Is That Dog Laughing At Me?

by Dustin D'Addato on June 17, 2009

We promised your more science from Mikey B.  Here it is y’all.

English Essayist William Hazlitt once said “Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.”

It’s a lovely quote. It’s also bullshit. Laughter has been found in other primates, dogs, and even rats. Distinctly human laughter, however, is believed to have originated approximately 4 million years ago, long before language evolved as a method of communication — You know what else evolved before language? Sex. There’s a lesson here from our caveman ancestors: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it (and how big of a club you’ve got).

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