BBC News (UK) reported today on the results of a study on humor differences between the sexes.
Men are naturally more comedic than women because of the male hormone testosterone, an expert claims.
Men make more gags than women and their jokes tend to be more aggressive, Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, says.
The unicycling doctor observed how the genders reacted to his "amusing" hobby.
Women tended to make encouraging, praising comments, while men jeered.
It's hard to find a less scientific study, with a more flawed conclusion, than this one.
Research suggests men are more likely to use humour aggressively by making others the butt of the joke.
And aggression - generally considered to be a more masculine trait - has been linked by some to testosterone exposure in the womb.
That part is fine. Testosterone is linked to aggression. From there, though, Prof. Shuster takes his study to the point of absurdity.
Professor Shuster believes humour develops from aggression caused by male hormones.
He documented the reaction of over 400 individuals to his unicycling antics through the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Almost half of people responded verbally - more being men. Very few of the women made comic or snide remarks, while 75% of the men attempted comedy - mostly shouting out "Lost your wheel?", for example.
This is really stupid. For starters, the good professor assumes that unicycle riding is funny, but maybe it's not as funny as he believes. He may have just looked ridiculous, prompting the men to mock him and the women (not wanting to hurt his feelings) to praise his skill.
As a general rule, men enjoy visual humor more than women do, in particular the kind of humor where other people get hurt, as in the Three Stooges. Women don't find hurting people to be funny, and they don't enjoy mocking other people as much as men do.
So Prof. Shuster was testing male humor, and when he found it, he declared men to be more humorous than women.
But an earlier study, from November of 2005, revealed some of the differences in the way men and women appreciate humor, which showed that indeed women have a sense of humor. It's just not the same as men's.
I'm a woman, and there are a lot of things I find funny, but a man riding a unicycle is probably not one of the top ones. In the mall near me, they used to have a Frederick's of Hollywood store right next door to a shop that sells maternity clothes. That's funny.
The Princess Bride is funny. The Jeep-in-the-airport-radar scene in Rat Race is funny. The restaurant scene with Felix clearing his sinuses in the Odd Couple is funny.
But a unicycle-riding man masquerading as a serious researcher is not only NOT funny, it's too stupid for words.