When former 'Tonight Show' host Johnny Carson died in 2005, 'Late Show' host David Letterman recited a comedic monologue at the beginning of the show, revealing later that every joke had been written by Carson, who had been sending in one or two jokes a week during his retirement today.com/popculture/lett…
Evel Knievel (Born Robert Craig Knievel) got his nickname after spending a night in jail next to the well-known William 'Awful' Knofel. The jailer made a joke about 'Awful Knofel' and 'Evil Knievel' and Evel decided to keep the name. evelknievel.com/theman
After Pop Up Video poked fun at Billy Joel's "Keeping The Faith" music video, Joel was so angry he called up VH1 to complain and told them his daughter was being teased about it in school, with jokes relating to ex-wife Christie Brinkley. The network ended up yanking the entire episode. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The internet's first uploaded image was of the joke band Les Horribles Cernettes (LHC), an all-girl group comprised of girlfriends & assistants of CERN employees. One chorus went "You never spend your nights with me / You don't go out with other girls either / You only love... your collider" vice.com/en/article/ezzza…
The emperor tamarin was named for its elegant and distinctive mustache which was thought by some to resemble the mustache of German emperor Wilhelm II. In 1907, the Swiss zoologist Emil August Goeldi named the monkey "emperor" as a joke, but it then became the species name we know it by today. news.cgtn.com/news/2019-1…
The story of Cows With Guns. A joke song from 96 that was a hit on nearly every radio station in Seattle before spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. cowswithguns.com/old-cows…
In 1957, the BBC show Panorama aired a segment on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest as an April Fools joke. Several viewers were left believing that pasta grew on trees, including the then-Director General of the BBC, Sir Ian Jacob bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazin…
, the worst opening in chess is called The Bongcloud Attack. It has been used by Grandmasters as both a joke and as a show of dominance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
The Ramones would put a few drops of urine in anything they offered their guests as a little joke. They did this in a beer they offered to Johnny Rotten when he visited them backstage in '77, which he drank without hesitation faroutmagazine.co.uk/john…
Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson used to play practical jokes on director Andrew Stanton. As revenge, Stanton named the fish killer in Finding Nemo after her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Mr. Rogers loved to fart in public to amuse his wife when they attended boring parties or gatherings. According to Joanne Rogers, "He would just raise one cheek and he would look at me and smile." She also said Rogers enjoyed listening to her tell dirty jokes mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Today I learned of H’Angus the Monkey, the mascot of English football club Hartlepool United FC, who in 2002 ran as a joke candidate for the Mayor of Hartlepool - a city of 100,000 people - winning on a platform of β€˜free bananas for schoolchildren’. Upon losing the costume, H’Angus’ actor was re-elected twice. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-engl…
At G.E. in the 1920s, as a joke, newly hired engineers would be told to develop an inside frosted lightbulb, which was believed to be impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment, and astonished his peers by succeeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Prince’s β€œBreakfast Can Wait” album cover features Dave Chappelle impersonating Prince. Chappelle said he had to appreciate the way his joke was co-opted. "That's a Prince judo move right there.” diffuser.fm/prince-breakf…
We’re 30 times more likely to laugh in company than alone. We find strangers more attractive if they laugh at our jokes, and we find jokes funnier if we think they were told by famous comedians bbc.co.uk/news/health-297…
In 1982, Zimbabwe passed a law banning citizens from making jokes about the surname of the President, Canaan Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Massachusetts has an optional tax rate when you file taxes (so you can pay more taxes if you wish), and it was originally proposed as a joke. β€œWe were just being sarcastic. The next thing we knew, the legislature seemed to find our sarcasm relevant and so they passed the idea we had." nepm.org/post/heres-quest…
A Yo Mama joke was discovered on a 3,500 year-old Babylonian tablet, making it the world's oldest Yo Mama Joke. nydailynews.com/news/anci…
Today I learned about Miroslav Ε atan, a former NHL hockey player. Because his name so closely resembles that of Satan, a popular April Fool's joke was that he was traded to the New Jersey Devils as a captain, making him the leader of the Devils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Origin of the whoopee cushion can be traced back to the teenage Roman emperor Elagabalus, who regularly pulled the practical joke at aristocratic dinner parties. His guards were soon fed up with these antics and he lost the respect of his people. He was assassinated at the age of 18. historyandheadlines.com/m…
In May 1998, Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf beat Leonardo DiCaprio as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person. As a joke write-in candidate, Hank was nominated enmass by fans of The Howard Stern Show as a chance to "violate People's expectations while still playing by its rules". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The DCEU was a joke name by an outside writer, and DC did not recognize it by that name until the release of HBO Max. screenrant.com/dceu-movie…
Jamie Foxx was used as a reward (to recite jokes) by his third grade teacher, if the entire class behaved well therake.com/stories/icons…
