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it is a joke that’s not a joke,it is said by someone who doesn’t know what they talking about.this type of joke is not basic and it has a heat signature

Histories before Merging of Histories[edit]

History of World's worst joke

  • 18:58, 2004 Jul 13 Jerzy (+ main-art dab, needed because of similarly named article. Correct casing. Double link U of H; - ext link in running text; reasonable guess at what he really said. WP style for name refs.-> WP:CU)
  • 10:05, 2004 Jul 11 Peak Freak (merged some info from article about Funniest joke in the world here)
  • 09:42, 2004 Jul 11 Peak Freak (pasted text from World's Funniest Joke into this entry)

History of World's Funniest Joke

  • 09:41, 2004 Jul 11 Peak Freak (cut all text and pasted it into World funniest joke (see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (capitalization)))
  • 09:23, 2004 Jul 11 Peak Freak (External link - added extra links)
  • 19:01, 2004 Jul 6 Lady Lysine Ikinsile m (External link - Correct indentation level and/or fix capitalisation)
  • 17:52, 2004 Jun 13 Fuelbottle m (Category:Jokes)
  • 07:10, 2004 May 12 Jerzy (all who understood the language they heard it told in.)
  • 20:06, 2004 May 11 Alcarillo m (wiki)
  • 20:05, 2004 May 11 Alcarillo (added python bit)
  • 19:57, 2004 May 11 Alcarillo (total rewrite)
  • 04:10, 2004 May 11 Jerzy (Refactor material irrelevant to the MP article it was added to.)

These are just prior to merge by Jerzy(t) 02:25, 2004 Jul 14 (UTC)


The article presented the text as that of the experiment. Off-hand i like the "filled in" version better, but what is needed is not to improve on the 2nd-best joke, but to quote the experiment accurately.

I've therefore restored the prior version of the joke. (But thanks for the cop ed, which i retained.)

If what you mean is that the article is in error, first, say that clearly.

Second: The original editor got away with not providing documentation, largely bcz there was no controversy. If there is now a controversy, the change sought requires verification. If the Web has that, provide an exact URL (not just the site's front page.)

The comments above are not mine, but to answer: The article's quote of the joke was in error. It had been heavily paraphrased, and in one place read quite differently. I replaced it with the actual joke that I cut-and-pasted from the LaughLab site. The only change I made was to capitalize an "a" at the beginning of a sentence. You may not be able to see a more exact URL than Click "In second place" link to read joke. Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (talk) 04:31, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
I have changed it back yet again, removing a reference to religion (read: controversy) and making the joke clearer. Please do not change the joke from its original version. --SweetNightmares (awaken) 14:34, 5 June 2011 (UTC)


Regarding this sentence:

The experiment was conducted in Britain, where researchers solicited people around the world to contribute jokes as well as judge them.

Is the wording appropriate? How come it was conducted in Britain if the research covered people around the world? Maybe it should be reworded differently to imply that "British researchers surveyed people from around the world" if that is what is meant here? Is it? --Jūzeris | Talk 16:51, 21 August 2005 (UTC)

Spike Milligan[edit]

The article claims Spike Milligan created the winning joke. However, none of the sources support or refute it. I'm removing the mention and replacing it with a note that Geoff Anandappa Gurpal Gosall (switched first and second places) submitted it, which is noted on the Laugh Lab website itself. However, if someone is sure Milligan invented the joke, they should feel free to add that information, citing their source. Superm401 | Talk 06:02, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

The Daily Telegraph today claims it was definitely Spike. The Real Walrus 12:01, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

NPOV considerations?[edit]

Have people other than Wiseman done similar studies? Ardric47 18:41, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

That's an interesting question, but I don't see how it's an NPOV issue. Smajie 17:07, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

This article is in violation of NPOV. One cannot erect the title "World's funniest joke" based on the results of a press release from one laboratory, no matter how many outlets ran the AP story. The article has to be expanded greatly, in which case it should be titled something like funniest joke research or it should be retitled to what it is, an article about "LaughLab". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:01, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

