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#1 Apr 24 2014 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
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Chicago eked out first place over Boston as the most funny of the 50 biggest US cities.

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Researchers describe Chicago’s humor profile as improvisational and situation-based, rather than traditional jokes. The city is known as a mecca for improv and stand-up, the study notes.


Why are the all the unfunny cities in the south - excessive heat, lack of snow, education levels? What's your theory.

The list according to a couple humor scholars:
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Top of the list:
Chicago
Boston
Atlanta
Washington, D.C.
Portland
New York
Los Angeles
Denver
San Francisco
Seattle

Bottom of the list (They are all in the south, by the way.) :

El Paso
Tucson, Ariz.
Las Vegas
Virginia Beach
Tulsa
Arlington
San Antonio
Miami
Jacksonville, Fla.
Fort Worth

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#2 Apr 24 2014 at 12:14 PM Rating: Good
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Arizona near the bottom of the list? Color me shocked.
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#3 Apr 24 2014 at 12:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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Being broke and/or old ain't funny.

Edited, Apr 24th 2014 3:15pm by Uglysasquatch
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#4 Apr 24 2014 at 12:31 PM Rating: Good
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Las Vegas seems to be the weird one out. The top of the list seems to be highly desirable tourist destinations/major travel hubs where people can take the chance to open up comedy clubs to draw in the sucker dollar. I guess it could be canceled out by people being depressed over all the money they lose there.

Edited, Apr 24th 2014 2:32pm by lolgaxe
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Elinda wrote:
Chicago eked out first place over Boston as the most funny of the 50 biggest US cities.

I see they use all sorts of weirdo metrics but I'm not surprised. The number of Second City alumni alone out in the wild is pretty ridiculous. Although the article states that Colbert started with Second City but I think he actually got started with Lookingglass. Or maybe he did both -- I'm no expert I just remember hearing "unlike many others who started with Second City..." when he was announced to replace Letterman.
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#6 Apr 24 2014 at 3:38 PM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Why are the all the unfunny cities in the south - excessive heat, lack of snow, education levels? What's your theory.

The list according to a couple humor scholars:
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Top of the list:
Chicago
Boston
Atlanta
Washington, D.C.
Portland
New York
Los Angeles
Denver
San Francisco
Seattle

Bottom of the list (They are all in the south, by the way.) :

El Paso
Tucson, Ariz.
Las Vegas
Virginia Beach
Tulsa
Arlington
San Antonio
Miami
Jacksonville, Fla.
Fort Worth


Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit? I like to make fun of folks "in the south" as much as the next guy, but you're using a pretty broad definition of "south" here. People don't normally consider anything West of Texas (and usually not even Texas) to be "South". Certainly not in the same context as say Jacksonville (or Atlanta, btw, which is in the top 10). Geographically speaking, Los Angeles is more "south" than Vegas, Fresno, Tulsa, Arlington, and Virginia Beach. That's half of the list we're supposed to call "the south".

I'm thinking you're seeing a pattern which isn't there.
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#7 Apr 24 2014 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
People don't normally consider anything West of Texas (and usually not even Texas) to be "South".
Arguably, people don't normally consider anything west of Texas at all.
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gbaji wrote:
Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit? I like to make fun of folks "in the south" as much as the next guy, but [blah blah blah blah]
I'm thinking you're seeing a pattern which isn't there.

I see why San Diego ranked #20
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#9 Apr 24 2014 at 3:57 PM Rating: Good
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I have no idea why Atlanta is so high.
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#10 Apr 24 2014 at 5:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, half of those southern cities aren't even in the south. Las Vegas? Tulsa? El Paso? Tuscon?
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#12 Apr 24 2014 at 5:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, maybe, but we don't want El Paso.
#13 Apr 24 2014 at 6:16 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, maybe, but we don't want El Paso.
How about Arkansas and Kentucky?
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#14 Apr 24 2014 at 8:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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Kentucky is kinda meh and to be honest, I forgot all about Arkansas.
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The top "funny" cities also lead the nation in gang violence and murder. Guess nothing says funny like gangs, violence and murder.
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The top "funny" cities also lead the nation in gang violence and murder.

Portland?
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#17 Apr 24 2014 at 8:57 PM Rating: Good
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Did they change the spelling of Flint and Detroit, Michigan again?
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The top "funny" cities also lead the nation in gang violence and murder.

