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2010-01-25 17:08:12

Here's a piece of research that might leave you tickled: laughter is a universal language, according to new research. The study, conducted with people from Britain and Namibia, suggests that basic emotions such as amusement, anger, fear and sadness are shared by all humans. Everybody shares the vast majority of their genetic makeup with each other, meaning that most of our physical characteristics are similar. We all share other attributes, too, such as having complex systems of communication...

2009-12-01 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced the honorees of the 2009 WebMD Health Heroes awards. The fourth annual WebMD Health Heroes honor Americans with extraordinary stories of personal courage and perseverance, who lead an effort to help others achieve better health. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091201/NY18114 ) "WebMD is honoring its 2009 Health Heroes for their...

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2009-10-14 10:58:57

Laughter is an emotional expression that is innate in human beings. This means laughing at others is also believed to be a universal phenomenon. However, the fear of being laughed at causes some people enormous problems in their social lives. This is known as gelotophobia, a disorder that affects people in all cultures alike. What is the difference between a shy person and another who suffers from gelotophobia? One of the aims of a study published recently in the scientific journal Humor,...

2009-08-10 12:34:27

Seeing a smile, or reading about the verb to smile can activate the muscles in the face that make that expression, Dutch researchers found. Francesco Foroni from VU University in Amsterdam and Gun R. Semin of the University of Utrecht conducted an experiment with a group of students. They had the students read a series of emotion verbs -- to smile, to cry -- and adjectives -- funny, frustrating -- on a monitor, while the activity of the muscle responsible for smiles and the muscle causing...

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2009-06-04 15:10:00

When researchers set out to study the origins of human laughter, some gorillas and chimps were literally tickled to assist. The scientists tickled 22 young orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, as well as three human infants, then acoustically analyzed the laughing sounds they produced.  The results led researchers to conclude that people and great apes inherited laughter from a common ancestor that lived more than 10 million years ago. Although the vocalizations varied, the...

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2009-04-21 17:03:38

The schizophrenic musician whose life is portrayed in The Soloist won't watch the new Hollywood film because it is too disturbing for him, his friend said. The movie is based on actual events and stars Jamie Foxx as homeless musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles Times columnist who befriends Ayers and brings attention to his talent. The real-life Lopez told the New York Post that Ayers attended the premiere of the film about his life, but kept...

2009-04-15 13:38:50

If a future in-law offers to show the old family photo album take them up on it, because it may predict divorce, a U.S. researcher advises. In a study of yearbook pictures, an e-mail invitation sent to approximately 18,000 alumni resulted in 428 people completing an online questionnaire, with 79 individuals removed due to no yearbook photos. The remaining sample of 225 females and 124 males who graduated between 1948-2005 ranged in age from 21 to 81, 96 percent Caucasian. All photos for an...

2009-02-04 12:17:00

"Healthy Humor: Hitting the Wellness Jackpot!" April 2-5, 2009, The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Healthy humor is serious business, often medically necessary, and a time-honored teaching tool. This application of positive, benevolent and non-hostile humor has been shown to reduce stress, make learning easier, and contribute to the process of "healing the hurt." So say the humor and laughter professionals in AATH - the...

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2008-11-29 09:06:03

Laughter intensified at Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center as the off-color anecdotes bounced around the room, with some reciting jokes from memory while others read from journals.  The participants were cancer patients, some in advanced stages of the disease, taking part in Montefiore Hospital's monthly "Strength Through Laughter" therapy.   It is one of several types of "humor therapy" being offered by medical facilities throughout the nation for patients diagnosed with...

2008-10-12 15:00:15

By J. PEDER ZANE Soaring gas prices, flooding rains, market meltdowns, mindless campaigns and mosquitoes here, there, everywhere - smack! I don't know about you, but I could use a good laugh. To wit: A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, a joke?" Ba-dum! What do a hurricane and a divorce in West Virginia have in common? Somebody's gonna lose a trailer. Ba-ding! A lady flies to Boston eager to enjoy a plate of the fish the city is...


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  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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