Quinte, On. real estate agent: The World's Second Funniest Joke

The World's Second Funniest Joke

In 2002 British Researchers conducted an experiment using the internet as a source for material. Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordsire created a website where people could submit jokes as well as rate them. It didn't take long for his website, Laughlab, to get rolling, and soon over 40,000 submissions and two million ratings had been made.

The purpose of this experiment was to better our understanding of humour. Do men and women find the same things funny? Do people from different cultures laugh at the same things? Does our sense of humour change very much as we age? What (if anything) is universally funny? The experiment attempted to answer questions of this nature.

If I had to venture an opinion (and I will, not because I have to, but because it's my blog and you can't stop me), I would say that I trust the British more than anyone with an experiment of this nature. I have always found their Television shows to be more entertaining than our North American counterparts, which I have often thought of as very watered-down. It's as if the producers of North American television don't trust their audiences to be clever enough to understand the humour on their own, so they make it too obvious by hitting us over the head with the punchlines.

Anyway, if you want to find out what the world's funniest joke is, you will have to go to the site and check it out for yourself.  I'll leave you with with what is considered to be the world's second funiest joke;

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: "Watson, look up at the stars and tell me, what do you see?"
Watson replied: "I see billions and trillions of stars."

Holmes said: "And what do you deduce from that?"

Watson replied: "Well, if there are billions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life."

And Holmes said: "Watson, you idiot, it means that our tent was stolen!

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • December 07 2009 06:07PM


Hi Malcolm, I'll have to check out the website.  I always like a good joke.

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, Thanks for the site.

Posted by The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team (RE/MAX Property Specialists) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, thanks for the joke and I will be sure to check out the site.

Posted by Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage (LoanOfficerSchool.com) over 9 years ago


I always like a good joke, and I will definitely check out that website. But as far as that being the second funniest joke, I think I have heard better. Well....maybe a little dirtier! haha...

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 9 years ago

Liz Flint (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty  Thanks Liz, we could all use a good laugh every now and then.

Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPS (Keller Williams Real Estate)  Thank you Jeff and Heather, it is a pretty interesting site.

Bill Ladewig Your FHA Guru - FHA and VA Loans Since 1970 Thanks for the comment Bill.

Michael Caruso Real Estate Group Yes Michael, but I'm trying to keep things clean here, lol.


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago



Did not see that coming !!!

....I shall use that one over the Christmas week !

Cheers Malcolm !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Good old Watson. Always trying to overanalyze things. Trying? Always overanalyzing things!

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, that's a good one! Thanks for sharing! Now I need to go find the funniest one...

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 9 years ago

Sheldon Neal -- That British Agent -- (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited)  Hi, Sheldon, I do thinks that it's a good clean "safe for families" type joke that will be useful over the holidays.

Jim Frimmer, San Diego Mission Valley Realtor (Century 21 Award) Yes Jimmy, the poor fellow always seems to come out of things looking like a bit of a buffoon. I wonder how he will be portrayed in the movie thats opening next week?

Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Keller Williams Excellence Realty) Thanks Marney, I hope you're not too dissapointed. I personally found the Sherlock Holmes joke to be a bit funnier. Oh well, what do I know?


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Malcolm - I hope the movie has this type of humor like we are all expecting!

Posted by Christine Hynes, Orange County Senior Loan Consultant (American Capital Corporation) over 9 years ago

Christine Hynes (American Loan & Mitigation Specialists)  Yes Christine, I'm really looking forward to taking my kids to go see it. I grew up on that kind of stuff. Perhaps I'll be the first to post a review right here on Active Rain.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago