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Don't Be Silly, Hello Kitty Is a Cat

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Earlier today, numerous websites reported that Hello Kitty is not a cat. That's not only an oversimplification, it's also not quite true. Hello Kitty is a feline--just an anthropomorphic one, Sanrio told Kotaku.
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Why Do Comedians Become Comedians?

Why Do Comedians Become Comedians? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Childhood experiences of comedians
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excerpt: "Overall, there were no differences in the way comedians describe how their parents treated them, compared to the students’ sample. This means that there is no support to the claim that parents were overprotecting comedians or didn’t give them enough care."

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Paris Review - The Art of Humor No. 2, Garrison Keillor

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The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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interview excerpt: " I write for a radio show that, no matter what, will go on the air Saturday at five o’clock central time. You learn to write toward that deadline, to let the adrenaline pick you up on Friday morning and carry you through, to cook up a monologue about Lake Wobegon and get to the theater on time. That can be pleasurable, but only if the material you write is good. If it’s not, you’re filled with self-loathing. If the material is good and funny, you still loathe yourself, of course, for writing comedy and lighthearted fluff instead of writing serious and loathsome fiction, but . . . What was your question?"
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Homonyms vs "Drawmonyms" from Wrong Hands a thinker's comic

Homonyms vs "Drawmonyms" from  Wrong Hands a thinker's comic | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Posts about Homonyms written by Wrong Hands

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THE SIX TYPES OF WRITERS

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Space Cadet
Weird Recluse
Greasy Palm
Angry Young Man
Ray of Sunshine
Bitter Failure


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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 16, 2013 7:09 PM

Try the quiz and find out which kind you are.

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Comedians’ Smarts, Humor, and Creativity

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How intelligent are stand-up comedians?

 

Overall, the results of this study suggest that professional stand-up comedians are a distinct vocational group: they score higher on all humor styles, on humor ability, and on verbal intelligence than college students, but they also show different patterns of correlations between Big Five personality traits and humor styles, and a discrepancy between on-stage persona and private personality. Comedians’ professional success depends not just on their short-term spontaneous humor production ability, but also on their long-term skill, dedication, and ambition in crafting and refining an effective act that can be modulated for different audiences in different cities with different tastes, traits, backgrounds, and levels of inebriation. It also depends upon their fluent, strategic use of affiliative humor and self-deprecating humor when interacting with club managers, booking agents, and other comedians.

 
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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

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Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 2, 2014 3:12 PM

After 50 years of film making Billy Wilder shares his top 10 storytelling tips.

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The 20 songs the Beatles wrote about Social Media engagement

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from the blog: "I know that a lot of people comment on how far ahead of their time the Beatles were, especially John, who was one of the first rock stars I know of to use fame to actually try to change the world. However, what *very* few people realize is that the Beatles actually wrote a lot of their songs about Social Media, which seems weird since it didn’t exist yet. Even weirder is that a lot of the songs they wrote dealt with engagement online, which I mean…it works out great for me and my Engagement Series, but who woulda thunk??

You don’t believe they were that far ahead of their times, eh? Oh ye cynics. Well, alright. Let me lay this out for you."

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Most Things (Even Funny Things) Aren't Funny

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These strategies might not turn you into the next Chris Rock or even the life of the party. But considering how humor has been shown to improve people's happiness, making life funnier, even just a little bit, is surely worthwhile.
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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s strange and fruitful life

For “Weird Al” Yankovic, life is certainly good. After 13 albums and 30 years in the business of musical satire, he’s just released the bestselling record of his career.

It’s not exactly what the 14-year-old Alfred Matthew, writing goofy ditties on the accordion in his Lynwood bedroom back in the mid-1970s, might have imagined.

 


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