well known in sporting circles.”

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Amusingly Cryptic Warning Signs from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Autotuned
Amusingly Cryptic Warning Signs from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Autotuned

A serendipitous adventure in science communication.

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Rejection as Creative Catalyst: A Lesson in Entrepreneurship from <em>New Yorker</em> Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff
Rejection as Creative Catalyst: A Lesson in Entrepreneurship from New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

A tale of finding art in the absurd and entrepreneurial spark in the rejected.

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The Dreadnought Hoax: Young Virginia Woolf and Her Bloomsbury Posse Prank the Royal Navy in Drag and a Turban
The Dreadnought Hoax: Young Virginia Woolf and Her Bloomsbury Posse Prank the Royal Navy in Drag and a Turban

How a small group of literary twenty-somethings pulled off “the most daring hoax in history.”

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The Future of Love: Malcolm Cowley’s 1930 Parodic Prediction for the Age of Data
The Future of Love: Malcolm Cowley’s 1930 Parodic Prediction for the Age of Data

The Stimulus and the Response go on a date.

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