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How Laughter Fixed a Classroom

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:37 PM

"Never smile before Christmas."

That's the notorious slogan shared with aspiring teachers in Teacher's college, even today. The thinking is that you must scare children a little and keep them in an atmosphere of contrived seriousness or they'll "walk all over you" as one teacher's blog puts it.

No...

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World Laughter Day: How a Laughing Fit Sparked an International Movement

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:29 PM

Can forced laughter create real laughter?

Strangely, the answer is yes. Yes, you can literally fake your way to an authentic laughing fit, or perhaps a fit of embarrassment if it doesn't work out well.

This is intriguing because it implies you can laugh anytime you want. And there...

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Can We Humanize Lawyers, or Are the Jokes Too Funny?

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Q: Why won't sharks attack lawyers?
A: Professional courtesy.

"Lawyer." These days just the word conjures up jokes.

Type "Lawyer Jokes" into Google and you get "About 2,760,000 results. "Suddenly you'll see pages and pages of sites dedicated to them. Most of the lawyer jokes portray lawyers as...

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