Why is the why did the chicken cross the road joke funny?
The joke itself is not really funny at all. It's the result of the joke that is funny. People who have not heard the joke will become victimized by their own intelligence. They will sit there and try to deduce why a chicken would cross a road, coming up with outlandish and foolish answers, when the obvious answer is staring them right in the face. Why does anyone or anything cross a road? To get to the other side. Children will usually answer correctly the first time asked. Adults will not. Thats why it is funny.
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In 1847, found in "The Knickerbocker" magazine.
\nMr Henderson Cartright
The chicken, of coarse!!
The exact origin of the riddle is obscure. Its first known appearance in print occurred in 1847 in The Knickerbocker , a New York monthly magazine: An 1847 version of the …joke was possibly its first appearance in print. ...There are 'quips and quillets' which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: 'Why does a chicken cross the street?['] Are you 'out of town?' Do you 'give it up?' Well, then: 'Because it wants to get on the other side!' . The joke may already have become widespread by the 1890s, when a variant version appeared in the magazine Potter's American Monthly : . Why should not a chicken cross the road? It would be a fowl proceeding. . From:wikipedia
Jokes are valued for the exciting little sense of shock, the new twist to your viewpoint, that comes with the answer. That is what makes us laugh. Or groan! A person asks y…ou, 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' Of course you assume it is a joke. You try to think of a clever, complicated answer. Then the answer is given, "To get to the other side." Well, duh. Anyone should know that. You have been tricked into discarding the obvious answer and pursuing complex and convoluted solutions because you assumed that was what was expected. This joke is especially valued in our contemporary oral heritage because it teaches a lesson that applies to business, politics, and all human endeavors: "Keep it simple. Don't assume a complicated solution is needed for every problem. The obvious one may work just fine." The joke is also a joke because it can connect with practically anything. For example, you can say a person or shop on the other side and what man is doing or what shop is selling. It could change the answer but some are just weird. In this case, the joke is re-usable and simple to change.
The joke is getting so old that no one thinks its funny
tom petty your mom
Chickens usually cross the road to get to the other side.
you know how people always say how did the chicken cross the road weel that's because in around 1930s in Texas it was market day and a man was selling chickens he had just sol…d one and was reaching down to get the chicken when i t all of a sudden got scared and ran of acroos the road and the man who had just bought the chicken said hey why did the chicken cross the road so for a joke the man who was selling the chickens said he needed the toilet and that i where the joke why did the chicken cross the road came from ^^LOL THATS COMPLETELY WRONG. The real origination of the joke is. In the medieval times when they didnt have cars or plastic forks, a man traveled back from the future which to us is now the future. Went to the bar, got very very very drunk and then told the joke really loud. Everyone laughed like drunk idiots and then the time traveler died from alchohol poisoning. And thats why dolphins no longer have legs. And yes, I know wat Im talking about. -Love, Jason
the" why did the chicken cross the road" joke first origanated in the knickerboker, a 1847 newyork news paper. I dont know what the point is
The world may never know what stupid idiot created such a terrible joke.....I'm with you on this one, what's the joke?
In Jokes and Riddles
Explaining a joke kind of takes a lot of the funny out of it, but here goes. The standard form of the joke is "Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side."… The humor comes from the fact that, if it weren't for the fact that nearly everyone who speaks English has heard it, the setup sounds like a riddle, which means a person hearing it for the first time would probably expect that it has some kind of complicated answer, when, in fact, it's the very simple and obvious explanation of "to get to the other side." However, since everyone has heard the standard version, sometimes people will try (with varying levels of success) to reintroduce the humor by changing the answer.... again, this relies on denial of expectations. If you expect the answer will be "to get to the other side" and it turns out to be something else, then maybe you'll find it funny again. For this to work, it has to be set up so that you have some clue it might be a different answer, or it's just a non-sequitur, which may or may not be funny depending on the circumstances.
In Chickens and Roosters
heard it when I was much younger, about five years of age, so guess it is over 6 years old now as am 11 now
In Chickens and Roosters
i believe it was a chicken one day that was crossing the road and decided to make jokes about himself. he shared them with his fellow chicks and they were in giggles, one of t…he chicks actually pee'd themselves and then it dr dolittle could talk to animals and found out about the joke and spread it about humans and then it became famous.
In Jokes and Riddles
Please someone think of a funny punchline for this joke question. if i can come up with a funny answer a friendship may be saved. thanks. Why did the chicken cross her legs?
cause it had to pee
In Humor & Amusement
my mom is a cool guy