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Researchers Demonstrate Rare Animal Model For Depression
2011-10-25 03:17:19

Washington State University researchers have taken a promising step toward creating an animal model for decoding the specific brain circuits involved in depression. By electrically stimulating a brain region central to an animal´s primary emotions, graduate student Jason Wright and his advisor Jaak Panksepp saw rats exhibit a variety of behaviors associated with a depressed, negative mood, or affect.   "We might now have a model that allows us to actually know where to look in the...

2011-09-30 07:00:00

The makers of âœThe Gift of Laughterâ aim to increase heart health thanks to the benefits of authentic laughter achieved through their iPhone / iPad app thatâs now only 99¢. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) September 30, 2011 Leaving the stress and anger of the world behind can be very beneficial to health. According to research presented last month at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Paris, laughter can have a significant impact...

Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine
2011-09-14 12:48:56

  A new study has revealed that laughter might actually be the best medicine after all. Oxford University researchers found that volunteers were able to withstand 10 percent more pain when they spent 15 minutes watching comedy videos beforehand. The team split two groups of volunteers up for the study, one group who watched the videos, and another who watched "boring" programs before. The scientists found that the group who watched 15 minutes of "boring" programs were less...

2011-05-18 06:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For twenty years, On-Camera Audiences, Hollywood's leading provider of live television audiences, has filled a role that most people don't even know exists - connecting devoted fans with the television shows they love, and putting their faces on camera. Today, OCA is taking it to another level by connecting fans through their new social website. Two decades ago, television audiences had one role: to provide the laugh track. Today's fans want to...

2011-04-04 07:00:00

CHICAGO, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Laughing Cow® family of products, a leading U.S. brand of portion-controlled snack cheeses including Mini Babybel® cheese and The Laughing Cow® cheese wedges, announced Friday the launch of its Life Well Laughed Project. With the help of cheese lovers across the country, The Laughing Cow® will donate up to $500,000 to health and wellness initiatives. "The Laughing...

2011-04-01 10:30:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April Fools' Day, Cindy Gendrich's Wake Forest University students may have an advantage when planning practical jokes. In the theater professor's first-year seminar, "Why Do People Laugh?" they have serious discussions about what causes giggles and guffaws. Practical jokes are not a guaranteed way to generate laughter, Gendrich said. "Lots of theorists have observed that compassion is the enemy of humor -- from the Greeks...

2011-02-22 21:22:37

Want to keep your boss happy? Smile at your customers. Want to keep yourself happy and productive? Smile like you mean it. A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts "“ such as a tropical vacation or a child's recital "“ improve their mood and withdraw less....

2011-02-02 10:11:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's like "Candid Camera" in a book. Whether it is being used at a dinner party, at the office, or for overnight guests, Gary Gotberg and Jack Marino's utterly ridiculous collection of "How To" and "Self Help" prank book covers is sure to add a good deal of laughter, surprise, and fun to the mix. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110202/NE41138 ) Most books have only one cover, but this book has 93 covers, any one of which can be used to...

2011-02-02 07:40:00

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Laffy Laffalot, with its bright orange body, big engaging eyes and smile, features 20 pre-programmed buttons with hilarious belly laughs, silly giggles, snorts and more. Laughter is contagious, and Laffy Laffalot gets everyone in a room laughing instantly with its built-in speaker and MP3 sound quality. Laffy Laffalot's most unique features include four buttons that allow loved ones to record custom messages, and a hilarious helium effect...

2011-01-16 00:23:17

January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day. Celebrate the great gift of laughter. On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World. Lake Oswego, OR (PRWEB) January 14, 2011 Celebrate the great gift of laughter on Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24. Laughs and smiles transform moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the 7 continents. On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time) people around the world smile,...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'