Laws of the Natural Universe

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Feb 072007

Law of Mechanic Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner of the workshop.

Law of Probability:
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of the blunder you commit.

Law of the Telephone:
If you dial a wrong number, you will never get a busy signal.

Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will REALLY get a flat tire.

Variation Law:
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you switched to.

Law of the Current Affair:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want them to see you with.

Law of the Bath:
As soon as your body is fully immersed in water, the likelihood of the telephone ringing increases by 300%.

Law of the Unintended Result:
When you try to demonstrate to someone that a machine isn’t working properly, it WILL work properly!

Can One Literally Die From Laughter?

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Nov 172005

It’s certainly possible to die while laughing — probably by choking on something. But I was unable to find any documented evidence of someone literally “laughing to death.”

In fact, recent research suggests laughing is actually very good for you. According to the Indiana University School of Medicine, laughing helps relax tense muscles, lowers blood pressure, and even burns calories. Humor and laughter is also becoming increasingly popular as a form of psychiatric therapy. Look out, Carrot Top.

Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center found that people with heart disease are 40% less likely to laugh in a given situation than people without heart disease. The key here seems to be stress reduction; stress impairs the production of endothelial cells, which form a protective lining in our blood vessels. A weak endothelium can lead to hardened arteries and, quite literally, a hardened heart.

What exactly is laughter? As HowStuffWorks explains, laughter is a physiological response that’s triggered by the limbic system, or the part of the brain that governs motivation and emotional behaviors. During laughter, the epiglottis constricts the larynx, restricting our ability to breathe. That’s why a really good joke can sometimes seem pretty dangerous — but thankfully the breathing instinct always wins in the end.