Portland?


Oh yeah? Well how about this? :
http://www.katu.com/news/local/Gang-task-force-conducts-raids-across-Portland-metro-area-240314071.html

The article clearly states that in their 8 month "Gang sweep" they arrested 10 people. That's more than 1 a month!
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#19 Apr 25 2014 at 6:15 AM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit? I like to make fun of folks "in the south" as much as the next guy, but [blah blah blah blah]
I'm thinking you're seeing a pattern which isn't there.

I see why San Diego ranked #20
Without Gbaji it would probably be a good 10 spots higher up in the list.

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Self depreciating jokes?
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#20 Apr 25 2014 at 6:40 AM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:

Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit?
No. I injected the 'top of the list' and 'bottom of the list' because my copy/paste didn't transfer the numbers.

All the cities mentioned are in the bottom half of the US. Virginia Beach is the only locale I'd question as being categorized as south. Where you live isn't relevant.




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#21 Apr 25 2014 at 6:41 AM Rating: Good
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Deprecating, you mean. And they can never be self deprecating enough.
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#22 Apr 25 2014 at 7:40 AM Rating: Good
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I have no idea why Atlanta is so high.
Self depreciating jokes?
Medicinal.
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#23 Apr 25 2014 at 7:19 PM Rating: Default
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Elinda wrote:
gbaji wrote:

Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit?
No. I injected the 'top of the list' and 'bottom of the list' because my copy/paste didn't transfer the numbers.


So this part was written by you?

Elinda wrote:
Bottom of the list (They are all in the south, by the way.) :


So that "no", should be a "yes"? Or did I miss where in the original source they mentioned that the least funny cities in the list were all "in the south"? It would not be the first time.

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All the cities mentioned are in the bottom half of the US.


Which, as I mentioned earlier, is not normally what people are referring to when they say something is "in the south", or "from the south". They're usually referring to the states that formed the Confederate States during the Civil war and/or those state which were Slave States and/or south of the Mason-Dixon line (and East of the Mississippi).

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Virginia Beach is the only locale I'd question as being categorized as south. Where you live isn't relevant.


You said "the south", which usually carries a very specific connotation. Coupled with a topic that spoke to culture and attitude, that connotation is strengthened. But you applied it to locations that don't match up at all. I just found it strange. If you weren't talking about "the south" in a social kind of way, but really were just talking about latitude, then what exactly was the point you were making? What's the relevance?
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#24 Apr 25 2014 at 8:00 PM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
Elinda wrote:
gbaji wrote:

Did you inject the whole "unfunny cities are in the south" bit?
No. I injected the 'top of the list' and 'bottom of the list' because my copy/paste didn't transfer the numbers.


So this part was written by you?

Elinda wrote:
Bottom of the list (They are all in the south, by the way.) :


So that "no", should be a "yes"? Or did I miss where in the original source they mentioned that the least funny cities in the list were all "in the south"? It would not be the first time.

Here's the original source for the quote. I had to do a lot of facebook scrolling to find it. But I'm having wine so it was a doable task. Not being at all familiar with Keranews I linked to a more notable source in the OP. Sorry for the confusion.

I had actually considered deleting that part as well, but scanned the list and found it to be an accurate enough observation so left it there. Probably to try and ruffle a feather.

1+ me. Smiley: smile
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#25 Apr 25 2014 at 8:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Lol! Why didn't you link to that in the first place (or, I suppose I could read your entire post. doh!)? I was confused because I didn't see that comment anywhere on the link you provided, but you included it in the quote in your post. Now it all makes sense. I will properly direct my ire at them now. Smiley: clown

Edited, Apr 25th 2014 7:19pm by gbaji
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I thought we had gone through this before, but I see we need a refresher course. The south is TN, MS, AL, LA, GA, NC, SC. Edges of the south are AR, KY and VA. In extreme circumstances, and usually mostly in the past, MD was considered part of the south because the Mason-Dixie line is technically north of it. FL might be in the southern part of the US, but it is a northern state. TX is it's own, no one wants it. NM and AZ are the west.
#27 Apr 26 2014 at 12:11 AM Rating: Good
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Which, as I mentioned earlier, is not normally what people are referring to when they say something is "in the south", or "from the south". They're usually referring to the states that formed the Confederate States during the Civil war and/or those state which were Slave States and/or south of the Mason-Dixon line (and East of the Mississippi).
With those delineations I would think "Deep South".

