11 March 2008

Joke Beta

"A joke is a very serious thing." Winston Churchill

It is never easy to tell a joke, because it is both art and science. Some jokes make people laugh, while some only appeal to certain types of people.

It is a known fact that nobody can please everyone, so is there one joke that surely makes everyone laugh?

In an experiment conducted in Britain, people around the world were invited to judge jokes on an Internet site as well as contribute their own.

The research attracted more than 40,000 jokes, and here is the world's funniest joke that claims to make everyone laugh...

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 takes 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 gunshot is heard.

Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

The joke works across many different countries, and appeals to men and women and young and old alike.

In fact, the hunters joke contains four key elements of a funny joke. First, it makes people feel superior to others. Second, it reduces the emotional impact of anxiety-provoking situations. Third, it surprises people because of some kind of incongruity, and last but not least, jokes containing 103 words are thought to be especially funny, and the hunters joke is 102 words long.

Joke is no joke, for it brings happiness which is rare nowadays.

If joker is funny, it is because s/he makes little things count by making people happy.

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