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Welcome to the LaughLab site

This world famous, year long, project set out to discover the world's funniest joke.

It was created by Prof. Richard Wiseman and The British Association for the Advancement of Science, and involved people sending in their favourite jokes, and rating how funny they found the jokes submitted by others.

The project was reported across the globe, resulting in us receiving over 40,000 jokes and 1.5 million ratings.

LaughLab has now finished, but you can read all about it on this site, and in Prof. Wiseman's new book, Quirkology.

Listen to Prof Wiseman talk at The Hayward Gallery about his scientific search for the world's funniest joke here.



The winning joke

In second place

Humour across the globe

It's all about timing

The brain's funnybone

Freudian funnies

Superiority theory

Incongruity theory

Images and soundclips

Fun facts