Simply to have life bearable and not to throw ourselves over the cliff.
To compensate the tear with the smile.
To balance the pain with the laugh.
Like recently, the crew of the Fuso Szulc based now at the deserted location of El Triple in Mexico where life is simple and harsh and two persons live in a contained space with poor supplies, relaxation is sometimes found in cracking jokes.
Like one saying to the other recently: "Damned, again you didn't switch off the light in the fridge".
The crew couldn't stop laughing while there might be selected fervent and loyal blog readers who may remain stone cold and think what was so funny about that.
Fortunately, to stop any bickering about whether a joke is funny or not, a research team of the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. did a project to find out what are the best jokes in the world.
This project was created by Professor Richard Wiseman together with the British Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
It involved people from all over the world sending in their favorite jokes and rating how funny they found the jokes submitted by others.
Over 40,000 jokes were received and 1,5 millions ratings made.
The British scientists found that the best joke in the world is this one:
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?“
The best joke in the USA though, according to the research team of the University of Hertfordshire, is this one:
A man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in prayer.
His friend says: “Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You truly are a kind man.”
The man then replies: “Yeah, well we were married 35 years.”
Different from the best joke they found in Canada:
When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300°C.
The Russians used a pencil.
Then they found this joke from somewhere and it is hard to believe in no country it is a favorite:
An Alsatian went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote, “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”
The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: “There are only nine words here. You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.”
“But,” the dog replied, “that would make no sense at all.”
Enough jokes for today.
Or do you have a good one to share?
The research of the University of Hertfordshire on jokes can be found here: