Academic humour that’s theoretically funny

Social science isn't very. What did the sociologist ask the anthropologist? ‘What did the sociologist ask the anthropologist?’. How did the anthropologist answer the sociologist? ‘There’s a better way to tell this joke’. If criminology students empathised, would it be...

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Jokes just for fun

I tell Dad jokes. He likes them. Memory’s a big thing at my age. I sometimes forget to put the what’samacallit in the thingamybob so whosit has to use the whatsit in the thingamajig instead, and what’shisface, who does diddleysquat on his thingo thingy, reckons...

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Dad jokes about religion

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So each one goes into the woods, finds a bear, and attempts to convert it. Later, they all get together. The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the catechism and sprinkled him...

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Punchlines explain the whole story

Jokes demonstrate the value of being concise. Often the punchline is enough, and the set-up is superfluous. Perhaps the same can be said for many presentations and documents, when the executive summary alone is best. How do you think I rang the doorbell? There's my...

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A slogan is a slow gun unless it’s a punchline

Advertising with humour makes what’s being advertised more likeable, memorable and saleable. ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ... DeBeers “Diamonds are forever” – 1948 Nike “Just do it” (1988 video commercial) Coca Cola “The pause that refreshes” – 1929 Miller Lite...

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78 jokes about bureaucracy

A candidate goes in for a job interview and sits down with the Human Resources talent acquisition and psychometric testing director, who asks: 'What do you think is your worst quality?' The applicant says: 'I’m probably too honest'. The HR director says: 'That’s not a...

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28 witty advertising slogans

Harley Davidson – American by Birth. Rebel by Choice. Walmart – Save Money. Live Better. Reebok – I am what I am. Nike – Just do it. Adidas – Impossible is Nothing. Calvin Klein – Between love and madness lies obsession. Marks & Spencer – The customer is always...

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25 mostly business jokes

For just $100 a month you can reduce your annual income by $1,200. I’ve been voted employee of the month for the past 22 months. Being self-unemployed isn’t all bad. I received a notice about an ‘outstanding payment’. I don’t remember making it, but I glad they liked...

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A hoax is not a prank

The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014) explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally (see the publication URL below). The article 'Hoax and Prank' was co-authored by Rodney Marks and Jessica Milner Davis, and is...

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25 irreverent and irrelevant jokes

If I had a dollar for every time I left something unfinished, There's a fine line between hyphenated words. Ivory hunters: tsk tsk. I've never questioned myself, so why should I start now? A man walks into a library. and asks for a book about disappointing jokes. The...

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