Posted by Jesse Braunstein


Laughter has the power to relax the whole body, boost the immune system and protect the human heart. That being said, have you ever wondered what the world’s funniest joke is?

Apparently, Richard Wiseman; a nifty Psychology Professor from the UK, is wondering the same exact thing. His clever experiment was designed to isolate the “world’s funniest joke” by setting up a simple website where people could submit and then rate jokes.

This setup allowed people to come to the “world’s funniest joke” organically, through a two-step process of presentation and participation.  I am a personal fan of Wiseman’s work and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this experiment.

So without further ado, here it is:

World’s funniest joke

“Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”. The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?”

Comment below and let us know if you think you’ve got even funnier stuff (try and keep them clean…)!

Jesse Braunstein is a Junior at NYU double majoring in Economics and Psychology. Jesse joined Madison Technology and in May 2011 as a summer intern. Jesse has been instrumental in utilizing his expanding background to come up with creative perspectives on the Marketing, Advertising and Business Development initiatives at both Madison Technology and Jesse’s outlook stems from an Economics and Psychology education and a deep understanding of the individual and how the individual acts within and interacts with the market.  Follow Jesse on Twitter and Facebook. Check out his