The Laugh Lab is a study into the realm of humor. It is part of a program called Science Year which "aims to raise awareness of science among young people." On 20 December 2001 the Laugh Lab published what it claims is the World's Funniest Joke.
Two hunters from New Jersey are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing. The other whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps out to the operator: "My friend is dead. What can I do?"
The operator in a a calm voice says " Just take it easy. 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?"
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping and pitch their tent under the stars. During the night, Holmes wakes Watson and says "Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce."
Watson says: "I see millions of stars, and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."
Holmes replies: "Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent."
Author: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 21 Dec 2001