The jokes and riddles that I like tend to have a common element:
... and so forth. They all involve a sudden frame shift, a jump from one way of thinking to another --- an escape from the commonplace to a surprising new set of meanings. That leap seems to give the mind a special thrill of joy. In the context of a joke, we laugh. Maybe the same happy feeling of freedom arises in other contexts, when we escape from the prison of our preconceptions?
Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 16:20:43 (EDT) = Datetag19990810