Reductio ad absurdum

Reductio ad absurdum

Bakhtin sums up a form of humour sometimes deployed by jesters seeking to enlighten the ruler.  Rather than remonstrating to change behaviour, they would agree wholeheartedly with the crackpot proposal being put forward.  By running with an idea to an absurd degree,...
Bum revolutionaries

Bum revolutionaries

Delighted to encounter these bum revolutionaries, the Jewish jesters who flourished in Eastern Europe, entertaining people at weddings and barmitzvas while stirring things up with their stories.Note the dilemma of the fool – not being taken seriously even when...
We have lift-off!

We have lift-off!

What better way to launch foolsareeverywhere.com than scientific evidence of their central role on earth and beyond. NASA has cleverly realised that the skills of the fool are essential to prevent mayhem when cooping up a dozen astronauts for months on end in a...
Of humour and proportion

Of humour and proportion

This, in a delightful travelogue in 1930s Romania, caught my eye as a pithy and original definition of humour.  I now keep it in mind as I re-visit examples of jesters using humour to rein in excess, be it self-indulgence by the king (boozing instead of reigning),...

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