Saturday, June 10, 2006

Jokes apart. A funny thing happened …

Believe it or not, the silver lining to the dark clouds of the new millennium's first year was an Internet-based experiment into the psychology of humour called 'Laughlab'. Launched by the University of Hertfordshire and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, its first findings based on an overwhelming response of over 10000 jokes rated by more than 100000 people from 70 odd countries were released in the latter part of December 2001. The winner with thumbs-up from 47% participants was this joke sent in by Geoff Anandappa from Blackpool, UK:

Holmes and Watson go camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. Middle of the night, Holmes wakes up Watson.

"Look up at the stars, Watson, and tell me what you deduce."

"I see millions of stars," says Watson, "and even if a few of them have planets and even if a few of the planets are like the Earth, there's a likelihood of life out there."

"Watson, you idiot," retorts Holmes, "somebody stole our tent."

Move over, Seinfeld.

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