Thursday, November 6, 2008

Have You Noticed, Conservatives Are Funnier Than Liberals! That's if You Ignore Reality and Believe New Study

I didn't think I'd ever hear the question "which political party has the best sense of humor" again after the disastrous Fox News channels feeble attempt at cloning the Daily Show, but a recent study has turned up a surprise conclusion. Conservatives are funnier! I guess those "n-word/illegal alien, kill the liberals now" jokes weren't so out of date and tasteless after all.

Strangely, WTMJ's conservative fringe talk host Charlie Sykes feebly takes up the studies wacky conclusions on his blog, Sykes Writes. What's sad here is that conservatives need a study to convince people they have a sense of humor.


Media and academics shocked to learn that conservatives are not only more cheerful... but have a better sense of humor.

Dan Ariely, a psychologist at Duke University, and Elisabeth Malin, a student at Mount Holyoke College came to this conclusion from their own recent study:
“Conservatives are supposed to be more rigid and less sophisticated, but they liked even the more complex humor.”

Rod Martin, the author of “The Psychology of Humor,” said the results of the Boston study might reflect another trait that has been shown to correlate with a taste for jokes: cheerfulness.

“Conservatives tend to be happier than liberals in general,” said Dr. Martin, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario. “A conservative outlook rationalizes social inequality, accepting the world as it is, and making it less of a threat to one’s well-being, whereas a liberal outlook leads to dissatisfaction with the world as it is, and a sense that things need to change before one can be really happy.”

That was a nice little journey through the looking glass wasn't it? Sykes also posted this comedy video taking a shot at what a future U.S. would look like after 8 years of an Obama presidency. It's the only known example of "conservative humor."

It's actually pretty funny...enjoy.

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