Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do People Always Repeat Something Funny That They Just Heard?”

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Dear McFartnuggets: 
How come when someone says something funny in public like “I just made a poopie in my pantaloons” while everyone is laughing one person in the group will say “That mafucka said ‘I just made a poopie in my pantaloons.” Why do people always repeat something funny only seconds after they just heard it? Yeah I know he said it. We all just heard the shit less than a second ago! -- Rashard from Atlanta

Dear Rashard:
It is a strange phenomenon. You also see this in YouTube comments where people just type a line from the video and that’s their only remark. I think it’s because when something’s funny we want to experience it again, but since there’s no instant replay in real life people have to repeat it themselves. Most things that are funny tend to be absurd and so when you hear something absurd, a common reaction is to repeat what was said to re-hear it and re-examine the absurdity of what was said. It can be annoying, but it’s a common human reaction.

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