Why so funny...

matthew's picture

I've been enjoying listening to XM Radio's comedy station at work for the last couple of weeks. I have a serious question:

Why are fart jokes so funny?

Seriously. I mean, there are a ton of really funny comedians on the station, and they can get laughs on all kinds of topics. But the loudest, longest laughs seem to center around funny-sounding body noises, particularly farts. I lose it on a lot of them.

What is it about flatulence that's so funny?

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rowan's picture

Feh to Fart Funnies

I've never actually found jokes about flatulence or bodily functions to be that amusing; mostly they just gross me out. On the other hand, I wouldn't dream of passing judgement on people who *do* find them funny, since they are much more harmless than my preferred brand of humor, which frequently involves an absurd dosage of pain and human suffering, despite my gentle and generous disposition.

Case in point; one of my favorite jokes:
Q: Why did the boy fall off the swing?
A: He had no arms.

See how sick I am? So if someone wants to spend fifteen minutes talking about the sounds and odors that their body makes, I say more power to them. Ironically enough, such jokes constitute good "clean" humor to me.

Arthur Rowan
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Pull my finger....

Fvvvvvvvvvvrt... pbbbbbbbpt....... squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep........ SHRSHRSHRSHRVVVVVVVRP

I don't know what's so funny about farts.

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weed's picture

I would guess...

Since farts are *taboo*, at least in public, but everyone does them, I think there's that sort of "we're talking about something we shouldn't" guilty pleasure in it.

btw, Rowan, what do you give a dead boy for his birthday? A dead puppy!

My disturbed $.02
Weed

My $.02
Weed

rowan's picture

Mwahahahahaha! I love it! I

Mwahahahahaha! I love it! I could start a whole slew of them, but I'm not sure Matthew would approve, since this is a family site. And even though all my jokes are fastidiously clean... they're still just wrong...

Arthur Rowan
Brother Katana of Reasoned Discussion
Rebel Leader and Dance Instructor for the Unitarian Jihad

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"And you're living proof that mistakes are sometimes made." -- Charisma Weaver
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matthew's picture

Family-orientation

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