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Thread #12335   Message #96301
Posted By: Jeri
17-Jul-99 - 06:11 PM
Thread Name: Our sense of humour? B/S
Subject: RE: Our sense of humour? B/S
Shambles, it's not new. I don't know too much about the culture of humor in other countries, but in the U.S., the "dumb people are funny" idea has been around for as long as I'm aware. Many old TV shows (Gomer Pyle, for one) were based around characters who weren't bright but who managed to accidentally do brilliant things. There are a slew of "Jack" stories, the most commonly known one being "Jack and the Beanstalk" where Jack is so dumb, he trades a cow for some beans.

There's one thing we tend to forget when we all communicate in the same language - people from different cultures think different things are funny. The British - particularly the English (correct me if I'm wrong) love irony. A lot of people from the US don't get it. many of us do, but it's not as big a part of the common culture as it is in England. Perhaps dumb is funny here, but not in other cultures.

Good topic!