I came across this today. The joke is funny but I would hardly call it the funniest ever. It should be that British sense of humor British scientists unveil world's funniest joke The Arts Report, CBC Radio Scientists in Britain have revealed the results of their quest for the world's funniest joke. Laugh Lab was organized in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science. It collected votes from 100,000 people via the Internet to determine a winner from 10,000 entries. The clear winner was a joke about the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson: "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping, and pitch their tent under the stars. During the night, Holmes wakes his companion and says, 'Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce.' "Watson says, `I see millions of stars, and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life.' "Holmes replies, `Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent.' " The researchers also looked at differences in humour between men and women, and among people of 11 nations. Men favoured jokes involving aggression, putting down women, and sexual innuendo. Women preferred jokes involving plays on words.