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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:51 PM

Scientists say this is the funniest joke in the world

Today from the random-stuff file… Discovery News reminds us that in 2002, British social scientists set out to find the funniest joke in the world.

Researchers from the University of Herfordshire started a “LaughLab” program to test jokes in a cross-cultural context across all demographics. They asked people around the world to submit jokes — and to rate how funny they found jokes submitted by peers.

The winner worldwide? This little gem submitted by a psychiatrist in Manchester, England. It involves hunters in New Jersey — maybe British hunters just aren’t as funny.

A couple of New Jersey 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 guy whips out his cell 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 guy’s voice comes back on the line. He says: “OK, now what?”

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http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/12/30/scientists-say-this-is-the-funniest-joke-in-the-world/

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freshwest Dec 2011 #3
flying rabbit Dec 2011 #4
James48 Dec 2011 #5
icymist Jan 2012 #7
ZombieHorde Dec 2011 #6

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:56 PM

1. I laughed

Although I think I have laughed harder at some other things (Louis CK comes to mind), but I can see how this joke would have universal appeal.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:10 PM

2. The joke was based on a Goon Show skit written by Spike Milligan. nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:46 PM

3. LOL! It's like that GOP/Obama joke posted recently.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:24 PM

4. Didn't Monty Python

chronicle the worlds funniest joke? And wasn't it deadly? This is no laughing matter.

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Response to flying rabbit (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:35 PM

5. Yes. n/t

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Response to James48 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 6, 2012, 02:06 AM

7. Oh that's a classic!

Thank you for that.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:20 PM

6. I laughed out loud. nt

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