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The World's Funniest Joke Revisited

I've briefly mentioned the world's funniest joke -- the skit by Monty Python about the killer joke of World War II -- but the URL I referenced is broken now, and I'm not sure it had the complete text to begin with. So...

My favorite part of the skit has always been the German response to England's killer joke:

Voice Over: But at Peenemunde in the Autumn of '44, the Germans were working on a joke of their own.

A German general is seated at an imposing desk. Behind him stands Otto... Bespectacled German scientist/joke writer enters room. He clears his throat and reads from card.

German Joker: Die ist ein Kinnerhunder und zwei Mackel uber und der bitte schon ist den Wunderhaus sprechensie. 'Nein' sprecht der Herren 'Ist aufern borger mit zveitingen'.

He finishes and looks hopeful.

Otto: We let you know.

He shoots him. Film of German scientists.

Voice Over: But by December their joke was ready, and Hitler gave the order for the German V-Joke to be broadcast in English.

Cut to 1940's wartime radio set with couple anxiously listening to it.

Radio: (crackly German voice) Der ver zwei peanuts, valking down der strasse, and von vas... assaulted! Peanut. Ho-ho-ho-ho.

Radio bursts into "Deutschland Uber Alles". The couple look at each other and then in blank amazement at the radio.


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