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The Sound of One Nerd Laughing

If you listen very carefully to the laughter of the studio audience* on any episode of TV’s The Big Bang Theory, you can occasionally pick out one guffaw that starts before anybody else’s or ends after everyone else’s.

That’s the sound of the Nerd.  The Nerd is laughing, all on his own.

And why? Because he’s just picked up on an inside joke about science or technology or engineering or math or some other esoteric subject.

What is the Nerd laughing at? What has he spotted that we didn’t spot?

Just how hilarious can math and science be, anyway?


* Which isn’t a laugh track—now matter how sure you are that it is.