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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...

2008-09-21 21:00:18

By Joan Aragone Remember Norman Cousins? The writer and editor was one of the first Americans to write about the connection between "mind and body." In a 1976 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Cousins described how he cured himself of a life-threatening condition by ignoring doctors' orders, including taking a variety of prescription drugs. He used laughter instead. Facing a dire prognosis, he tested ideas not accepted by the American medical establishment at the time --...

2008-08-04 15:00:35

By The Catherine Deveney Interview PAUL MERTON is an intense kind of man. That's not, by the way, subliminal code for 'nutty comedian'. The star of Have I Got News for You and Room 101 has been dogged by the notion of the performing depressive who makes his audience roar with laughter then scurries back to his dressing-room for a quick glug of gin and largactyl and a moody contemplation of his razor blades. No, Merton's intensity is more a sense of passion, of focus, of really caring about...

2008-07-28 06:00:00

THE QUESTION of whether laughter really is the best medicine is set to be answered at this year's Fringe. Comedian John Ryan has convinced a group of nurses to carry out health checks on the best stand-ups in the land. They will then try to assess whether their constant laughter has helped them to remain healthier than the average person, with one to be crowned Edinburgh's healthiest comedian. The health checks will be validated by health service representatives, and among the volunteers...

2008-07-22 12:00:47

Play 99.6 in Collaboration with Petra Aluminum Presents Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid in a Live Comedy Performance The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has traditionally welcomed original cultural events from across the globe. On August 11th and 12th, Play 99.6 continues that proud tradition by hosting the comedic duo Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid at The Courtyard in the Al-Qasr Metropole Hotel. In collaboration with Petra Aluminum and co- sponsors Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, the duo will...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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