Scene in Airplane! where the husband has a second cup of coffee was a takeoff of Yuban coffee commercials. The joke was that the same actress says "He never has a second cup at home". youtube.com/watch?v=MJ4kC…
During an interview with Stephen Hawking, the camera operator yanked a cable causing an alarm and Hawking to slump forward. Worried they had killed him, everyone rushed over to find Hawking giggling at his own joke. The alarm was from an office computer losing power. biography.com/news/stephe…
Today I learned about Evil Dave Letterman, a midwestern man who would appear on The Howard Stern Show that happened to sound EXACTLY like David Letterman. Stern would have him read off-color jokes about race, pedophilia and homosexual acts, forcing the real David Letterman to make several cease & desist orders. youtu.be/m6NPnsup-Iw
The oldest recorded joke was about a young women farting in her husband's lap, and was written in 1900 BC. reuters.com/article/us-jo…
, in 1978, Richard Branson was trying to impress his girlfriend by pretending to buy a private island in the BVI. It was listed for $6M, he offered $100k as a joke. The owner settled for $180k, and Branson bought Necker Island. He would marry the same girl there 11 years later. virgin.com/richard-branso…
UK's highest-paid entertainer in WW2, George Formby, went to Normandy after the landings, & gave 9 shows to frontline troops who’d held out for 56 days without relief, his audience in foxholes. He also crawled through trenches to tell jokes when the enemy was too close for a show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
The minke whale got its name because of a joke - amateur whaler β€˜Meincke’ told the crew he had seen a blue whale - a substantial prize that would yield a lot of whale oil - but upon closer inspection the whale was tiny. The called the smaller whales minkes after his own name. fisheries.noaa.gov/specie…
That, thanks to β€œFar From Over” becoming an inside joke with Australian drive time radio hosts Hamish & Andy, Frank Stallone was able to perform a sell-out concert with the help of them youtube.com/watch?v=MgGfo…
Bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie ran for president in 1964. Though it started as a joke, he kept it up in part because proceeds from his campaign merchandise went to CORE, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. jazziz.com/time-dizzy-ran…
In 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched places as an April Fools Day joke youtube.com/watch?v=mmSJO…
Many people could not figure out how to change the clock time on VCRs. The difficulty of setting the correct time became such a national joke that in 1990 president Bush remarked "By the year 2000, all Americans must be able to set the clocks on their VCRs" presidency.ucsb.edu/docum…
Today I learned of β€œCow Tools,” a cartoon described as the most loathed Far Side strip ever, that confused so many readers the newspaper’s phones didn’t stop ringing for two days. The author, Gary Larson, issued a press release explaining the joke after receiving hundreds of letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
In 1962, DC Comics introduced Polka-Dot Man with irregularly-sized and differently coloured dots. Robin once tracked him down with a leopard which became a running joke among the other villains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The 1970 Kent State Shootings directly led to the formation of the band DEVO, when co-founder Gerald Casale's friend Jeffery Miller was killed and a "devolution" joke between friends became serious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Beastie Boys made a full-length country album as a joke happymag.tv/how-a-joke-co…
Bhangmeter is the device used to measure yield of nuclear weapon.It is named after the hindi word for cannabis as a joke that only a person on drugs would believe the bhangmeter to work properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Arcadia University, formerly an all female school known as Beaver College, was forced to change it’s name because of the word beaver being slang for vagina. Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Howard Stern even made jokes about it. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
While French being extinct as a language is presented as joke in Futurama, in the French dubbing of the show, the extinct language is shown to be German instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
The reason characters say β€œstation” and there’s an alien named Station in β€˜Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’ was because of a typo in the script that became an inside joke with the writers. digitalspy.com/movies/a84…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
The FBI spent years investigating an anti-goth cult that didn’t even exist.Official investigation on β€˜Church of the Hammer’ and their Yahoo group β€˜GodHatesGoths', continued for over 2 years before they realized the entire thing was completely fake and intended to be a joke. muckrock.com/news/archive…
Actress Tracey Gold struggled with anoxeria, but overcame it. On the TV show β€œGrowing Pains”, despite weighing only 133 pounds, fat jokes about her were a recurring gag, triggering a relapse. Her weight dropped to 80 pounds and, due to her emaciated appearance, was suspended from the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In The Office episode "A Benihana Christmas," Michael Scott sang a few words to Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise". The joke cost the series $60,000 comicbook.com/tv-shows/ne…
In 1991 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested by undercover detectives in Sarisota Florida for indecent exposure at a porn theater. Pee Wee made an appearance at the 1991 MTV VMAs and received a standing ovation after asking the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…

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