German humor, and the funniest joke in the world

Das Berlin Blog

A British psychologist has conducted the largest worldwide study of humor, and in the process has discovered the allegedly funniest joke in the world, as well as varying takes on humor in different countries.

I can say right off the bat that the funniest joke in the world is, in fact, not the funniest joke in the world, but 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?”

More interesting, I think, are the discrepancies in senses of humor…

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