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Old 03-29-2006, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Critical Mistake

A guy's sitting in a bar drinking, and the bartender can't help but notice... the guy's got a great big, round, orange head.

He says, "Hey, buddy... What's with your head?"

Guy says, "Well, it's a funny story.

"I was walking down a beach a few years ago when I found a magic lantern. I rubbed it, and a genie came out. He said he'd grant me three wishes.

"For my first wish, I asked for $100 million. And that's how I got all my money.

"For my second wish, I asked for a beautiful woman who would love me completely. And that's how I found my wonderful wife.

"For my third wish--and here, I think, is where I made my critical mistake--I asked for a great big, round, orange head."
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I was sitting here looking for the pun... And then I realized how funny this joke is. Nice one ratbastid.
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Old 03-29-2006, 01:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't find this funny at all.

I may have missed the joke though.
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Old 03-29-2006, 01:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you don't get it, you are thinking way too hard about it. There's nothing hidden in this joke.

I like!
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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why would he ask for a big round orange head? What am i missing?
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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why would he ask for a big round orange head? What am i missing?
That's the joke. He wouldn't ask for that. It's absurdist humour.
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That'd be why I didn't get it then
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oh don't be absurd...
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry, not my kind of humor.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I absolutely love this one, but I think it could be a repost. Ah, here it is.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard at this one!
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think you can tell a lot about people by their reaction to this joke.

I told my best friends this joke, and they totally fucking died laughing. I told it to a bunch of high school kids and they stared at me as if I'd grown an arm out of my forehead.
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Old 03-30-2006, 05:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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This made me laugh. But, I must fess up, I find the aristocrats not funny at all.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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wow...it took me forever, but it is damn funny.
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:49 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I read this to my wife and we laughed until we cried...

OK... I did. She just laughed.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:42 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I grinned at the first mention of the "great big, round, orange head". It took one or two more reads to finally get it.

But once I got it, I laughed my ass off
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I feel stupid, I'm saying "great big round orange head" to the computer screen for over 10 times, and I still don't get the joke.

I must be daft or something
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:07 AM   #18 (permalink)
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It's absurdist humour.
Quoted for truth, and because people don't seem to be getting it. God, I love this joke.
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:12 AM   #19 (permalink)
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ROFL

That's FUNNY...but I have a warped sense of humor, anyhow.
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I feel stupid, I'm saying "great big round orange head" to the computer screen for over 10 times, and I still don't get the joke.

I must be daft or something
Itch, don't worry. You got it. It just wasn't funny to you. Don't stress over it.
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think you can tell a lot about people by their reaction to this joke.
explain please...
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:57 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I feel stupid, I'm saying "great big round orange head" to the computer screen for over 10 times, and I still don't get the joke.

I must be daft or something
Compare and contrast to the joke 10 Inch Pianist. That might help.
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:06 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I really don't like jokes that are "funny" because they make no sense.

Maybe it's me, but I like jokes that are funny becase.. they do make sense.
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Now see Redlemon's actually makes sense.. he's got bad hearing so he mistook 10 inch pianist for 10 inch penis..

But what's the excuse for a great big, round, orange head? He's not hard of hearing, so he likely didn't misunderstand..
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:34 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Now see Redlemon's actually makes sense.. he's got bad hearing so he mistook 10 inch pianist for 10 inch penis..

But what's the excuse for a great big, round, orange head? He's not hard of hearing, so he likely didn't misunderstand..
The joke is (and there's nothing like explaining a joke to kill it completely) is that you hear the beginning of Rat's joke, and you are thinking it is a joke like the 10 Inch Pianist. So, as the joke is being told, you are trying to figure out what mistake he could have made in his request that he ended up with a great big round orange heard. But nope, he asked for it directly.

That's the joke, dissected and pinned to the wall. Dead.
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:22 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I think the reason some people don't find absurdist jokes funny is because you are partially laughing at yourself (if you do laugh).

