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What are funny jokes?

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Some examples of funny jokes may be knock knock jokes, puns or pranks or one-liners such as "What does a clock do when it is hungry? It goes back for (four) seconds." Jokes can employ word play, puns, double-entendre, sarcasm and irony in an effort to amuse. Most jokes are funny because they surprise the listener by telling a story and then providing an unexpected punchline, according to About Jokes.

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One example of a joke consists of someone asking "what's the secret of good comedy?" When the person asked starts to answer the question, the jokester interrupts by blurting out "Timing!"

Some jokes tell a narrative with a funny punchline, such as the top joke in the United States, according to About Jokes: "A man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes and bows down in prayer. His friend says: 'Wow, that's the most thoughtful and touching thing I've ever seen. You truly are a kind man.' The man then replies: 'Yeah, well we were married 35 years.'"

Some jokes are funny while others are not. An experiment conducted by The Laugh Lab concludes that the secret behind a funny joke originates behind the frontal lobe of the brain in the section of the prefrontal cortex. It is the active part of the brain function translating humor. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRIs, show that this part of the brain displays much more activity during punchlines of jokes than during serious sentences.

Jokes have many forms, including the question/answer, what is the difference between two things, knock-knock jokes, light bulb jokes and the answer to "why the chicken crossed the road." These jokes are perpetual jokes that are used and reused with different punchlines and varying success.

The first jokes are attributed to the ancient Greeks in 1200 B.C., with the first joke book, "The Philogelos," written in 5 A.D. and containing 264 jokes.

Funny jokes can be acquired through Google Play applications available for phones and tablets. Applications such as Funny Jokes will deliver jokes daily.

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