The science of humour - what makes a good joke?
- While laughter has been shown not to be an entirely human trait, but a behavior shared by all great apes which can be traced back as far as 16 million years, it is still an indispensable part of human social structure. Some believe laughter to be the greatest medicine, alongside a goodâ€™s night sleep. Old wives tales aside, some researchers have sought to deconstruct humuor and learn what makes it tick, by studying what makes us tickle. Their findings show that the key to humour lies in a rather simple formula: humour = tragedy time or distance.