A computer scientist is concerned that Noel Meyerhof, a Grand Master, one of a small cadre of Earth's recognised Geniuses, who has the insight to know what questions to ask Multivac, is acting erratically. As a known joke-teller, he has been discovered feeding jokes and riddles into Multivac. When pressed, he reveals that he's attempting to solve the question of what makes jokes funny. Finally, Multivac reveals that it is all part of an alien experiment, and that, now that the subjects know about it, the gift of humour will be taken away from everyone.
Despite crises, Peru still chuckles: "The Jokesters" poke fun with impunity at Peru's politics, including yesterday's election.(World)
Jun 04, 2001; Byline: Howard LaFranchi Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor LIMA, PERU -- When the call came in from the head of the...