Searching through morning posts on friends' Facebook timelines usually brings up some goodies. This morning was no exception. Before I’d got to the fourth post I’d had two belly laughs and a chortle. Two concerned car parking infringements and one the biggest joke of our time ‘climate change’. Then came a peach from one of Cadbury Island’s fruits and nuts that had me guffawing loud enough to wake the dog. Reposted from a Waiheke FB page representing the said fruits and nuts was a quote that typified their passing acquaintance with reality. “Has Abbott revealed who actually shot the two innocent victims yet? Trigger happy cops is my suspicion”. You’ve got to laugh.
It’s possibly the single biggest asset of being British – the ability to find humour in almost any event coupled with the ability to laugh at ourselves. Even the biggest tragedy has the black humourists out in force within minutes. This is how Wikipedia defines British humour
A strong theme of sarcasm and self-deprecation, often with deadpan delivery, runs throughout British humour. Emotion is often buried under humour in a way that seems insensitive to other cultures. Jokes are told about everything and almost no subject is taboo, though often a lack of subtlety when discussing controversial issues is considered crass. Many UK comedy TV shows typical of British humour have been internationally popular, and have been an important channel for the export and representation of British culture to the international audience.
A study by OnePoll.com has compiled a list of the best British jokes. The website asked around 40,000 people to vote for their top 50 out of a list of 1000, scoured from the internet. The idea came after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit the headlines for having a particularly good joke of the year: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
Particularly gratifying is that some Americans ‘just don’t get it’ as shown in this article in Huff Post. For a more intellectual take on the difference between British and American humour read this from Ricky Gervais.
But if it’s a laugh you need to start your day look no further than Facebook and the Internet. I especially like the visual jokes. I’ve been getting a kick from the ‘Progas Otago’ Christmas cards that have been appearing daily. Being a contrarian I find these amusing. Falling oil prices is such a good news story that only the sanctimonious prigs of the Greens could turn it into something alarmist. On that I note I leave you with today's Progas card to remind us the reindeers are coming.