Monday, March 26, 2007

Cost Of Laughing Jumps 5 Percent

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s no joke: You’re paying more bucks for fewer yucks these days.

That’s the serious news from Malcolm Kushner, a humor consultant in Santa Cruz, California, who annually compiles his “Cost Of Laughing Index,” a compilation of 16 leading humor indicators.

This year, the price of laughter has increased 5 percent, the biggest giggle gouge since 1990.

Kushner claims the increase is due in part to higher costs for a dancing chicken singing telegram, which shot up from $125 to $150; and a $654 increase for the average 30-minute sitcom script.

There is some reason to smile: The cost for a dozen rubber chickens stays firm at $51.

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