This is joke was not necessarily the funniest joke but it is the one joke that appealed to most people as funny:
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?”
People from the Republic of Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand most enjoyed jokes involving word plays.
One example was as follows. Patient: “Doctor, I’ve got a strawberry stuck up my bum.” Doctor: “I’ve got some cream for that!”
Americans and Canadians, on the other hand, preferred jokes where there was a strong sense of superiority – either because a character looks stupid or is made to look stupid by someone else.
This was an example of American humour.
Texan: “Where are you from?”
Harvard graduate: “I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions.”
Texan: “OK, where are you from, Jackass?”
Many European countries, such as France, Denmark and Belgium, displayed a penchant for off-beat surreal humour.
Here is an example: An Alsatian went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.” The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: “There are only nine words here. You could send another Woof for the same price.” “But,” the dog replied, “that would make no sense at all.”