Ted Talks for when you want to laugh and think

Playlist (8 talks): Talks for when you want to laugh and think

These hilarious talks won’t just make you laugh out loud — they’ll make you think twice.

  • Did you know that you’re 30 times more likely to laugh if you’re with somebody else than if you’re alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of cracking up.

  • You have no idea where camels really come from

     Latif Nasser

    Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it’s hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab’s Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world. This talk comes from the PBS special “TED Talks: Science & Wonder.”


  • My road trip through the whitest towns in America

    Rich Benjamin

    As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA — and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia.


  • One woman, five characters, and a sex lesson from the future

     In this performance, Sarah Jones brings you to the front row of a classroom in the future, as a teacher plugs in different personas from the year 2016 to show their varied perspectives on sex work. As she changes props, Jones embodies an elderly homemaker, a “sex work studies” major, an escort, a nun-turned-prostitute and a guy at a strip club for his bachelor party. It’s an intriguing look at a taboo topic, that flips cultural norms around sex inside out.

  • Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

    Roman Mars

    Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.


  • Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent

    Safwat Saleem

    Artist Safwat Saleem grew up with a stutter — but as an independent animator, he decided to do his own voiceovers to give life to his characters. When YouTube commenters started mocking his Pakistani accent, it crushed him, and his voice began to leave his work. Hear how this TED Fellow reclaimed his voice and confidence in this charming, thoughtful talk.


  • Math is forever

    Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón

    With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that’s wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the backbone of science — and shows that theorems, not diamonds, are forever. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

  • A science award that makes you laugh, then think

    Marc Abrahams

    As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world’s most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science — and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.

7 Pranks idea for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes a ton of amazing tricks and treats. When you’re a child, Halloween is all about the candy. As an adult, Halloween is all about the pranks.

While you’re concocting the perfect Halloween pranks for your friends and/or strangers, allow us to provide you with some inspiration. Here are 7 perfectly scary Halloween pranks you could (and should) pull on your friends.

1. Head in a Jar


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This Prank is on the top of my list This takes a bit of work, but it’s so, so worth it. Basically, take a photo of yourself looking a bit squished, have it printed and laminated, and then stick it in a large jar filled with sickly looking food coloring. Place it in your fridge, and wait for Someone to open the fridge and then just sit and watch as they run the hell out from there.

Here’s a Step by step guide you can follow. -> Head in a jar

2. Fake Bed Bugs


I know that after a long night of Halloween celebrations, all I want to do is fall into bed and snuggle up. So imagine the terror your loved ones would feel when they pull back the covers and see a bunch of bugs have taken up residence? Fake bugs, of course, but they’ll be freaked out either way.

3. Snake Surprise


If you’re hosting a Halloween party, this is a good one for you. Personally, I’m terrified of snakes, so if I were to open a cooler to grab a beer and a snake jumped out at me… well, I’d probably need a minute to stop crying. Use a Rubber snake and some string to rig the snake to pop up whenever the cooler is opened for added realism, or simply place it in there for people to jump at.

4. Fake Spider Anything


Honestly, any prank involving spiders — big ones, small ones, whatever — will scare most people. You can put a fake spider in someone’s car just above the door so they’re bound to notice it. You could rig a giant spider to swing down from the ceiling when kids come to your door. You could even go the extra mile to get a remote controlled spider to follow your party guests around.

5. The one with Creepy Doll


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Like spiders, creepy dolls will frighten most people. You can buy an already scary looking baby doll — this one is sound and sensor operated — or you could make your own out of a thrift store find. When no one is around, write something creepy on a notepad and place the marker in the doll’s hand. When people come back around, they’ll probably stay clear of the doll for the rest of the party.

6. Gory Wounded Eye Makeup


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For this one you will need to do a bit of work but This one would surely give your neighbor some creeps on Halloween. Imagine one of your eyes gouged out. Total gore!

Here are some other makeup tricks if you want to try : Halloween Makeup tricks

7. The Floater


The perfect prank for any hot tube, pool, shower or bathtub. The Floater does just that, IT FLOATS! Time to end the pool party? Just throw one of these in the pool and everyone will scramble to get out. 9 1/2 inches long and it looks just like the real deal…….. GROSS!

you can buy it on Amazon -> The Floater