"Why did the chicken cross the road?"
To get to the other side of course but has the humour in this joke vanished because of its fame?
Because that's where the worms were! LOL!
Yes, very well known jokes often become stale once you get past the childhood years. Having an unpredictable twist or an over the top silly punch line is what makes jokes humorous.
On the other hand some people have a knack for telling well known jokes and eliciting laughter through the use of their facial expressions, monotone dry wit, or manic physical behavior which can give a tired punch line a fresh zing.
Then again it doesn't hurt when your audience has been plied with alcohol either! :-)
I think you're right about certain jokes, that having an unpredictable punchline is what adds to the humour. So is the chicken joke no longer a joke because it lost that unpredictable humour?
The chicken joke and other jokes will maintain their humor for those who have yet to hear the joke. Generally speaking it will be children who may not have heard it before so it's (new to them). Much like a lot of those "knock, knock" jokes. :-)
Yes, it has lost the element of surprise because most people have heard the original standard answer. If you switch up the answer or give a new one, it can still work. For instance: "She heard that men were laying bricks on the other side and she wanted to know how they do it."
You people are clearly knowledgeable. I have never heard this joke in any context whatsoever.
by Annabella 19 months ago
Why did the chicken cross the road?
by SirDent 10 years ago
I have to admit I borrowed this. There was no link as to where it came from. BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!JOHN MC CAIN:< My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and...
by seanorjohn 8 years ago
I know the traditional answer is " to get to the other side".but think how politicos would answer.under our government 70% of chickens have crossed the roads successfully.chickens crossing roads are our number one priority.
by Thomas Byers 5 years ago
Why Did The Chicken Cross The RoadHere is an age old question that people have been asking for at least a couple of thousand years. Chickens can if your wondering be traced by to Red Jungle Fowl in South America. And maybe just maybe some one can tell us what the reason was for the chicken to cross...
by MountainManJake 5 years ago
What is the corniest joke you know?
by Cory J. Clark 7 years ago
Why did the chicken cross the road, for heaven's sake?!?!
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