We're only reporting that that's how it was described at the time. We have plenty of articles on things titled "The Best X", such as The Best Page In The Universe, but to me the article titles don't imply our opinion. I'm not too concerned about NPOV in this case. There's nothing wrong with LaughLab as a title though. AlmostReadytoFly (talk) 07:24, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Funniest joke[edit]

Is the world's funniest joke that people think that there will be one? Jackiespeel 17:38, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

No --WikiSlasher 10:50, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Funnier jokes than here can be had even on the Jim_Varney page. Jidanni 07:33, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

You mean, that page which has zero jokes on it? OK.
Joke Jidanni 06:52, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Maybe its just that I've already heard them before, but none of these made me do more than smile, very slightly. Oh well. WikiReaderer 01:29, 22 August 2007 (UTC)


it's funny that the top joke in Australia is the only one which in fact isn't funny! lol take it easy boys --euyyn 10:22, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

none of these are funny!are people that stupid?!

yes —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:34, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Although this is indeed irrelevant to the discussion, I have to disagree with User:Euyyn. I personally like the Holmes-Watson joke, and it rings a bell. I think I have seen some variants of it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Danny sepley (talkcontribs) 05:35, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Hey, I didn't say anything about any other joke, just the australian one. Indeed from what I say you can infer that I found all the other jokes funny... --euyyn (talk) 09:57, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

These jokes suck!! Where's the sex?!?!?!?! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:48, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

BBC Joke Survey[edit]

Roughly 5 years ago the BBC World Service announced two "winners" of a "best joke ever" survey. I don't have a reference but it may be related to a "funniest joke(s) of the 20th century" collection for a time capsule[1]. From memory here are the jokes.

  • A team of scientists are visiting Mars where the Martians turn out to be friendly and interested in cultural exchange. The teams agree to demonstrate how each race reproduces. The Martians show first. A Martian with blue hair rubs the front of a Martian with pink hair, then a door opens on the front of the pink Martian and out steps a perfectly formed Martian baby. Now it is the turn of the earth team from whom a man and a woman have volunteered to demonstrate reproduction. After witnessing the act the Martians ask in confusion But where is the baby? The earth scientists reply We have to wait 9 months for the baby. The Martians say If you have to wait so long for a result, why such a rush towards the end?
  • A traffic policeman orders a car to stop because it has three penguins in the rear seat. What are those penguins doing there? the policeman asks the driver. Oh I don't know, they just appeared and don't seem to be doing any harm, replies the driver. Well you must take them to a zoo, orders the policeman. Next day the policemen stops the same car when he sees the penguins are still in it but this time they are wearing sunglasses. Didn't I tell you to take them to the zoo? he demands. The driver replies Yes, I did, and today I'm taking them to the beach. Cuddlyable3 (talk) 14:07, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Submiter wasn't writer[edit]

The holmes watson joke was on this wikipedia page for russian jokes before the test was done.

Ugly-baby woman on the bus joke "origin"[edit]

I don't know if this has any relevance, but the "Ugly-baby woman on the bus" joke appeared on an episode of The Jack Benny Program. (talk) 02:49, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

It is actually an old Flip Wilson bit. He performed it on Johnny Carson's show. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:51, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Merge to Richard Wiseman[edit]

The proposal to merge with Richard Wiseman was made in April 2010. It was Nov 2010 when I came on this page and could find no other reference to the merge proposal, there isn't even the corresponding link in Richard Wiseman's page. Is this still under discussion or can the banner be removed? For the record, I think this is a more general topic than Richard Wiseman so should not be merged. Aarghdvaark (talk) 11:40, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 August 2015[edit]

Removed in November 2013, the following section was labelled "Other findings" until it was removed in this edit, seemingly by mistake.

Researchers also included five computer-generated jokes, four of which fared rather poorly, but one was rated higher than one third of the human jokes:[1]

What kind of murderer has moral fiber?" – "A cereal killer. (talk) 05:23, 10 August 2015 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Done. Good find, thanks. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 13:15, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Additional Information[edit]

There's a wealth of information that could be added to the article in a report here - for example, which cultures preferred which types of jokes, or which countries were seen to be most 'funny'. (talk) 16:27, 16 March 2017 (UTC)