After 13 years and more than 1.5 million votes on a website called Laughlab, we can tell you what a great number of people on the Internet considered the funniest joke in the world.
People posted jokes on Laughlab and then others told them whether they were funny or not. Quite simple.
Here is the joke that rose to the top:
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?”
According to the website, this joke was submitted by a 31-year-old British psychiatrist from Manchester named Gurpal Gosall.
Gosall explained that he liked the joke because it “reminds [people] that there is always someone out there who is doing something more stupid than themselves.”
Some think the joke that came in second place, however, was much funnier.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.”
Holmes said: “and what do you deduce from that?”
Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life.”
And Holmes said: “Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent.”
That joke was submitted by Geoff Anandappa.
This story inspired others to submit jokes of their own, such as “I bought a pair of shoes from a drug dealer the other day. I dunno what he laced them with but I’ve been tripping all day.”
Which of the top two jokes do you find funnier and do you think you have a funnier joke up your sleeve?