The Secret of Comedy Really Is Timing

first_imgPacific Standard:Did you hear the one about Hurricane Sandy? Did you find it hilarious? Tasteless? Or just lame?Newly published research concludes the answer depends in part on exactly when the joke reached your ear, or inbox.An analysis of responses to humorous quips referencing last year’s devastating storm suggests the adage that “comedy equals tragedy plus time” needs to be modified. A research team led by University of Colorado psychologist A. Peter McGraw concludes that, at some specific point in the days and weeks after a horrible event, there is a “sweet spot” when we’re particularly likely to find humor in the darkness.Read the whole story: Pacific Standard More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Rwanda to strengthen cooperation in all areas with China

first_imgRwanda President Paul Kagame (R) meets with Liu Xiaofeng (2nd L), the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, on Aug. 20, 2017. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Sunday said Rwanda is willing to deepen friendly cooperation in all areas with China and push bilateral relations to a new level.Kagame made the remarks when meeting Liu Xiaofeng, the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.Kagame, who was sworn in for his third term on Friday, thanked Xi for sending the special envoy to attend his inauguration ceremony and asked the envoy to convey his gratitude and regards to Xi.The president said China and Rwanda enjoy a long history of friendship and fruitful cooperation in various fields. China has been supporting Rwanda and other African countries for a long time and is a sincere partner for Africa’s development, he added.Liu, who is also the vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said since establishment of diplomatic relations 46 years ago, bilateral relations between the two countries have been developing steadily and healthily.China is ready to join hands with Rwanda to further enhance political mutual trust, expand economic and trade cooperation, consolidate friendship of the two peoples, said Liu.China is also willing to turn friendship between the two countries into real results that benefit the two peoples and realize mutual benefits and mutual development, he said.About 6.9 million Rwandans cast ballots in the presidential election held on August 4. Kagame won 98.79 percent of the votes.Kagame, who is also the chairman of the ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), has been president since 2000 when he was elected as the president of the transitional government by ministers and members of parliament following the resignation of then President Pasteur Bizimungu.He was re-elected in the 2003 and 2010 presidential elections by winning around 95 percent and 93 percent of votes respectively.last_img read more

How the High School Playoff Matchups Look After Week 10 Results

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsHigh School Playoffs Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img After a wild week 10 of high school football, everyone’s biggest question is – who moves on and who goes home?According to – here’s the way things line up for the playoffs starting next week with the way computer points have played out.Division I – Region 1#1 Mentor vs #8 Strongsville#2 St.Ignatius vs #7 St.Edward#3 Solon vs #6 Austintown Fitch#4 Canton McKinley vs #5 Euclid Division II – Region 5#1 Akron Hoban vs #8 Mayfield#2 Maple Hts. vs #7 Boardman#3 Nordonia vs #6 Riverside#4 Warren G. Harding vs #5 Garfield Hts.Division II – Region 6#1 Central Catholic vs #8 St.John’s Jesuit#2 Anthony Wayne vs #7 Valley Forge#3 Avon vs #6 Springfield#4 Avon Lake vs #5 Olmsted Falls Division II – Region 7#1 Massillon Washington vs #8 Walnut Ridge#2 Barberton vs #7 Tri-Valley#3 Wadsworth vs #6 Wooster#4 Dover vs #5 Whitehall YearlingDivision III – Region 9#1 Canfield vs #8 Alliance#2 Kenston vs #7 Aurora#3 Buckeye vs #6 West Holmes#4 Chardon vs #5 EastDivision III – Region 10#1 Clyde vs #8 Padua#2 Columbian vs #7 Lexington#3 Bay vs #6 Sandusky#4 Norwalk vs #5 Bowling GreenDivision V – Region 18#1 Genoa Area vs #8 Lake#2 Liberty Center vs #7 Miami East#3 Oak Harbor vs #6 Anna#4 Elyria Catholic vs #5 Plesant Division VII – Region 25#1 Cuyahoga Hts vs #8 Chalker#2 Windham vs #7 Tuscarawas Cent Catholic#3 Mapleton vs #6 Valley Christian School#4 East Canton vs #5 St.John Schoollast_img read more