Throughout history's darkest times, people have exhibited a particular type of humor: dark humor, also known as black humor, black comedy, dark comedy, or gallows humor.

That's my favorite kind. I like absurd, random stuff. But with a dark twist. Black humor makes fun of the things that terrify us. It's a coping mechanism.

Some people think death is taboo as a topic for jokes.

But every stand up comic and every cartoonist knows that taboo jokes get the biggest laughs, the guilty laughs, and the biggest dopamine release.

Humor is not supposed to be polite. It's supposed to mock bad things.

Here's a little selection of some of my favorite cartoons, about life's painful little absurdities that make me laugh.

"I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all."

-Abraham Lincoln

"If you're a fan of Gary Larson's The Far Side, you'll love Gaspirtz's Dark Humor."

-Not Abraham Lincoln