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    There is, though.

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    Where? How?

    If this was an experiment for your own personal satisfaction, so be it; you don't have to take this any further if you don't want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perch420
    Intelligence is skill of thought. The video requires a high skill of thought to comprehend. Most people don't have a high skill of thought, so they didn't comprehend it.
    let's look at the premises of your experiment.

    (1) the video requires advanced skill to understand

    it would be hard to correlate this video with IQ within minutes, but i think we can analyze it in terms of complexity well enough. from the perspective of gardner's multiple intelligences:

    intrapersonal - pictures/video of people in pain/sad/upset, but the video does not encourage us to relate with them
    interpersonal - insulting language directed at political groups - again, though, there is not much depth encouraged
    linguistic - heavy use of obscenity, "foreign"/ borat-style grammar. one needs to pick up on this not being normal language.
    logical/mathematical - perhaps logic, in understanding the humor (see below)
    naturalistic - no
    visual/spatial - not much, the graphics are pretty simplistic
    bodily/kinesthetic - a dancer every once in a while, but the dancing doesn't actually match the music or pertain much to the point, besides adding to the sense of incongruity
    musical - looped electronic background, not much complexity there

    the skill required to understand the video as a parody seems almost purely rooted in seeing the disconnect between the very random, not particularly advanced visual aspects and the intentionally unskilled language, versus the serious pictures of people being upset and the interpersonal insults in the language. what one has to pick up on is the difference in qualities. incidentally, that's a very Ti/Fi sort of comparison - checking things for internal consistency.

    regardless, that's not what you asked in the thread - not do you understand the humor in this video?, but do you find this funny?

    so let's go to a second premise:

    (2) finding the video funny relies on understanding it

    let's face it, it's not like you have to do much to reach a conclusion that it's funny. you sit on your butt and notice that there are some incongruities, which strike you as odd, which make you laugh. you don't really even have to understand it to find it funny. you said yourself that it didn't take very long for you to pick up on it being a parody. in fact, i imagine that after a certain point, the more of it you do understand, the less you would find funny, because it would be too personally significant.

    and a third premise:

    (3) the people in this thread didn't understand and/or enjoy this video because they are unintelligent

    so this video is rooted in a lot of things that are culturally obscure - the kebab meme - or elements that rely on you discounting their seriousness to understand the humor. the humor is based on not interpreting things. not taking them seriously, instead of diving into them. basically you either have to be familiar with the cultural references, or automatically assume you're supposed to discount the whole thing to find it funny. it doesn't really require much skill at all, beyond either remembering/recognizing familiar aspects or realizing that you're not supposed to take it seriously (which should be pretty clear from the randomness) - in which case a lot of people are going to stop and wonder why they even bother to watch this, especially because a lot of the elements are really just unpleasant. personally, i didn't bother watching it all the way through the first time because the graphics are painful and the music is obnoxious, and there really doesn't seem to be a point to the video, besides mockery. i've watched it quite a few times since... find it kind of amusing, but remove kebab is so much funnier.

    conclusion:

    while i do agree with you that there will tend to be an increased facility in understanding humor with greater intelligence, that is no guarantee of someone actually enjoying the humor. even with understanding the humor, i tend to doubt that there will be any correlation with this particular video because it is so reliant on finding random things inherently humorous, and so simplistic in many aspects as to be unappealing. plus, the people on this forum are probably so closely matched in terms of general intelligence, in the big scope of things, that there will be little discernible difference in skill that cannot be explained by personal preference.

    in other words, after isolating all these other variables, i think what you've really tested for is whether others' sense of humor matches up with your own.

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    The "kebab meme" didn't exist before this video. There are no cultural references to "get".

    The incongruities and seemingly random juxtapositions in the video aren't random; they're positioned in such a way as to give off a specific vibe, which was palpable and evident. I can't explain it any better than that, but if it was just completely random things flying around then it wouldn't be funny. I don't know if it's intelligence per se, but "getting" the video requires a keener sense of conceptualization, which I thought would be linked to Ni, but I guess my hypothesis was wrong.

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    No. I didn't even really laugh; I smirked slightly at the stupidity. I didn't even finish the video. (I watched about 30 seconds.)
    Interesting experiment though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perch420 View Post
    The "kebab meme" didn't exist before this video. There are no cultural references to "get".

    The incongruities and seemingly random juxtapositions in the video aren't random; they're positioned in such a way as to give off a specific vibe, which was palpable and evident. I can't explain it any better than that, but if it was just completely random things flying around then it wouldn't be funny. I don't know if it's intelligence per se, but "getting" the video requires a keener sense of conceptualization, which I thought would be linked to Ni, but I guess my hypothesis was wrong.
    But see, to truly "get" the video, you don't necessarily even have to be smart, you merely require knowledge of a rather obscure type of YouTube protest video. Even the most intelligent man on earth wouldn't understand the reference without that information, and if then, only a specific type of person would find sardonic/parody humor funny... it's not necessarily a universal trend. Senses of humor are completely dependent on personality, not intelligence. For example, I have a friend who's an Honors scholar in some obscure field of biology who absolutely dies when watching those dumb cat videos, which I don't find funny at all. Each person is unique in regards to what they find humorous.
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    Careful what you say about cat videos
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    At first, not funny at all.
    Then it became more and more absurd and silly, so I did laugh involuntarily on and off for the rest of the video. Wasn't sure if the person who made it was for or against the serbs, but I got the feeling this was a parody. Not a very good or intelligent parody, though, and I find this video quite offensive. It's funny to challenge political correctness, but I prefer humour to be more intelligent and verbal.
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