Two funny random jokes posted on Single Dad Laughing are "The past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense," and "What do you call a cow with two legs? Lean beef." Jokes relieve stress in tense situations and have positive effects on health, reports Managed Health Network.
Two other random jokes from Thought Catalog are "I used to think the brain was the most important organ. Then I thought, look what’s telling me that," and "What’s the best part about living in Switzerland? Not sure, but the flag is a big plus." The latter joke is funny because Switzerland's flag literally has a big plus symbol on a red background; in actuality, the plus represents a Christian cross.
The Switzerland joke uses a humor technique called application, which initiates a humorous response using a word's or phrase's double meaning, as defined by British evolutionary theorist Alastair Clarke. His research identified a total of only eight ways to make someone laugh, including qualitative re contextualization, in which something well known is changed, and completion, in which the listener completes a thought. The evolutionary theorist states that these eight humor-inducing methods are common to all cultures and are irrespective of language.
One final joke from Thought Catalog that uses Alastair Clarke's application humor method is "I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me."