The winning joke
After much careful scrutiny,
we finally found the joke that received higher ratings than any
other gag. 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?"
This joke was submitted by
Gurpal Gosall, a 31 year old psychiatrist from Manchester in the
UK. He told LaughLab:
"I like the joke as it makes people feel better, because it
reminds them that there is always someone out there who is doing
something more stupid than themselves."
Here is a picture of Gurpal in front of a large poster containing
The joke is interesting because it works across many different countries,
appeals to men and women, and young and old alike. Many of the jokes
submitted received higher ratings from certain groups of people,
but this one had real universal appeal.
Also, we find jokes funny
for lots of different reasons – they sometimes make us feel
superior to others, reduce the emotional impact of anxiety-provoking
events, or surprise us because of some kind of incongruity. The
hunters joke contains all three elements – we feel superior
to the stupid hunter, realise the incongruity of him misunderstanding
the operator and the joke helps us to laugh about our concerns about
our own mortality.
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