Jokes are really about the unexpected, and since the majority of jokes are about unexpected happenings, expected happenings become the unexpected.
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:49 PM   #27 (permalink)
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So a guy walks into a bar, the bartender is taken completely off guard because the man has a half a peach for a head.

Bartender "Why do you have a half a peach for a head?"

Guy "well, it's an interesting story... a long time ago, I was traveling thru the middle east and wouldn't you know it, I came across a genie's lamp!"

Bartender "Really?!"

Guy "Swear to god! So, obvously, the Genie granted me three wishes. For my first wish, I wished for more money than I could ever use, and BAM! there was a pile of money that I couldn't see the top of!"

Bartender "Wow!"

Guy "that's what I said! For my second wish, I wished for a beautiful woman that would love me and cherish me and be with me forever, and BAM! there was this beautiful woman hanging all over me!"

Bartender "Holy crap!"

Guy "Exactly! For my third wish...

and here's where I think I went wrong...


I wished for a half a peach for a head."
read it on this board about a year ago, i remember because i copy and paste the good ones =p
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Old 04-01-2006, 07:34 AM   #28 (permalink)
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The joke is (and there's nothing like explaining a joke to kill it completely) is that you hear the beginning of Rat's joke, and you are thinking it is a joke like the 10 Inch Pianist. So, as the joke is being told, you are trying to figure out what mistake he could have made in his request that he ended up with a great big round orange heard. But nope, he asked for it directly.

That's the joke, dissected and pinned to the wall. Dead.
Nice. Mount it next to the Monarch and the Luna Moth.
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Old 04-01-2006, 01:13 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Aww, man... I thought this was the funniest joke ever until Zeraph told me I was supposed to be laughing at myself!
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Old 04-01-2006, 03:12 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I read this to my wife and we laughed until we cried...
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:00 AM   #32 (permalink)
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oh okay

is this like the 8 year old boy who wanted tennis balls for his every bday until he almost died, and no one knew what he did with the tennis balls?
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:05 AM   #33 (permalink)
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oh okay

is this like the 8 year old boy who wanted tennis balls for his every bday until he almost died, and no one knew what he did with the tennis balls?
No, that would be a shaggy-dog story, which is characterized by a very long buildup with an unsatisfactory ending. I'm not sure what category this joke is in.
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:16 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Sorry, I'm still not getting what's so funny about this joke

And what does it say about me that I don't find it funny? Is this joke only funny for people who have sophisticated senses of humor or something?
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:23 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:29 AM   #36 (permalink)
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As Redlemon points out, the joke is funny because it plays on our expectations. It assumes you have heard a similar joke that revolved around something misheard or a malapropism (i.e. pianist does not equal penis -- but they do sound an awful lot alike). We are expecting a big, clever finish but one is not delivered. In the end, the humour is derived from the play between our expectations and the simple answer. He received a big, orange head because he asked for it.

It is just plain silly. Nobody would ask for this.
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:31 AM   #37 (permalink)
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/me goes over to the unsophisticated humor corner...
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:13 AM   #38 (permalink)
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As Redlemon points out, the joke is funny because it plays on our expectations. It assumes you have heard a similar joke that revolved around something misheard or a malapropism (i.e. pianist does not equal penis -- but they do sound an awful lot alike). We are expecting a big, clever finish but one is not delivered. In the end, the humour is derived from the play between our expectations and the simple answer. He received a big, orange head because he asked for it.

It is just plain silly. Nobody would ask for this.
No, I understand the joke, I just don't understand why it is funny. Why is it hilarious that you expected one thing and got another?

Expecting humor + not getting humor /= humor [at least, to me]

Actually, nevermind, asking why yall think this is funny is like asking why I think Dumb and Dumber is the greatest movie ever created. It just is. We all have different senses of humor, I guess mine just doesn't find this one funny.

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Old 04-10-2006, 11:30 AM   #39 (permalink)
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No... I find Dumb and Dumber hilarious as well.

It's not funny to you because you've never known the heartbreak of psoriasis...
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:29 PM   #40 (permalink)
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I think it's funny that some people don't think it's funny.

The original joke is funny, too.

Not quite Da-daism...
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