So, Guy Walks Up to the Bar, and Scalia Says… – New York Times

I don’t get a huge kick out of hearing stories about pointless research, unless they’re done with as much dry wit as this one. Trust the Times! [laughter] 😉

Justice Antonin Scalia’s wit is widely admired, and now it has been quantified. He is, a new study concludes, 19 times as funny as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Transcripts of oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court have long featured the notation “[laughter]” after a successful quip from a justice or lawyer. But until October 2004, justices were not identified by name, making it impossible to construct a reliable index of judicial wit.

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