London, Dec 22 (UNI) Can you fathom why do we have so many male comedians in Bollywood? Well, scientists have the answer to it.
According to a recent study, male hormones such as testosterone is the reason behind a good sense of humour.
These male hormones fuel aggression which, in turn, develop humour, said the study conducted by a former consultant dermatologist Sam Shuster.
To observe the difference between men and women's sense of humour, Prof Shuster pedalled a unicycle around Newcastle upon Tyne, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He found that almost three-fourths male onlookers made snide comments such as ''Lost your wheel?'' And, older men made mellower comments than younger men, who were the most aggressive.
The women, on the other hand, made encouraging and praising comments.
''At 11-13 years, the boys began to get really aggressive. Into puberty, the aggression became more marked, then it changed into a form of joke. The men were snide,'' Prof Shuster said.
The initial aggressive intent seems to become channelled into a more subtle and sophisticated joke, so the aggression is hidden by wit, he added.
About two years ago, researchers at Stanford University claimed on the basis of studies of brain patterns that a gender divide do exist while it comes to appreciating humour. Women generally place a greater emphasis on the language, and use a more analytical approach.