Siri-ous business: Apple learns new dad jokes
Are corny jokes the best form of wit? Apple’s AI assistant, Siri, has been updated with new groan-worthy jokes. Some say they are “hilarious”, others “stupid” — a debate with a long history…
Germany learns to laugh about Hitler
Germans haven’t always found it easy to make fun of the 20th century’s most notorious dictator, but now a novel has turned him into a stand-up comic. Can humour help to wipe away horrors?
Maths secrets of Simpsons revealed in new book
The most successful TV show of all time is written by a team of brilliant ‘mathletes’, says writer Simon Singh, and it is full of obscure mathematical jokes. Can numbers really be all that...
Singing mice surprise scientists
Scientists now accept that mice, like many animals, can communicate by singing. But now a study has found that they can even teach one another new tunes.
Outrage at suicide remarks from controversial star
Only days after getting in trouble for an ill-judged joke, Jeremy Clarkson is back in the news: this time for making ‘tasteless’ remarks about suicide. Are angry commentators overreacting?