Frank Buckley is a professor of law at George Mason University. He has a theory about how laughter works. So let’s have a joke to try it out. Any joke will do. Here’s one of my old favorites.

Pope John the XXIII dies and goes to paradise. Or, at least he gets to the gates of paradise. “Who are you?” “I’m Pope John the XXIII.” “You are not on the list, go away.” “Don’t be silly, I must be on the list, I’m Pope John the XXIII.” “Never heard of you.” “But I’m Pope John the XXIII, a good man and much beloved of the ordinary people.” “You’re not on the list and I’ve never heard of you.” “There’s been a mistake, go and ask a Principality or Dominion, they’ll know me.” “The...

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