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The Humor Research Lab (which is evidently a real thing) has formulated the Humor Algorithm (which, is also evidently a real thing), to create the definitive list of America’s funniest and least funniest cities. The project was organized by University of Colorado professor Dr. Peter McGraw while researching his book The Humor Code, and is insanely detailed. In addition to looking at geographic factors (number of comedy clubs, the hometowns of comedians, comedy radio stations, etc.), the team also turned to the Internet. They factored in funny Twitter users, visits to meme sites and humorous web searches traced to cities around the country. Chicago, Boston and Atlanta took home the top three spots, followed by Washington D.C. and Portland. You can go here to see the entire list of rankings and learn more about the team’s methodology ... Discuss

 

Following Sen. Marco Rubio’s now-infamous swig of water during his State of the Union response on Tuesday, The Washington Examiner has pieced together this shocking piece of investigative journalism. The carefully arranged footage reveals an unsettling truth about the Florida Republican: He frequently takes sips of water during speeches. The question we’ve all been wondering—Was this a one-time incident, or is Marco Rubio, in fact, a serial water-sipper?seems to now be answered. The footage speaks for itself. Mr. Rubio, we once again await your response … Discuss

 
On evangelicalism’s long struggle with humor. Read More
 

This week we talk to our favorite Brooklyn band that's led by a pastor who's friends with Sufjan Stevens, The Welcome Wagon. Plus, Jungle Bird inevitably invades the episode, we again cover the Asian beat in Slices, and dole out some really fabulous life advice.

(Don't heed it.)

Download the show MP3 here. Subscribe to the RELEVANT Podcast at iTunes. Read More

 
Diapers, playgroups and bouts of listlessness—dispatches from a young (stay-at-home) dad, just in time for Father's Day. Read More
 

This week we talk to one of America's best-known pastors, Craig Groeschel, from the innovative Oklahoma City-based Lifechurch.tv. His church is the team behind YouVersion, one of the most widely used apps in the world. (But we don't talk to him about that.)

Jesse also brings us his summer movie picks (you probably know what he's excited about), and somehow we devolve into talking about animal encounters. Like usual. Read More