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That Joke’s Like Soooo Not Funny Dad!

May 4, 2012

How Funny is a Joke?

Scientists, bless their little cotton sox, are always trying to calculate the funniness of a joke.

Jokes depend on the person, their mood and a zillion other factors. We’d say there are TOO MANY VARIABLES in maths. For instance, context rules. Titanic jokes don’t go down well on a sinking ship.

Some might find this funny:

Some might find this funny:

From Streetfighter Chalkboard fight.

Some may find this following picture hilarious.


Here are some attempts at calculating the funniness of a joke.

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FUNNINESS INDEX EQUATION

Adora Cheung, University of Rochester, has – tongue in cheek – suggested this is the formula for calculating the funniness of a joke.

Note: y = 0 for no reaction and therefore funniness index is zero.

      y < 0 for a frown make the funniness index negative.

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GOOGLE FUNNINESS ALGORITHM

Google created a funniness algorithm to rank funny videos in the You Tube Comedy Slam. The algorithm scores for views, comments (Funny, hilarious etc),  laughter sounds (hahaha), web acronyms ( lol, lmao, rofl), (c) funny, emoticons  :), 😉 and repeats (lololololol, loooooooool )

And the winner is: NO NO NO CAT

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FUNNINESS MATHS EXERCISE

or the DAD-Joke-O-Meter


 Dads, Uncles and Some Teachers tell really dumb jokes. Dumb jokes are called Dad Jokes.

Here are some lame IN THE CAR JOKES from Dad’s Bad Jokes


When driving past a cemetery, ‘You know, that is the dead centre of town!’


When driving past a cemetery, ‘That place is pretty popular, people are dying to get in there!’

When driving past a cemetery, ‘They put the fence up to keep everyone in!’


When driving past some black and white cows, ‘Boy it must be cold out there, those cows are Friesian!’

Kid: Where are we?

Dad: In the car.


When there is a slow driver in the way, ‘Come on!! What are you waiting for? Christmas?’

Kid: I’m hungry.

Dad: Hi, Hungry. I’m Dad.


Kid: I feel like a sandwich.

Dad: Funny. You don’t look like a sandwich.


When an emergency service vehicle goes past with siren blazing, ‘You’ll not sell many ice creams going that fast.’

When driving past someone washing their car, ‘you can do mine next, if you want!’

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We are going to use a Likert scale to score the PAIN INDEX of dad jokes:

 

1 = typical (eye roll)

2 = not great (check phone)

3 = boooring (yawn)

4 = painful (groan)

5 = near fatal (slump into a coma in back seat of car)

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Class should rank jokes and turn data into a bar graph (X-axis 10 jokes, y-axis pain index) using the bar graph generator.

Your bar graph could look something like this bar graph from chartgo:

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Mathspig’s Dad’s favourite joke? Whenever we kids said ‘See ya’, he’d say ‘Not if I see you first.’

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