Funny is in the eye of the beholder

My first ever caption contest submission

Since reviewing Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to enter the New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest.  (See my review of the Play section here).

It should be no surprise that the finalists aren’t necessarily the ones you’d consider the funniest, as humor is a product of our cultural and family backgrounds. I have no idea how many vote each week, and can only guess at the profile of New Yorker readers.  What is awesome is that you can see all 200 or so entries in any given week here, and order a t-shirt with your favorite caption.  The creativity is phenomenal, and I think this is a great way to get a laugh and revel in the collective brilliance of humanity.

Hope you enjoy everyone’s entries.  You can vote on this week’s entries today.  Felt like a good way to brighten up a Monday 🙂

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Exercising A Whole New Mind: Play

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try to have this much fun!

Kids are so good at play.  Their ability to experience such unadulterated joy just running around and laughing is a pure delight.  We could all do with more of this.  Not only will you live a longer, more enjoyable life, you might actually work better too.

Turns out video games can be good for you too.  The US Army is finding they help with perception, the medical industry is finding they can be used for simulations.

And a little humor can help ease tense situations and help everyone get along.  Who doesn’t like where this is going?

In terms of the exercises, I’m not convinced by the laughter club, the humor scale, or joke dissection. There are many game recommendations but I’m always scared to try new games, because I know if I like it, I’ll end up staying up all night playing it.  He does recommend two specifically for developing the right brain: Right Brain Game and Right Brain Paradise that I would like to look at.

Cartoon Captions: one more reason to subscribe to the New Yorker: playing the captions game.  BTW, about 2 years ago we received a gift subscription with a KQED membership and it soon became one of my favorite magazines – we have been subscribing ever since – the covers are brilliant, the writers are incredible (definitely something to aspire too), and I love the film, TV and book reviews.

Watch Kids Play: this is a winner.  The energy, laughter and joy are infectious (at least until you or they get tired).

Tomorrow we finish the series with Meaning.  I’m also going to post on FailCon as there were some good adds to my 10 Years, 10 Lessons series.