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The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals:

“Liberal Democracy as Secular Comedy”

“Radical Clowning: Challenging Militarism through Play and Otherness”

“Smiling Synchronicity and Gaze Patterns in Dyadic Humorous Conversations”

“Jokes and Lies: Children’s Understanding of Intentional Falsehood”

“The Conservatism of Emoji: Work, Affect and Communication”

“Recovering Our Sense of Humor: New Directions in Feminist Humor Studies”

“Investigating the Humor of Gelatophobes: Does Feeling Ridiculous Equal Being Humorless?”

“What Made Pistachio Nuts? Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic”

“Sexual Selection and Humor in Courtship: A Case for Warmth and Extroversion”

“A Star is Porn: Corpulence, Comedy and the Homosocial Cult of Adult Film Star Ron Jeremy”

“The Effects of Facial Control and Facial Mimicry on Subjective Reactions to Comedy Routines”

“Crucially Funny or Tranio on the Couch: The Servus Callidus and Jokes about Torture”

“The Sublime ‘Jackass’: Transgression and Play in the Inner Suburbs”

“The Anatomy of a Humorless Science: No Laughing Matter”

“Why Clowns Taste Funny: The Relationship between Humor and Semantic Ambiguity”

“If Memes Are the Answer, What Is the Question?”

“A Two-Stage Model for the Appreciation of Jokes and Cartoons:
An Information-Processing Analysis”

“On the Conversational Performance of Narrative Jokes: Toward an Account of Timing”

“‘Slipping into the Ha-Ha’: Bawdy Humor and Body Politics in Jane Austen’s Novels”

“At Ease, Disease—AIDS Jokes as Sick Humor”

“The Copyrightability of Jokes: ‘Take My Registration Deposit … Please!’”

“Contextualization of Canned Jokes in Discourse”

“Recognizing Humor on Twitter”

“Amusing Titles in Scientific Journals and Article Citation”

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