How Pop Culture Can Help Us (Appropriately) Find Humor In 9/11

September 11, 2014 10:26 PM

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At the University of Colorado, Dr. Peter McGraw runs the Humor Research Lab, a group that tries to empirically prove what's funny and what's not. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, his group researched a trend: when is too soon to joke about tragedy?

"We found that those jokes started to rise in humor and peaked at about 36 days," McGraw told host Ricky Camilleri in a HuffPost Live conversation Thursday. "And then what we found was something interesting: with the further passage of time, then humorous responses decreased. There's sort of sweet s...

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