In a 2007 Vanity Fair article Christopher Hitchens : Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? Well a recent study finds that men might have a tiny edge over women in producing humour but the gap is too small to account for the stereotype. Scientists had 16 male and 16 female subjects write funny captions for 20 New Yorker magazine cartoons in 45 minutes. Then the captions were rated by a different group of 34 male and 47 female subjects. Men’s captions rated higher on average than women’s captions. But only by a mere 0.11 points out of perfect score of 5.0. The study is published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.