Friday, 14 September 2007

Ha Ha

The chap behind me on the bus this morning retold a joke that he had heard on tv last night. Now, I heard the joke last night and laughed. Somehow, when this fellow told it to his partner, he managed to suck every ounce of life from it. Perhaps it was his ploddy, precise paraphrasing and emotionless delivery that killed it. Anyway, she didn't laugh and it transpired that this guy was a lecturer.

A couple of our regular maggoty chums are not in the best of health at the moment.
So here's the world's funniest joke for you guys, the winner of Richard Wiseman's experiment.
The joke is credited to Spike Milligan.

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?

Immanuel Kant suggested that 'Laughter is an effect that arises if a tense expectation is transformed into nothing.'
Which is why we laugh when that old woman falls into the river and, rather than drowning, bobs to the surface with a horrified look on her face.
And which is why we might find this amusing.

1 comment:

esruel said...

Good ol' Spike. Funniest guy ever! As they say: they don't make 'em like that any more.