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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Syracuse, New York Does solution add to Golf Page c-1 the advantage of doubling up Home real Page d-1 157th no. 258 Clouds Chance of High 75. A-2 Ida 1986 Tow Wald May 1986 25 cents experts defend sick jokes As healthy reaction los Angeles times one Day after news broke of the nuclear Power Plant disaster in the pro fessor Alan Dundes anthropology students at the University of were jotting Down the radiation jokes Al ready making the rounds. What has feathers and glows in the what do you serve with Chicken Black what s the weather report from and know it s sick and disgusting when you Tell said a Folk humor specialist. The fact that these Are All Over the country suggests it s not any one group telling next Day joking about the nuclear disaster was hardly a Speed record in the United states. Within 90 minutes after the space shuttle challenger Joseph bos a Boston University history professor specializing in contemporary had received Calls from friends in new York who told him five dead astronaut jokes. People from the West coast called at the end of the same and they told me the same jokes. It s absolutely Boskin said. He not because of the apparent callousness of the jokes but be cause of the lightning Speed with which they appear and spread. They Are neither published nor Broad cast by mass yet they Are transmit Ted throughout the nation within hours of a apparently passed along by mid dle class office workers and commercial travellers whose Long distance telephoning is a routine part of the business Day. The Middle class that largely determines what humor is in Boskin said. Almost All such jokes and wisecracks Are Dundes referring to the Long standing genre that deals with deformity and suffering. But few of the jokes Are sick in the psychological said or. William f. A psychiatrist at the Stanford univer sity medical school who specializes in the implications of humor. A crack made As horrible news is pour ing from the television screen is merely the Way that person is to Cope with the horror. He s saying it for not necessarily for the others around Fry said. The person is More horrified than you Fry said. Should t be alarmed by these they re perfectly natural in our human yet even psychologists concede these jokes can be social depending on the circumstances in which they Are told. Alleen Pace assistant Dean of Arizona state University s graduate col lege and co editor of English journal mag attended the fifth International on Page Fex bus crashes in California news service reports Calif. A tour bus carrying residents of a retirement Home careened at High Speed off a twisting Mountain Road and plunged into a Swift running River killing 19 people and injuring authorities said. The death toll made it the worst . Bus crash in nearly six years. The bringing passengers Back to Santa after a of nor Ria routine to some of the bodies were found 15 Miles downstream from the scene of the said cup officer Mike Slappey. Divers searched for More than seven hours after the Accident before All passengers were accounted for. Mono county sheriff s depart ment investigator John Daniels said the Accident apparently was caused by excessive Speed and no other vehicles were involved. The cup initially reported 49

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