In the email for a recent edition of Your Better Life E-zine (1) I cracked what some might consider a groan-worthy joke. I wrote “Things have really been buzzing round here at B.P.Y. I am as busy as a one armed wall paper hanger with hives…buzzing…hives….never mind”.
Well, the responses to that little joke came in thick and fast. I didn’t realise people had so much time on their hands or that they had such strong opinions on such matters. I am half expecting an official letter of complaint from the Association of One Armed Wall Paper Hangers!
Despite that reaction, I have decided to continue telling groan-worthy jokes for the following reasons:
(a) because I can…I am after all the dad of a dad. (By the way, my son is into groan-worthy jokes too. We often have sparring matches to see who gets the loudest groan whenever we get together at family functions.)
(b) Much of the world’s population takes life too seriously. It’s time to lighten up a bit I don’t believe there is such a thing as too much groan worthy jokes in the world.
(c) When you are sharing groan-worthy jokes, the world seems just that little less combative and differences seem to fade into the background. I mean, just about everyone shares the same response to groan-worthy jokes. You guessed it, a groan.
So, in the interests of making this world a better place I have established the search for the World’s Most Groan-worthy Joke.
The Reason For the Change of Name
As I alluded to in my reasons for continuing to tell such jokes, groan-worthy jokes have been known as dad jokes. I think that name is a bit restrictive
For the life of me, I cannot see why the pleasure derived from telling a groanworthy joke can only be experienced by parents of the male persuasion. Surely, young,up and comers of both genders should have the opportunity to feel such elation as we of more mature years.
I say, let the groan-worthiness free to be expressed by whomever feels the urge wherever and whenever it strikes them!
Vale dad jokes, Long live the groan-worthy joke. May they not only survive, but thrive in their new found freedom of expression.
Basically there are no rules. As befitting the nature of groan-worthy jokes, pretty much any form of joke that elicits a groan from the audience is a contender. It could be:
(1) a shaggy dog story (a long winded story with a somewhat anti- climactic punch line).
(2) a one liner pun
(3) a riddle
(4) any other form of joke that illicits a groan response, rather than cause the hearers to laugh.
I have no idea how this will go. Provided people are contributing it will continue.
Maybe we will eventually reach a point where the general consensus is that we have found the most groan-worthy and there is nothing that can beat it. If and when that happens, as determined by general consensus of anyone who would like to put in their two cents worth of opinion we will declare a winner.
In the mean time, especially groan worthy jokes will be awarded win one of my Podcast on Demand packages supplied by Best Possible YOU- niversity, who are proud sponsors of this search.
Determining A Winner
You, the public, will be able to vote for the most groan worthy joke. You will be able to rate any joke submitted on a scale of 0-100 based on the length and intensity of the groan that particular joke draws from you personally. The only stipulation I put on voting is that you can only rate a joke once. No double dipping. The scores will be averaged (total of all points allotted divided by the number of votes cast. That means, in keeping with the nature of groan- worthiness, one particular joke could win with just one person giving it a groan-worthy rating of 100 (the maximum possible) The average in that case would be 100!.
But, of course, you won’t let me get away with that, at least not for the jokes I submit for consideration, will you?
My advise to you is the same as my politics lecturer used to tell the class whenever there was an election: “vote early and vote often”
To give all entries a fair go, I invite you to send your entry to me via email at groanworthy at gmail.com (I’m hoping that because this is not an actual live link, it will deter spammers and only elicit serious joke tellers. Time will tell. )
(1) Your Better Life Ezine, which incorporates The WHOPPING GREAT BIG BOOK OF SELF HELP TIPS is a free weekly publication of BEST POSSIBLE YOUniversity which proudly sponsors The World’s Most Groan-worthy
One more thing… no R rated jokes, please. It’s not in keeping with groan worthiness (at least not by my definition)