Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Which Country is the Least Funny?

Humor is supposed to be a cultural norm that crosses ethnic and linguistic lines. However, it appears that stereotypes have arisen around different countries and their ability to tell a joke. While the United States has its fair share of comedians, and we've been spared the shame (or pride, maybe?) of not being the world's least funny country.

One might think that France would be high up on the list with its cultural arrogance or perhaps Japan with its rigorous work ethic. Perhaps a fundamentalist nation, like Iran? Instead, it wasn't anyof these.

Instead, according to a survey including the votes of 30,000 respondents, one country fails to cause laughter.

Still can't get it? Let me give you a hint. Here are two jokes from the country:
‘Yesterday, I met my friend Horst at the hospital. He’d swallowed a sponge. He says it doesn’t hurt but he’s always thirsty.’

If that left your ribs untickled, try this: ‘Plants grow very well if you speak kindly to them. Which is why I sometimes go into the garden and insult the weeds.’

The country? Germany.

Despite their contributions to Western culture, laughter does not appear to be one of them.

The United States was near the bottom, believe it or not, with Russia coming in second least funny. The United Kingdom came in third.

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