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- Differences Between British and American Humor (Time.com)
Americans "applaud ambition and openly reward success. Brits are more comfortable with lifeís losers. We [Brits] embrace the underdog until itís no longer the underdog.We like to bring authority down a peg or two. Just for the hell of it." 11-11
- Education Issues - With Humor and Thoughtful Discussion (Faculty Shack)
Provides articles for high school teachers and administrators in a magazine format. "Our quarterly publication will provide teachers with a thoughtful and often humorous look at the realities teachers face. The journal will also serve as a clearinghouse for new approaches to classroom challenges. Finally, FacultyShack hopes to provide a forum for ongoing discussion of complex educational questions." 1-02
- Passover Resources (Elimelech David Ha-Levi Web)
Provides the "History and meaning of the Passover story, including preparing for Passover, the seder, recipes, foods, symbols, art, e-cards, humor, Sephardic and Ashkenazic Passover customs, and a translation into French. Includes Passover from a rabbi's perspective."
- Twain, Mark (Artzia.com)
"Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835-April 21, 1910), better known by pen name Mark Twain, was a famous and popular humorist, writer and lecturer. He was also a steamboat pilot, gold prospector and journalist. His classics Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are widely read in schools across the U.S., as well as in many other western countries. Also popular are The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court and the non-fictional Life on the Mississippi." 10-04
- Cosby, Bill (Biography.com)
"Although he has always avoided racial humor in his comedy, he began to speak out about portrayals of African Americans in American entertainment in the 1990s. Upon his 1994 induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, Cosby asked network television executives to 'stop this horrible massacre of images [of African Americans] that are being put on the screen now. I'm begging you, because it isn't us.' In 1998, Cosby was among five performers who were saluted at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. A ceremony was held at the Kennedy Center and was attended by President and Mrs. Clinton." 1-05
- Traditional Native American Stories (Giese)
"Aadizookaan -- means (in Anishinaabemowin, or Ojibwe language) 'a traditional story', what anthros and others seem to like calling legends or myths. These are -- or in their original, were -- often sacred. Those represnt large themes of human existence: where we came from, how we should live, reconcilliation to the tragedies of life, thankfulness There are smaller stories: teaching, humorous, answering 'Why?' questions about natural phenomena and behavior."
"Native myths, as opposed to tall tales and little stories for children, are not entertainment. It is important that you cite the source from which you transcribed it, the collector or non-Indian reteller-translator of the myth, and if given, the original teller. And, of course, the tribe."
"I think Native myths are meaningless removed from cultural context, but if there is any educational value to them, they must be identified with a specific people, time, and place." 8-05
- Planck Scale (Wikipedia.org)
"The Planck units are often semi-humorously referred to by physicists as 'God's units'. They eliminate anthropocentric arbitrariness from the system of units: some physicists believe that an extra-terrestrial intelligence might be expected to use the same system."
"At the 'Planck scales' in length, time, density, or temperature, one must consider both the effects of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Unfortunately this requires a theory of quantum gravity which does not yet exist."
"Most of the Planck units are either too small or too large for practical use, unless prefixed with large powers of ten." 01-06
- Cosby, Bill (Wikipedia.org)
"William Henry 'Bill' Cosby, Jr., Ed.D. (born July 12, 1937) is an American actor, comedian, television producer, and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a vanguard role in the 1960s action show I Spy. He later starred in his own series, The Bill Cosby Show, in the late 1960s. He was one of the major characters on the children's television show for its first two seasons, and created the humorous educational cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby also acted in numerous films, although none has received the acclaim of his television work." 1-05
- Bergman, Ingmar (MSNBC News)
"Master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest artists in cinema history, died Monday at his home on an island off the coast of Sweden. He was 89."
"Bergmanís dozens of works combined deep seriousness, indelible imagery and unexpected flashes of humor in finely written, inventively shot explorations of difficult subjects such as plague and madness." 07-07
- Laughter and Health (ScienceFriday.com)
"Can a good laugh have some of the same physiological effects as exercise? Speaking this week at the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, Lee Berk and colleagues reported that mirthful laughter "appears to modulate and may optimize the appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin" similar to physical exercise. The researchers studied the hormone levels in 14 healthy individuals who viewed either humorous or distressing video clips. We'll find out more." 04-10
- -001 Editorial: Why Pay Congress? (New York Times)
"If we careen over a cliff on Friday and the American government shuts down, hard-working federal workers will stop getting paychecks, but the members of Congress responsible for the shutdown are expected to be paid as usual."
"As the humorist Andy Borowitz wrote in a Twitter message: 'Thatís like eliminating the fire dept and sending checks to the arsonists.' "
"If members of Congress shut down government and trigger a new financial crisis, then they shouldnít just have their own pay docked. They should also learn the discipline of a market economy and be fired by the public that they are betraying." 04-11
- Top Debate Flubs (Time.com)
"To mark the first debate between the GOP front-runners in the campaign for 2012, TIME takes a look at debaters who haven't fared so well."
Editor's Note: The Kennedy-Nixon tape was subsequently altered with text suggesting, for humor, what the debaters were thinking. 06-11
- -0001 Katrina Survivors to Sandy Survivors: Your Life Before Isn't Coming Back (CNN News)
"Romero became a photographer after Katrina because words kept failing her. When she tried to talk about it, her words were inadequate."
" 'Understand that the life you had before something like this isn't coming back, and that's not always a bad thing,' she said. 'Discover and make yourself anew.' "
"Writer Michael Tisserand and his wife, Tami, took damage to their home in Katrina. They and their two kids -- now 11 and 14 -- moved in with a friend."
"You're going to need lightness. Your sense of humor will be tested. Use it a lot."
"Don't be afraid to give or receive help, he said. Don't sit inside." 11-12
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