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The world's funniest joke?
The Scotsman ^ | 10/03/02 | DIANE KING

Posted on 10/03/2002 2:05:38 PM PDT by Heartlander2

THE world’s funniest joke was unveiled by scientists today at the end of the largest study of humour ever undertaken.

For the past year people around the world have been invited to judge jokes on an internet site as well as contribute quips of their own.

The LaughLab experiment conducted by psychologist Dr Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, attracted more than 40,000 jokes and almost two million votes.

And the joke which received the highest global rating - submitted by 31-year-old psychiatrist Gurpal Gosall from Manchester - was:

"Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.

"The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: ‘My friend is dead! What can I do?’ The operator says: ‘Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.’

"There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: ‘OK, now what?’"

Dr Wiseman said the joke was interesting because it worked across many different countries and appealed to men and women and young and old alike.

"Many of the jokes submitted received higher ratings from certain groups of people, but this one had real universal appeal.

"Also, we find jokes funny for lots of different reasons. They sometimes make us feel superior to others, reduce the emotional impact of anxiety-provoking situations or surprise us because of some kind of incongruity. The hunters joke contained all three elements."

The experiment also revealed wide humour differences between nations.

One intriguing result was Germans - not renowned for their sense of humour - found just about everything funny. They did not express a strong preference for any type of joke.

People from Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand most enjoyed jokes with word plays, such as this one. Patient: "Doctor, I’ve got a strawberry stuck up my bum." Doctor: "I’ve got some cream for that!"

Americans and Canadians preferred jokes where there was a strong sense of superiority - either because a character looks stupid or is made to look stupid.

This was an example of American humour.

Texan: "Where are you from?" Harvard graduate: "I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions."

Texan: "OK, where are you from, jackass?"

Many European countries, such as France, Denmark and Belgium, liked surreal humour. Here is an example: An Alsatian went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: "There are only nine words here. You could send another Woof for the same price." "But," the dog replied, "that would make no sense at all."

Europeans also enjoyed jokes that made light of serious topics such as death, illness and marriage.

Dr Wiseman said: "These results are really interesting. It suggests that people from different parts of the world have fundamentally different senses of humour."

Computer analysis of the data also showed that jokes containing 103 words were thought to be especially funny. The winning "hunters" joke was 102 words long.

Many jokes contained references to animals. Jokes mentioning ducks were seen as funnier than other jokes.

The researchers were also able to pinpoint the funniest moment of the year. People found the jokes funniest at 6.03pm on October 7.

Dr Wiseman’s team is launching a book describing their findings today.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: jokes
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1 posted on 10/03/2002 2:05:38 PM PDT by Heartlander2
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To: Heartlander2
I dunno...here's my choice:

A duck walks into a pharmacy and asks for a tube of ChapStick.

The clerk asks..."will that be cash, check or charge?"

To which the duck replies,

"Just put it on my bill."

2 posted on 10/03/2002 2:08:13 PM PDT by daler
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To: Heartlander2
Jokes mentioning ducks were seen as funnier than other jokes.

Groucho didn't need a study to figure this out.

-PJ

3 posted on 10/03/2002 2:08:45 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too
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To: Heartlander2
actually the funniest joke, according to Monty Python, was written by a man some time ago ... during WWII ... MI6 obtained the joke, translated it into German, and gave one word to each soldier who would call out the words in sequence ... one soldier received two words and was hospitalized for 6 weeks ... the joke worked in the field of combat, with Nazis coming out of their foxholes and keeling over ...

I kinda like the "Woof" joke ...
4 posted on 10/03/2002 2:09:20 PM PDT by Bobby777
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To: daler
Jokes mentioning ducks were seen as funnier than other jokes.

Aflac.

5 posted on 10/03/2002 2:11:02 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: Heartlander2
oh man, that Texan-Harvard joke almost had me rollin.
6 posted on 10/03/2002 2:11:39 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: daler
This pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel attached to his crotch. The bartender looks at him, and asks him why he has a steering wheel attached to his crotch. The pirate responds to the bartender, "Arrrr, it's drivin' me nuts".
7 posted on 10/03/2002 2:12:24 PM PDT by killjoy
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To: Bobby777
un cheval marche dans une barre ...

le barman indique: "Pourquoi le long visage?"
8 posted on 10/03/2002 2:12:59 PM PDT by Bobby777
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To: Bobby777
Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput.
9 posted on 10/03/2002 2:13:51 PM PDT by Cleburne
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To: Cleburne
I can do a little French ... but I'm LOST ... LOL
10 posted on 10/03/2002 2:16:36 PM PDT by Bobby777
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To: Heartlander2
Somebody better make me laugh on October 7th. I mean it.
11 posted on 10/03/2002 2:17:18 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Heartlander2
How 'bout another hunting joke:

Two Aggies are out hunting in the woods. After a while, they realize that they're lost. The first Aggie says to the second one, "I've heard that shooting two shots into the air is a universal call for help". The second Aggie shoots twice into the air. They continue looking for a way out and after an hour are still lost. The second Aggie shoots twice again. Then, after several hours pass, they wind up in the exact same spot where they first realized they were lost. Desperate, the first Aggie says to the other, "we're in trouble, shoot two more times". The second Aggie replies, "Can't, I'm out of arrows!". Bwahahaha...
12 posted on 10/03/2002 2:18:45 PM PDT by mikegi
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To: Cleburne
Joke warfare.

Sad.

13 posted on 10/03/2002 2:20:27 PM PDT by TomB
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To: Cleburne
What does a Texas tornado and a Tennesse divorce have in common?

Somebody's gonna loose a trailer.
14 posted on 10/03/2002 2:20:35 PM PDT by awgie2
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To: Heartlander2
I read the whole article and didn't laugh once. The joke about the Harvard grad and the Texas did bring half a smile to my face though.

Permit me to link in this laugh out loud FR thread...

Caption This! Unshaven women protest Bush

Not all of the jokes "hit" and different people will laugh at different things but when was the last time a Caption This thread hit 200 posts in a day?

15 posted on 10/03/2002 2:20:42 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Cleburne
"Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput."

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! (Just laughing at the words. Can't read German.)

16 posted on 10/03/2002 2:23:00 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: mikegi
Guy is walking up a stairwell in a construction site with the construction supervisor. At every landing he leans out a window and yells "Green side up". After they reach about the 5th floor the first guy can't resist and asks the supervisor why yell "Green side up". The supervisor replies "I got a couple of aggies out there laying sod."
17 posted on 10/03/2002 2:23:40 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Heartlander2
I read about this last year, and it was the same joke!!

After you hear a joke so many times it gets old. There's gotta better humor than that.

I'm sure it has merit considering they got their "numbers" from an internet poll.

I can't wait to see what the poll would show as funny next year.

In the future to be on the safe side we should support Term Limits on these things.

(end joke)

18 posted on 10/03/2002 2:24:23 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: Heartlander2
The world's funniest joke is a punchline without a setup, occasionally seen in movies having the persepective come in in the middle (so there's theoretically a setup but you never hear it):
rectum, almost killed him.
19 posted on 10/03/2002 2:27:58 PM PDT by discostu
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To: Cleburne
David Letterman says that everything is funnier in Spanish.

Here's what I got from Babblefish:

¿Si el Nunstruck es git y Slotermeyer? ¡Sí! Beiherhund o el gersput de Flipperwaldt

20 posted on 10/03/2002 2:30:22 PM PDT by weegee
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