Your sense of humor says a lot about you. For example, if you think comedy peaked with Monty Python, you're likely a huge nerd, or perhaps just old. If you describe your own comedy as "edgy," you're probably a jerk. If you find PewDiePie hilarious, you could have a medical condition doctors refer to as "terminal incorrectness." But these are merely condescending knee-jerk judgments on our part. There are in fact some objective things your sense of humor can tell us about the state of your mind. Obviously, none of them are good.
6Love Cringe-Inducing Puns? You Might Have Brain Damage
If you think puns are the absolute pinnacle of humor, you're probably an internet commenter. Thanks for all the input! We got you a gift: It's life-altering brain damage!
It's called "Witzelsucht," which is hopefully German, or else somebody sneezed while typing up that entry in the medical dictionary. For five years, "Derek" would wake his wife up at night to berate her with stupid puns he thought were genius. She convinced him to go to a doctor, which must've been an awkward conversation. "Your jokes are so terrible that something is medically wrong with you," is rarely received well. They discovered that two strokes had damaged Derek's frontal lobe in such a way as to turn him into a Redditor.
Don't see how this is funny in any way? Clearly, you haven't suffered enough strokes.
Damage to the areas of the brain responsible for analytical processing means that Witzelsucht sufferers not only find the simplest jokes hilarious -- namely, slapstick and puns -- but are also unable to "get" more complex forms of humor. In other news, we've discovered the reason nobody thinks we're funny anymore. You have all suffered a series of complicated strokes. Really, it's the only logical answer.
5Difficulty Detecting Sarcasm? Could Be Early Stages Of Dementia
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According to linguist John Haiman at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, sarcasm is "practically the primary language" of modern society. Aside from the worrying implication that we might all be dicks, there's another problem: Processing sarcasm uses up precious brainpower. When a stranger at the bus stop notices your orthopedic Keds and tells you, "Nice shoes," your brain has to not only process the words themselves, but then factor in his tone of voice, the context, and his body language. If you're not particularly quick on the uptake, by the time your brain finishes deciphering that puzzle and forms an appropriate response -- namely, "Hey, fuck you, buddy" -- you may find that the man has already left. Along with your bus. And most of your dignity.
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Your first hint should've been that not even the CEO of Keds would call those things "nice."
It may not be your fault, though. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco discovered that people with frontotemporal dementia have a particularly hard time detecting sarcasm. Not only that, but other neurological conditions, such as autism, head injuries, brain lesions, schizophrenia, or even a stroke, could be behind your inability to understand teenagers. In other words, the fact that your mom keeps taking articles from The Onion literally may be indicative of a more serious problem than you thought.
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"Hi, Shady Springs Retirement home? Mom's ranting about the abortionplex again. I think it's time."