Texas is full of yokels who talks all funny and drag black folks to death behind their pick-up trucks, so, yeah "South".
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I see why San Diego ranked #20

I take it back. Now I'm actually amazed that San Diego managed to do as well as #20. There much be some super funny guy in that town making up the deficit.
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#29 Apr 26 2014 at 7:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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I thought we had gone through this before, but I see we need a refresher course.
I found this visual aid.
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#30 Apr 27 2014 at 7:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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Nadenu wrote:
I thought we had gone through this before, but I see we need a refresher course.
I found this visual aid.

That helps a little...
#31 Apr 27 2014 at 9:41 PM Rating: Good
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I thought we had gone through this before, but I see we need a refresher course. The south is TN, MS, AL, LA, GA, NC, SC. Edges of the south are AR, KY and VA. In extreme circumstances, and usually mostly in the past, MD was considered part of the south because the Mason-Dixie line is technically north of it. FL might be in the southern part of the US, but it is a northern state. TX is it's own, no one wants it. NM and AZ are the west.


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Which, as I mentioned earlier, is not normally what people are referring to when they say something is "in the south", or "from the south". They're usually referring to the states that formed the Confederate States during the Civil war and/or those state which were Slave States and/or south of the Mason-Dixon line (and East of the Mississippi).
With those delineations I would think "Deep South".

Texas is full of yokels who talks all funny and drag black folks to death behind their pick-up trucks, so, yeah "South".


Get back to me when you guys can come to a consensus. But in the meantime, I'll happily go on assuming that places like Vegas and Fresno are not in "the south".
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Bijou's from up north. AND he can't see. Texas is not the south. Texas is Texas.

And speaking of the south, we're all going to blow away tonight anyway. Smiley: frown
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Tru dat. Everything south of Nebraska is "the South" to us folks.
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Also, Texas seceded, so your definition is ambiguous at best.

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Also, Texas seceded, so your definition is ambiguous at best.


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I mean with the Confederacy. They've been all hat and no cattle since then.
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Good ole' B-more should get on the list for this alone


Skip to 1:20 for the punch-line.

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#40 May 02 2014 at 7:11 AM Rating: Good
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It was probably built in China.

Now there's a place that's falling apart all the time.
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Portland?
Visit Portland, Oregon. Now funnier than Denver!

It might work? Smiley: rolleyes



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I dunno, I'd say Mel Blanc and Matt Groening, but whatever works for them.

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I feel like I should watch Portlandia but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Probably because no one watches IFC.
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Don't worry you aren't missing much. I mean, it has its moments and everything, but it's the kind of show that's probably right where it should be on some backwater cable channel.
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Visit Portland, Oregon. Now funnier than Denver!

It might work? Smiley: rolleyes

No way, man, after legalization everything's funnier in Denver!

You ever been to Denver...on weed??
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Portland?
Visit Portland, Oregon. Now funnier than Denver!

It might work? Smiley: rolleyes

No way, man, after legalization everything's funnier in Denver!

You ever been to Denver...on weed??
Maybe that's why they're on the list? I also remember lots of prairie dogs by the airport, they looked kinda funny. Oh! Also that Denver college class that spammed the WoW forums with surveys once a year. They were amusing too.

Edit #1: What funny does happen in Denver anyway?

Edit #2: Ah okay, you guys had Tim Allen.

Edited, May 2nd 2014 9:12am by someproteinguy
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Don't worry you aren't missing much. I mean, it has its moments and everything, but it's the kind of show that's probably right where it should be on some backwater cable channel.

I need to orchestrate an accident where I wind up in a body cast for three months and can catch up on all the TV I should have seen. Preferably something heroic to avoid others contempt.

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You called my bluff Smiley: frown I want to watch it but not bad enough to suffer a leopard mauling first.
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Awww, and I was going to film it and put it on youtube too. Smiley: frown

Edited, May 2nd 2014 9:43am by someproteinguy
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I need to orchestrate an accident where I wind up in a body cast for three months and can catch up on all the TV I should have seen.
Try skiing.

Or parking at a ski lodge ...
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