A year-long internet search for the world?s funniest joke brought in 2 million votes on 40,000 entries, and finally been narrowed down to one. Jokes were submitted by people from over 70 countries.
The LaughLab experiment was started by U.K. psychologist Richard Wiseman, who says there are clear national trends in humor. People from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand prefer jokes involving word plays. American and Canadians liked jokes where someone else looks stupid. Many European countries preferred surreal jokes. Germans gave the jokes the highest ratings. Jokes are common around the world, with one exception. “It is very, very difficult to find joke-telling in Japan,” Wiseman says.