Joke

A joke is a short story or short series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of being laughed at or found humorous by the listener or reader. A practical joke differs in that the humour is not verbal, but mainly visual (e.g. putting a custard pie in somebody's face).

Most jokes contain two components: joke setup (for example, "A man walks into a bar...") and a punchline, which, when juxtaposed with the setup, provides the necessary irony to elicit laughter from the audience.

Psychology of jokes

Why we laugh has been the subject of serious academic study, examples being:

  • Sigmund Freud's "Jokes and Their Relationship to the Unconscious".
  • Marvin Minsky in Society of Mind.
  • Edward de Bono in "The mechanism of the mind" and "I am right, you are wrong".

Laughter, the intended human reaction to jokes, is healthful in moderation, uses the stomach muscles, and releases endorphins, natural happiness-inducing chemicals, into the bloodstream.

One of the most complete and informative books on different types of jokes and how to tell them is Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor, which encompasses several broad categories of humor, and gives useful tips on how to tell them, who to tell them to, and ways to change the joke to fit your audience.

Types of jokes

Jokes often depend for humour on the unexpected, the mildly taboo (which can include the distasteful or socially improper), or the playing on stereotypes and other cultural myths. Many jokes fit into more than one category.

Mathematical jokes

Main article: Mathematical joke

There are numerous jokes related to mathematics. Many of them are in-jokes, but may also be understandable by laymen.

A series of them parodies mathematical/logical chains of reason.

  • Mathematical proof:
  • Logic

Jokes in a certain category superficially look like math, but their essence is more akin to chemical composition.

Yo' mama jokes

Main article: The dozens. Jokes of this kind originate in the dozens, an African-American custom with West African roots in which two competitors -- usually males -- go head to head in a competition of comedic, often ribald, trash-talk. The target of the traded insults is most often the opponents' mothers, but can involve other family members as well.

  • Yo mama's so dumb when your dad said it's chilly outside, she ran out with a spoon.
  • Yo mama so dark that she can leave fingerprints on charcoal.
  • Yo mama so fat when she gets on the scale it says to be continued.
  • Yo mama so fat, when her pager goes off, people think she's backing up.
  • Yo mama's glasses are so thick, she can see the future.

Political jokes

Political jokes tell about politicians and heads of states. There are two large categories of this type of jokes. The first one makes fun of a negative attitude to political opponents or to politicians in general. The second one makes fun of political cliches, mottos, catch phrases or simply blunders of politicians.

Examples

A related subcategory is lawyer jokes plays on the commonly-held stereotypes about lawyers.

The following joke circulates for quite some time, with many different versions for <President> and <Other Country>.


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Logic

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Six Flags Power Plant in Baltimore (closed in 1989). Six Flags Atlantis in Hollywood (sold in 1989; destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992). Movie World Madrid in Madrid. Warner Bros.

Six Flags La Ronde in Montréal. Six Flags México in Mexico City, Distrito Federal. Six Flags Splashtown in unincorporated Harris County (Spring), near Houston. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Six Flags Over Texas (the original park) in Arlington near Dallas and Fort Worth. White Water Bay in Oklahoma City will no longer be Six Flags properties at the end of the 2006 season. Frontier City in Oklahoma City.

The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George. Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien, near Buffalo. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, between New York City, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Six Flags Saint Louis in Eureka, near Saint Louis (formerly Six Flags Over Mid-America).

Six Flags New England in Agawam, near Springfield and Hartford, Connecticut. and Baltimore. Six Flags America in Largo, near Washington, D.C. Six Flags New Orleans in New Orleans (Status uncertain due to Hurricane Katrina).

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Six Flags White Water in Marietta, near Atlanta. Six Flags Over Georgia (the second park) in Austell, near Atlanta.

Six Flags Elitch Gardens in Denver. Six Flags Waterworld in Sacramento. Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, near San Francisco. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, near Los Angeles.

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