The world’s funniest joke, official

aristocratsMonty Python spoofed the quest for The World’s Funniest Joke in a sketch. Set during World War II, Ernest Scribbler, a struggling British writer, creates the funniest joke in the world and dies laughing. Attempts to retrieve the joke are made, one including an officer who enters the home “aided by the sound of sombre music, played on gramophone records, and also by the chanting of laments by the men of Q Division.” Unfortunately, he also dies.
It is finally retrieved by the British Army, and after careful testing under war conditions, the joke is translated into German for use on the battlefield. Because the joke is so lethal, translators are only allowed to work on one word each. The German translation of the joke is this. Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! … Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput.
No? Well if it’s not that one, neither is it the joke called The Aristocrats which was so funny and so infamous that it was the subject of a film a couple of years back. The problem with The Aristocrats joke is this. Although it was Johnny Carson’s favourite joke and the film features famous people like Carrie Fisher, Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Robin Williams and Harry Shearer retelling it, there is absolutely no chance of it being repeated here.
Around the same time, the quest for the World’s Funniest Joke finally came to an end with an announcement in New Scientist after the publication of a year long research project by LaughLab, an online survey created by Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Some 2 million votes were cast for around 40,000 jokes. However, you can’t help but realise when you look at the top two, that The Aristocrats or anything like it would never make it to any shortlist, so what we actually have is the World’s Funniest Clean Joke. Nevertheless, the survey did throw up some interesting results that tell us a little about the way different cultures use humour.
Flying in the face of stereotypes, Germans were the most likely to find all types of jokes funny, while Canadians were the least amused of the 10 top responding nations. The British, Irish, Australians and New Zealanders favoured jokes involving wordplay. Example: Patient: “Doctor, I’ve got a strawberry stuck up my bum.” Doctor: “I’ve got some cream for that!”
Continental Europeans liked surreal jokes. 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 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.”
Americans and Canadians preferred jokes invoking a strong sense of superiority – either because a character looks stupid or is made to look stupid by someone else. Example: 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?”
Computer analysis of the survey also threw up a number of intriguing results. Not all animal jokes, for example, are created equal – jokes mentioning ducks were rated as funnier than other jokes.
Anyway, here it is, officially the World’s Funniest Joke (clean division). From an original by Spine Millington:
A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other man whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The man’s voice comes back on the line. He says: “OK, now what?”
Badum. Tish.


11 Responses to “The world’s funniest joke, official”

  1. 1 Stephen Foster April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

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    The bloke leaned over and tapped the man in front of him on the shoulder. ‘Excuse me, but I can’t get over your dog’s behavior.’
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    “What are you going to do?” the homeowner asks.

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    So the guy puts the ladder up, gets the bat and the shotgun and walks towards the ladder. As he gets to the base of the ladder, he hands the shotgun to the homeowner.

    “What’s the shotgun for?” asks the homeowner.

    “If the gorilla knocks me off the roof, shoot the dog!”

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