The World’s Funniest Joke has been Discovered by Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire
The project goals were simple… Find and identify the funniest joke in the world. The means to the discovery were equally as simple… Create a website where people could submit and rate jokes of all kinds. Additional discoveries made by the research project included identifying the joke with the widest global appeal and understanding amongst different cultures world wide. More than 40,000 jokes were submitted, with more than 1.5 million ratings.
After all the ratings were tallied, LaughLab had discovered The World’s Funniest Joke – and here it is…
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 whips 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 shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?”
The winning joke was submitted by Gurpal Gosall, a 31 year old psychiatrist from Manchester in the UK. (It was later found to be based on a 1951 Goon Show sketch by Spike Milligan.)
The following joke was an early leader, but eventually came in second place…
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.”
Holmes said: “and what do you deduce from that?”
Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life.”
And Holmes said: “Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent.”
The second place joke was submitted by Geoff Anandappa of Blackpool in Britain.
You can read more about the LaughLab experiment at their website.