The Ultimate Laughter Quiz
by Staff
When was the last time you laughed? Chances are, you've already done it today. Laughter has social, psychological and physiological functions -- some researchers are even looking to use laughs in therapy. Test who will have the last laugh: you or the Ultimate Laughter Quiz.

What's the term for the recorded laughs played during comical moments on sitcoms and other TV shows?

  • a laugh track
  • a laugher box
  • a laugh-o-tron

Are people more likely to laugh by themselves or around others?

  • by themselves
  • around other people
  • Research shows there's no difference.

We all know that hysterical feeling when someone tickles us, but it's a whole different story if you try to do it yourself. Why is it so hard to tickle yourself?

  • There's no unease or tension.
  • Our cerebellums automatically distinguish expected versus unexpected sensations.
  • Both are correct.

How many times per day does the average adult laugh?

  • 7
  • 17
  • 27

Which of the following responses does NOT usually result from a hearty laugh?

  • increased blood flow
  • more difficulties sleeping
  • increased antibodies

Laughter has apparently found the funny bones of scientists, because there's a field of study devoted to it. What is the study of laughter called?

  • philematology
  • gelotology
  • psychophysiology

Which of the following is a fair representation of the relationship between laughing and exercise?

  • laughing once = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike
  • laughing 10 times = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike
  • laughing 100 times = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike

Is it true that laughter is contagious?

  • yes
  • no
  • It depends on the strength of your immune system.

Humor varies among people, but what is one of the larger factors that accounts for this difference?

  • education
  • geographic area
  • age

People who frequently laugh:

  • live longer
  • can block stress better
  • aren't any better off than people who don't laugh

Which movie popularized the use of humor as a way to treat illness?

  • 'Critical Care'
  • 'John Q'
  • 'Patch Adams'

What is the punctuation effect?

  • when people laugh at the same time
  • when people tend to laugh during natural pauses in speech
  • when one person laughs and everyone else stops talking

Scientists have successfully pinpointed laughter in which region of the brain?

  • the frontal lobe
  • the limbic system
  • Research has found that brain activity during laughter expands across multiple regions of the brain.

People use the phrase "I almost died laughing" to express the hilarity of a certain situation. The reality is:

  • that no one has died while laughing (at least that we know of)
  • that laughing is a common cause of death
  • that a few people are reported to have died while laughing

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for laughter?

  • mirth
  • ennui
  • guffaw

Which of the following animal species is NOT known for its "laughterlike" vocalizations?

  • giraffes
  • kookaburras
  • hyenas

Though laughter spans across the brain, researchers found that one portion evoked loud and uncontrollable laughter. Which part is it?

  • the corpus callosum
  • the amygdala
  • the hypothalamus

After a hearty laugh, you sometimes cough or hiccup. What are the advantages of these actions?

  • They can clear up headaches.
  • They can dislodge excess mucus.
  • There are no advantages to coughing or hiccupping.

On average, when do babies start to laugh?

  • after a baby's first smile
  • usually at around 2 months of age
  • Both are true.

Which character from the TV show "The Simpsons" is known for his two-syllable, blunt laugh?

  • Nelson Muntz
  • Ned Flanders
  • Bart Simpson