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The World's Funniest Joke?

From the Globe and Mail, a story on LaughLab, an attempt to determine the funniest joke across cultures:

Drum roll, please an on-line search for the world's funniest joke has produced a winner.

In a year-long experiment called LaughLab, a British psychology professor asked thousands of people round the world to rate the humour value of a list of jokes; they could also add their own favorites.

In December, Dr. Richard Wiseman and his associates announced the front-runner, an old gag involving fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, his sidekick, Dr. Watson, and a tent. In the final tally of some two million votes for 40,000 jokes that was announced Thursday, however, a new joke emerged as a round-the-world rib-tickler:

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?"

Of course, as we all know, the joke that is truly the world's funniest was destroyed after being used by the UK against Germany in World War II.

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