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Old 20-12-2001, 04:15:54   #1
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The funniest joke in Britain

And no, I am not talking about their cricket team.

From today's paper:
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Britain's funniest joke was named yesterday by scientists investigating the psychology of laughter.

A total of 100,000 people were invited to submit and rate jokes as part of an experiment called Laughlab. From a collection of 10,000, (the following joke) emerged the winner with a rating of 47% of those taking part.

The joke, submitted by Geoff Anandappa, from Blackpool, goes like this:

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go camping, and pitch their tents under the stars. During the night, Holmes wakes his companion and says "Watson, look at the stars, and tell me what you deduce".

Watson says "I see milions of stars, and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely that there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might laso be life."

Holmes replies: "Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent..."
And this is the best joke in Britain?
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Old 20-12-2001, 08:22:15   #2
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The fact that it is the funniest joke in Britain only makes funnier. Or sadder, if your British.
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Old 20-12-2001, 09:01:57   #3
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...and it sounds awfully familiar...
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Old 20-12-2001, 10:24:44   #4
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The british never really were very good at jokes, were they? Most of their humour is more absurdist.
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Old 20-12-2001, 10:59:49   #5
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How can anyone live here and not have a good sense of the absurd?
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Old 20-12-2001, 11:09:07   #6
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No, that was probably the best joke that was publishable... most of the jokes I receive would never be printed in the press!!!
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Old 20-12-2001, 11:09:56   #7
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It's the way you tell them...
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Old 20-12-2001, 11:27:20   #8
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OK what Greg dosnt mention is that the survey was also carried out all round the world and according to my paper that was the winner overall and just hapened to come from the UK. So for fairness sake heres some of the winners in each country:

Australia: a man left for a holiday in jamaica. His wife was on a buisness trip there and was to meet him at their hotel the next day. On arrival he decides to send her an email but when he tries to type her address he misses one letter and his note goes to an elderly preachers wife whos husband passed away only a few days before. After reading the note she screams and falls over stone dead. her family rush in and see this on the screen Dearest wife, just got checked in everything ready for your arrival tomorrow, your loving husband. PS Sure is hot down here

Britain a man goes to see his doctor with a peice of lettuce sticking out of his bottom. The doctor says "I'm afraid its serious, this is just the tip of an iceberg"

german Why is television called a medium? Its is neither rare or well done.

sweden a guy phones the hospital and shouts "you have to help me my wifes in labour", the operator replies "calm down sir, is this her first child?", He replies "No! its her husband!"

new zealand A priest conducts a service and says that whoever donates the most to the church collection gets to choose the three hymns. When the box comes back one old lady has put in a check for £1000. He asks which three hymns she would like. She points to three young men in the congregation and says "him, him and him"

The belgian one was too poor to recount...
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Old 20-12-2001, 11:32:22   #9
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Those are terrible.
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Old 20-12-2001, 11:33:29   #10
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I like the nz one
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:07:06   #11
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The German one isn't even a joke!
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:12:06   #12
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tip of the iceberg- i liked that. Anything to do with stuff being stuck in/up people's bottoms is intrinsically funny
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:43:55   #13
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You sick individual... but I agree, it is usually funny!
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:47:59   #14
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Originally posted by MikeH
The German one isn't even a joke!
It even doesn't work in german!
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:51:14   #15
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There you go then... someones telling porkies.
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:52:37   #16
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Are we suprised by this?
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Old 20-12-2001, 12:53:33   #17
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Does the plural imply you are an alter ego?
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Old 20-12-2001, 13:03:36   #18
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Old 20-12-2001, 13:55:56   #19
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The key to understanding Swedish humour is that the joke doesn't matter- it's the unselfconcious irony/kitch factor/absurdity that matters.
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Old 20-12-2001, 22:03:53   #20
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Well Beta, that was pretty much the whole article - it didn't mention anything about other jokes.

All pretty poor though.
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Old 22-12-2001, 10:19:29   #21
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Shows you why it was a poor joke that won out, world wide doesn't it?

I liked the Aussie, Swedish, German, and New Zealand ones. I've heard them all before, but still find them very humorous.
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