The “world’s funniest joke” is a term used by Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in 2002 to summarize one of the results of his research.
For his experiment, named LaughLab, he created a website where people could rate and submit jokes.
The winning joke is as follows:
Two hunters in the forest
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 take 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 gun shot is heard.
Back on the phone, the guy says, «OK, now what?»
Here is the joke that came in on second place over the world’s funniest jokes.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Go Camping
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.
Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.
«Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.»
«I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes» replies Watson.
«And what does that tell you?»
Watson ponders for a minute.
«Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.»
«Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.»
«Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.»
«Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.»
«Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe…»
«What does it tell you, Holmes?»
Holmes is silent for a moment. «Watson, you idiot!» he says. «Someone has stolen our tent!»
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