International Joke Day

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International Joke Day

Yes, youÕre reading correctly. An International Joke Day exists and itÕs celebrated July 1st not kidding! ThereÕs a simple rule for that day: the goal is to make someone laugh, not to play jokes on someone.

But when or where was the origin of such a day? As expected, there’s not a clear date or place. Besides, it is said that it officially begun in the U.S. On the other hand, there’s and extended opinion that says that it was Palamedes (a mythological greek character) the one who invented the first joke. Of course itÕs impossible to know the origins of jokes, but we can imagine that they were born in the very moment hominids become intelligent human beings (not joking about human intelligence) and learn to laugh at themselves and the world around them.

Jokes are a sociological matter. Every single culture and even every single country has itÕs own way to look at life; therefore they have their way to laugh at it. Once you began to understand the jokes of the inhabitants of other countries that means that youÕre probably getting the essence of their culture. That’s why, for example, we talk about British, German, Spanish or Canary humour!

It cannot be denied that laughter is the best medicine. When you see or hear someone laughing the neurotransmitters in your brain (make sure you’ve got one, firstly) react and make you feel good. What can you do in the International Joke Day 2015? Tell jokes to friends, relatives, wife, husband, lover, fellow worker… or a stranger on the street! Here are some international jokes that may help.

Belgium: ÒWell, you see, there are basically three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those that canÕt.Ó

U.K.: The repairman says: ÒIÕm afraid the motor of your car is flat!Ó. The driver asks: ÒOh, no what shape should it be?Ó.

Spain: A patient enters the doctors office. Doctor: What is it thats brought you here?. Patient: An ambulance. Why?.

By David Pulido Suarez

Student at CET Services