Dr. Didato's Quiz: What's So Funny?
DECEMBER 20, 1985 / MONTROSE VOICE 9
By Salvatore V. Didato, Ph.D.
News America Syndicate
Special to the Montrose Voice
If you have it, you're popular. If you don't,
you're shunned! We're talking about a
sense of humor—that distinctly human
quality which gives encouragement to others, keeps us sound in mind and body, and
generally makes life easier to bear.
To see humor in living is an innate
capacity. Infants usually respond to a
smile by the age of two months, and outright laughter appears about a month
later. Once we learn to chuckle, we do it (or
should learn to do it) for the rest of our
It's estimated that an average person
laughs 15 times a day. But reactions to
humor are highly variable and complex.
Regarding specific jokes, what to some
people is dull, to others is hilarious.
Our quiz gauges your sense of humor. To
find where you stand on this desirable
trait of young and old alike, take it, then
read on for explanations.
Rate yourself on these items as follows:
1—not true, 2—somewhat true, 3—very
I consider myself to be:
2. Socially aggressive
4. Above average in sex drive
Now pick what you consider to be the
funnier joke in each pair below:
5.A. "Which animals can jump higher
than a tree?" "All animals, trees can't
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B. "Waiter, what's this?" "Bean soup,
sir." "I don't care what it's been, I'm asking what it is now."
6.A. "If you don't stop playing that
horn, I'll go crazy." "Too late, I stopped an
B.Jane received three wrong phone calls
in one afternoon, each asking for Joe
Sanders. That evening, the phone rang
again and the caller announced: "Hello,
this is Joe Sanders. Are there any calls for
7.A. "Tell me how long cows should be
milked?" "They should be milked the
same as short ones."
B. "Do you know what happens to little
boys who tell lies?" "Yes, Mom. They
travel for half fare."
8.A. "A motorist who ran over a small
dog tried to console its owner by saying:
"I'll be happy to replace your pet." The
reply took only a second: "Sir, don't flatter
B. After an astronomy lecture, an
elderly matron asked nervously, "How
long did you say it would take for the sun
to burn out?" "Oh, about 5 billion years."
"Whew," replied the lady. "I thought you
There is not one satisfactory theory of
humor today. Science is just about where it
was centuries ago when philosophers tried
to explain it. Sigmund Freud, the psychoanalyst, was the first to form the theory of
humor. He finally concluded that humor
serves two purposes:
1. It is a mature ability used to repudiate
or lessen one's suffering and 2. It is a
release of pent-up or repressed drives and
Part 1—The first four items in our quiz
are traits which have been found to be
associated with persons who have a high
sense of humor. Total up your score for
Part 2—Items 5 through 8 consist of
jokes which were rated high or low on
funniness by using a panel of psychologist
judges fa common scientific method for
judging wit and humor). Give yourself two
points for all A answers and 1 point for all
B answers. Now, add up your points from
parts 1 and 2 to obtain your total quiz
Consider the following as a rough estimate of your sense of humor:
16-20 points. Keen as Johnny Carson.
11-15 points. Average as anyone else.
0-10 points. Move over, Count Dracula.
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