Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The National Sense of Humour

According to a study carried out by a British University, the British sense of humour can be summed up by the following joke:

Patient: Doctor, I have got a strawberry stuck up my bottom!
Doctor: Don't worry, I have got some cream for it.

OK, it is not a very good joke, but sadly, it IS the sort of joke that will get a good reaction from the majority of Brits! Hm.

Now, it is a commonly held belief in Britain that the Germans have no sense of humour. This probably dates back to the world wars, when all sorts of things were said in the name of propaganda. The joke that sums up the German sense of humour is this one:

Astronomers have decided that the Moon is gradually moving away from the Earth and have calculated that 50 million years ago it was orbiting at a height of around 30 feet. This could explain the extinction of the dinosaurs - well the tall ones anyway...

No for me, this is much better! What do you think?

Is there such a thing as a National Sense of Humour? These were the only 2 countries that I have heard comments about. Is there a type of humour that characterizes the USA, Canada, etc?


amazingbrenda said...

ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing)!!LOL!! That is the funniest joke I'ved heard..I got to telll that to my husband.

Yah! I don't get the german humor either..hmm it's prob. b/c they are so stiffffff...It's like they need to get out, whatever is stuck up there. Ok that can totally be the strawberry lol.

Terri said...

Americans love "blonde" jokes. Here's one that was sent to me recently:

A blonde woman was having financial troubles so she decided to
kidnap a child and demand a ransom. She went to a local park,
grabbed a little boy, took him behind a tree and wrote this
note. "I have kidnapped your child. I am sorry to do this but I
need the money. Leave $10,000 in a plain brown bag behind the
big oak tree in the park at 7 AM." Signed, "The Blonde".
She pinned the note inside the little boy's jacket and told him
to go straight home. The next morning, she returned to the park
to find the $10,000 in a brown bag behind the big oak tree, just
as she had instructed.
Inside the bag was the following note. "Here is your money. I
cannot believe that one blonde would do this to another."

Logziella said...

Too funny Terri!!!!

Hmmm...I am not sure how to describe American humor. I loved Terri's joke though.

I think I get all of your jokes John...unless there are some that I missed and didn't even know it!

amazingbrenda said...

A married couple had gotten in an argument earlier that day. Since none wanted to talk to each other b/c that would require an apology, they both went to bed.

The husband then remembered that he had to catch a 6 o'clock am flight. So that meant he had to get up super early. His wife was the one who usually would wake him up. Since he didn't want to be the 1st one to talk, he decided to write her a note that read like this:
"Honey could you please wake me up early, I have an early flight to catch"

The next morning the man wakes up & notices that is 9am. What the what!! Furious he turns around & see's a note laying on the night stand that read like this"
"Honey it's 5am, time to get up"

Logziella said...

Amazing-HA!! Our Pastor just told that same joke last week!!!