Books Scott Weems Books by Scott Weems Scott Weems has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Scott Weems iStockphoto Author Interviews Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing March 15, 2014 Scott Weems' book HA! explores the science of when we laugh and why. He describes the part of your brain that's active when you laugh, and the controversy over whether ducks are funnier than chickens. Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing Listen · 4:50 4:50 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/289946192/290389391" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript iStockphoto Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture What Is The Funniest Joke In The World? March 7, 2014 A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva Noë cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.