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SENSE OF HUMOUR differs in every culture

Updated: Mar 8, 2020


Two hunters are strolling the forest, when one of them suddenly collapses, showing no signs of life. The other hunter doesn’t miss a beat and immediately gets on his cell phone and calls emergency.

“My friend is no longer alive! What should I do?”

“Relax”, the voice on the other end says. “I am here to help. First of all, you need to make sure, if he’s really dead.” There is a momentary silence on the phone, when suddenly a shot came. Then hunter says, “Done. What’s next?”

If you’re laughing out loud, you’re on the right track, because based on the results of an extensive survey, British scientists have identified the joke as the funniest joke in the world. The Reuters polls included 40,000 jokes from seventy countries and two million respondents took part in it across the Internet.

Scientists, led by psychologist Richard Weisman of Hertfordshire University, have come to the conclusion that there are considerable differences between the different nations in terms what’s funny. The Germans laugh the most, when Canadians the least.

In addition, the Germans laugh at anything, and they have no reserved perimeter of anecdotes. In contrast, Irish, Brits, Australians, and New Zealanders prefer play on words, and in America and Canada, they like jokes where people make fools. Europeans mostly prefer black humor, laughing at serious things, such as illness, death or weddings. The wedding is a target of mockery even to the Americans. The entertainment in death is most common in Scotland.

The most popular Scottish joke is quite short; "I'd like to die in peace like my grandfather. And not with the terror on the face like his passengers did. "

The Americans are laughing the most about how two men play golf, when one of them is just about to hit the ball when he spots a funeral parade. He interrupts the match, takes off his cap, shuts his eyes and takes a bow. The other player is completely shocked... "You're really a kind man," he says. "Yes," answers the first one. "After all, we were married 35 years.

The Belgians laugh at a question of why the ducks have webbed feet. So they can stamp out the fire. And why the elephants have flat feet? So they can stamp out the burning ducks.

And one more, which was liked by all Europeans.

The patient complains to his doctor that yesterday evening he had committed a Freudian slip of tongue. "I was having supper, with my mother-in-law, when I wanted to say, 'Could you, please pass me the butter?' Instead, it slipped out of me, 'you stupid cow, you completely ruined my life.' "

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