SPOKANE, WA—Upon seeing local vending machine assembler Paul Drummond walking down the sidewalk Tuesday, onlookers concluded that Drummond was funny based on the fact that he was wearing a humorous t-shirt.
“Why else would he be wearing a shirt like that?” said Julie Eubanks, who saw the comical t-shirt-clad Drummond in person.
For decades, funny people have communicated this fact by the selection of their clothing, namely amusing t-shirts, say experts. Drummond, being no exception, tells the world of his hilarity by donning a shirt that takes a reference from a popular science fiction movie and applies it to life in general.
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Studies have repeatedly shown this to be among the most effective ways to non-verbally communicate one’s comedic discernment, and, by extension, ability.
“It’s nice to be able to tell the funny people from the non-funny people. I’m always seeing people with humorous pop culture references on their t-shirts and chuckle to myself at how much fun they must be to talk to at a party or something,” said bystander Brett Holloway.
Holloway went on to say that while he is a fan of funny t-shirts and the undoubtedly funny people who wear them, he doesn’t consider himself funny enough to qualify.
“I have my moments, but I can’t compete with people like that,” Holloway added.