A sense of humor... what is it?
What prompts one person to laugh at something seen, heard, or merely revisited in memory while that same occurrence or situation often leaves another person unaffected
Back in the 1980s a certain person and I were watching the movie Airplane. In one scene the flight attendant (God! I almost wrote: 'stewardess') loudly announced,
"Alright . . . everybody, get in crash positions!"
Immediately all of the passengers arranged themselves in helter-skelter positions, draping their bodies in the exaggeratedly twisted-about positions in which they would have been thrown 'after' there had been a crash.
I burst into a fit of wild laughter, strangling and choking and almost in tears, and I laughed so long and so hard that this other person said she feared that I would rupture myself. And this person asked me, after I had calmed down, "What was funny about that?"
Which of course stimulated another round of gasping hilarity. When I explained that the term 'crash-positions' had another more familiar meaning, she just shook her head and said, "I still don't think it's funny."