The "world's funniest joke" is a term used by Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in 2002 to summarize one of the results of his research . For his experiment, named LaughLab , he created a website where people could rate and submit jokes. [ 1 ] Purposes of the research included discovering the joke that had the widest appeal and understanding among different cultures , demographics and countries.
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.
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