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Old 04-19-2003, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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World's Funniest Joke: A Scientific Study

The World's Funniest Joke -- Official
Thu Oct 3,10:34 AM ET
By Corey Ullman

LONDON (Reuters) - After a year of painstaking scientific research, the
world's funniest joke was revealed on Thursday.

In a project described as the largest-ever scientific study into humor,
the British Association for the Advancement of Science ( news - web sites)
asked Internet users around the world to submit their favorite jokes and
rate the funniness of other people's offerings.

More than 40,000 jokes from 70 countries and two million critiques later,
this is it:

"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 man pulls out his
phone and calls emergency services.

He gasps to the operator: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator
in a calm, soothing voice replies: "Take it easy. 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 hunter says, "Ok, now what?"

Researchers found significant differences between nations in the types of
jokes they found funny.

People from the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
preferred gags involving word play, such as:

PATIENT: "Doctor, I've got a strawberry stuck up my bum."

DOCTOR: "I've got some cream for that."

Americans and Canadians favored jokes where people were made to look
stupid.

TEXAN: "Where are you from?"

HARVARD GRAD: "I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with
prepositions."

TEXAN: "OK -- where are you from, jackass?"

Meanwhile, many Europeans liked gags that were surreal or made light of
serious subjects such as illness, death and marriage:

A patient says, "Doctor, last night I made a Freudian slip, I was having
dinner with my mother-in-law and wanted to say: 'Could you please pass the
butter?'

"But instead I said: 'You silly cow, you have completely ruined my life.'"

Marriage-mocking also featured in the top American joke:

"A man and a friend are playing golf one day. One of the guys is about to
chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road
next to the course.

"He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows
down in prayer. His friend says: 'Wow that is the most thoughtful and
touching thing I have ever seen. You are truly a kind man.'

"The man then replies: 'Yeah, well, we were married 35 years.'"

Death earned big laughs in Scotland:

"I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming
in terror like his passengers."

And animals figured prominently. Take the number one joke in England:

"Two weasels are sitting on a bar stool. One starts to insult the other
one. He screams, 'I slept with your mother!'

"The bar gets quiet as everyone listens to see what the other weasel will
do.

"The first again yells, 'I SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER!'

"The other says: 'Go home dad, you're drunk.'"

The survey revealed other fun facts:

-- Of the countries rating the highest number of jokes, Germans, perhaps
surprisingly, laughed the most. Canadians laughed least.

-- If you want to tell a funny animal joke, make it a duck.

-- The most frequently submitted joke, at 300 times, was: "What's brown
and sticky? A stick."

Researchers said no one ever found it funny.

The findings can be read at www.laughlab.co.uk

Copyright 2002 Reuters Limited.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yea its pretty old
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Old 04-19-2003, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I read about that last year, quite strange that these jokes were deemed the best, they aren't all that great!
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Old 04-19-2003, 09:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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some are actualy funny!
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Old 04-20-2003, 03:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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"What's brown and sticky? A stick." What! Nobody found that funny! Thats the greatest joke of all time!
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Wenn ist das Nunstrück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! ... Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

<i>That's</i> the funniest joke in the world. Over sixty thousand times as powerful as Britain's great pre-war joke.
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Old 04-20-2003, 07:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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"What's brown and sticky? A stick." What! Nobody found that funny! Thats the greatest joke of all time!
I've got to agree with you. My college roommate told that joke about 10 times a day. After a while, it becomes funny (or maybe just mind numbing).
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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That Scottish one is great
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Old 04-20-2003, 09:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I liked a number of these, especially the "I slept with your mother" one
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