The Last Laugh

Oct. 7, 2001, at 6:03 p.m. was the funniest moment of the past year. Or so say the scientists from the Laugh Lab at Britain's Hertfordshire University. It was at that precise moment, as part of the university's quest to find the world's biggest punchline, that the people visiting the Laugh Lab's website gave the jokes they found there the highest "funny" rating ever. But I must have missed it. Last week, the Laugh Lab team had a giant chicken unveil the result of their research: the joke below was found to be the world's funniest. But I must have...

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