I want to know: Does laughter cause gene expression? This is a question I have never heard asked. If there is a psychologist or neuroscientist in the audience who knows if this question has ever been asked, I want to know that, also. The answer is certainly, Yes. Of course, there are genes constantly activated by everything we do. But are there specific genes associated with laughter? This is not a subtle question, such as the difference between humor and laughter. I am talking about Hee-Haw, robust, in yer face, I can’t stop laughing, lol catz!
Oct 22 2008
Aug 14 2008
This letter was recently sent by Tesco’s Head Office to a customer in Glasgow:
Dear Mrs. McTavish,
While we thank you for your valued custom and use of the Tesco Loyalty
Card, I am considering banning you and your family from shopping with us unless
your husband modifies his behaviour. Below is a list of offences over the past few months, all verified by our
June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s
trolleys when they weren’t looking.
July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute
July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to feminine
July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official tone,
‘Code 3 in Housewares’….. and watched what happened.
August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.
September 15: Set up a tent in the outdoor clothing department and told
shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring sausages and a Calor gas
September 23: When the deputy manager asked if she could help him, he
began to cry and asked, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’
November 10: While appearing to be choosing kitchen knives in the
Housewares aisle, asked an assistant if he knew where the antidepressants
December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously, loudly humming the
‘Mission Impossible’ theme.
December 6: In the Kitchenware aisle, practised the ‘Madonna look’
using an assortment of funnels.
December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed, yelled out
‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’
December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, assumed
the foetal position and screamed ‘NO! NO! It’s those voices again!’
And last, but not least:
December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited a while and
then yelled, very loudly, ‘There’s no toilet paper in here!’