Before reading this note, think about your joke favorite or the one that you always share with your friends or family.
Now, do you know why that joke that made your day brighter for a moment makes you smile?
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An article published in the economic environment ‘Business Insider‘states that science, for a long time, has been interested in explaining the world of humor.
The portal tells that, 20 years ago, the psychologist Richard Wiseman created a page with “40,000 jokes and asked all visitors to vote on a series of random jokes.” All this to try to find what is the joke that makes the world laugh the most.
The most voted among the more than 1.5 million people who participated was the following:
“Two hunters are in the forest when one of them passes out. He does not appear to be breathing and his eyes are glassy. The other man grabs the phone and calls 911. He gasps at the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?”
The operator with a calm and gentle tone of voice replies: “Take it easy, I can help. First, let’s make sure he is dead.” There is silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the hunter says, “Now what?”
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The American media, in its version of Spain, details that the psychologist admitted that although this narrative not the funniest joke for some, is the most “globally appreciated” joke.
But why did it get so many votes?
‘Business Insider’ exposes that, according to the Benign Transgression Theory, this joke meets the requirements to be a good joke.
“To become a good benign transgression, a joke or a joke must accomplish 3 things: be an unsafe transgression of a situation; turn the situation around so that you feel, as an audience, that it is safe and that both perceptions (insecurity and security) occur at the same time, “explains the portal.
And he goes on to explain that the winning joke triumphs because “he follows the Benign Transgression Theory to the letter. There is a dangerous situation (one of them faints, the other thinks he is dead, calls 911) and suddenly there is a turn that deflates the tension and surprises (the healthy hunter kills the one who has fainted due to a communication error) “.
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