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CLIP 6183

Whoopee cushions investigated

Whoopee cushions investigated
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Key Info
  • Whoopee cushions investigated
  • Duration: 01:46
  • A light and comic report into the work of a professor at Salford University who has set up a website in order to find out what makes the perfect whoopee cushion noise. He goes on to explain his theories about why we laugh at the whoopee cushion. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 20 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Media Studies

       Topic:

    Media Language

  • Keywords: trivial, practical jokes, rude, funny, whoopee cushion, laughter
Ideas for use in class
  • A look at news values and regional news programming. The representation of academia and trivial academic research. The nature and function of the vox pop.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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