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A man's car breaks down in the middle of the night...

A man's car breaks down in the middle of the night. He knows the area well and realizes that the quickest way to the nearest service station is through an old graveyard. He's walking along the headstones when in the distance he hears a faint tapping noise. As he gets deeper into the graveyard, the eerie tapping gets louder and louder. He very anxiously turns a corner and sees the source of the tapping is an old man with a hammer and chisel, hunched over a headstone. Relief washes over him and he says, "I was beginning to freak out because of that noise. I thought this place might have been haunted. What on earth are you doing here so late at night anyway?" The old man merely continues chiseling and says "They spelled my name wrong." This is both a ghost story and a joke. It is supposed to be both funny and scary. The start of the story is fairly normal for a ghost story, but when the old man says "They spelled my name wrong" you are supposed to ide

"I have a split personality," said Tom...

  "I have a split personality," said Tom, being frank. This is a pun. The joke here is centered on the word 'Frank'. Frank can be an adjective which means "open, honest and direct", but it can also be a person's first name, and if Tom has multiple personalities, then he could be both frank (as an adjective), and Frank as a proper noun. This joke would also work with the name Earnest, and is also the lynchpin of the play "The Importance of Being Earnest." I suppose that it also bears mentioning that this is a joke about mental disorders. I find this joke to be highly amusing.

My wife told me to take the spider out instead of killing it...

My wife told me to take the spider out instead of killing it Went out. Had a few drinks. Nice guy. He's a web designer This is a joke about a misunderstanding, it has talking animals in it (sort of), and it has a pun. There are also two punch lines in this joke. First: the misunderstanding. The wife meant "take the spider outside and release it there", and the husband heard "take the spider out on a date". That misunderstanding occurring is pretty unlikely, so it makes the joke funny. Second: the spider is a web designer - this is a pun. Spiders make literal spider webs, and a sentient spider could possibly be said to design them, however a web designer is usually someone that designs websites, so there are two possible meanings of the term Additionally, it is most likely true that if he took the spider out and found it to be a nice guy that the spider talks, because otherwise how would he have determined that the spider is nice and a web designer?

My Grand dad's last words...

My Grand dad's last words were "Are you still holding the ladder?" This is an example of dark humor. The joke as it currently stands tells the start of the story, indicates that the grandfather died, and leaves you to guess how that occurred. The implied full story is that the grandfather asked if the jokester was holding the ladder, and then fell to his death because the jokester was not in fact holding the ladder. Weather the jokester intentionally killed his grandfather is left up to the reader to decide, however it is obvious that at a bare minimum the jokester is guilty of negligent homicide. I find this joke to be pretty funny - not telling the whole story makes the user puzzle out what actually happened, and that work makes it funnier. 

Nothing rhymes with orange

A: Nothing rhymes with orange B: No it doesn't This joke is based on a miscommunication. Person A says "Nothing rhymes with orange", which is intended to mean "There is not a word in the English language that rhymes with orange", but Person B hears instead "The word 'nothing' rhymes with the word 'orange'". As far as I know, both of them are right, however Person B is likely intentionally misunderstanding Person A, since the second meaning of the sentence is obviously false.

I'm in a really bad place right now...

I'm in a really bad place right now.... Not mentally, I've just found myself in ****ing Utah. This is an insult, a pun, a joke with a swear word in it, and also a joke with an unexpected ending. The insult is obvious - the jokester doesn't like Utah. Insults are humorous, so that contributes to the humor. Swear words are also considered humorous, and so that would also contribute to the humor. Finally, the setup gets you thinking about mental health, and the unexpected ending of the joke makes you realize that the phrase "in a bad place" (which is usually used to indicate that the person is feeling severely depressed) actually was being used literally, and is therefore a pun. 

Mucho Texto

  This meme is a reaction meme, however it is also humorous. The reaction meme is used in a manner equivalent to the response TLDR (which means Too Long; Didn't Read) to indicate that the thing that was previously posted was too long, and that the poster didn't read it. The humor is due to the random nature of having yoda dressed up as a gangster and speaking spanish. Even if the words are Spanish I think that most English speakers could understand them since mucho is a common word, and texto is an obvious cognate to the word text.


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