Friday, March 9, 2007

"Funny" Jokes

I wasn’t looking, but someone else’s blog had a post about humor in different cultures.

Go here to read the “world’s funniest joke,” according to an experiment done in Britain.

Go here to read popular jokes from selected countries.

Some findings on humor around the world (emphasis mine):

"One intriguing result was that Germans -- not renowned for their sense of humour -- found just about everything funny and did not express a strong preference for any type of joke. (Full story)

People from the Republic of Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand most enjoyed jokes involving word plays.

Many European countries, such as France, Denmark and Belgium, displayed a penchant for off-beat surreal humour, while Americans and Canadians preferred jokes where there was a strong sense of superiority -- either because a character looks stupid or is made to look stupid by someone else.

Europeans also enjoyed jokes that involved making light of topics that make people feel anxious, such as death, illness and marriage.

Wiseman said: 'These results are really interesting. It suggests that people from different parts of the world have fundamentally different senses of humour. ' " (from CNN; original source:

P.S. For some reason I liked the joke from UK the best. I didn't get the "world's funniest joke," nor the jokes from the other countries listed. I don't know what that means.

1 comment:

  1. it COULD mean that because your father is 50% scottish, 25% british, and 25% welsh, and
    your mother has a chunk of UK also (along with french and german), you can "relate" to UK humor?!!


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