Benign Moral Violations. You Know – Toilet Humor…

Few things are as funny as what we might call crude humor. It’s one of the first principles that entertains us as infants and children, when bodily functions are at their most hilarious. But really, bodily functions never stop being funny throughout our lives. That’s because they function on a principle called benign moral violations, which was proposed in a 2010 paper “Benign Violations: Making Immoral Behavior Funny” by Peter McGraw at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Humor is mostly subjective, and we can see this to be partially true as humor does not tend to translate across cultural lines. For instance, there are no comedy movies that have consistently struck gold in international box offices because humor is rooted in language and cultural and contextual norms. However, action and adventure movies routinely break box office records because there’s no cultural translation required for an explosion or flying car.

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