The most common punchlines to this joke are: "pleased to metre you", "nice to meter you" and "there’s trouble a foot".
In 2002, the world’s funniest joke was discovered by Richard Wiseman in collaboration with The British Science Association. They made a year-long online search for the world's funniest joke. There we're 40,000 entries, submitted by people from more than 70 countries. But the entry submitted by a psychiatrist in Manchester, England, prevailed, with 65 per cent. Here it is:
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?”
According to Wiseman, this joke won because "This one had real universal appeal." It appeals to people in many countries, to men and women, and young and old alike.
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