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Filed under: Linkage,News — Erwin @ 2:20 am

Maybe this explains (New Scientist) why M is much more hooked on comics than I am:

Women get more of a buzz out of cartoons, a brain-imaging study has found, with their brains feeling more rewarded by a funny joke than those of men.


In particular, women appear to have a lower expectation that the cartoon will be funny than men. “Women appear to have less expectation of a reward, which in this case was the punch line of the cartoon. So when they got to the joke’s punch line, they were more pleased about it,” says Allan Reiss, one of the study’s authors, at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, US.

Ah, my fellow countrymen are at it again (Times Online):

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that the tendency to be persistently lonely is partially inherited, and not caused entirely by shyness or poor social skills.

The research, conducted by the Free University, Amsterdam, was based on data from more than 4,000 pairs of twins in the Netherlands who had been studied since 1991.

Feeling lonely tonight? Blame your parents!

You have to read this one (CNN) to believe it:

Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting “intelligent design” and warned them Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck.

In other news, there have been an unusually high number of lightning strikes in the Dover area recently… 😉

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