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Pen for people who have no sense of humour, or for speakers of other languages

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Following the initial attempt to teach the old "My dog has no nose.." joke in Japan, and the subsequent 20 minutes drawing diagrams on the whiteboard in an increasingly futile attempt to explain it, I realised that for speakers of other languages, or just people with no sense of humour, technology might come to the rescue.

Initial attempts to used polarised light to highlight the word that contains the ambiguity, thereby giving a hint as to where the funny bit of of the joke is, failed dismally as it doesn't work.

Und zo, the humor finding pen was devised.

When the subject writes down the joke, the pen (via a wifi connection scans the net for the joke and finds the play on words) and writes that bit in italics, so giving the person writing it a bit of a clue.

The pen has a learning algorithm, and upon multiple previous failures ups the ante to capital letters, or underlining, or uses the emergency purple ink reservoir, these last for lawyers or accountants.

In this way, even someone with a basic knowledge of a language, or very little sense of humour, might finally understand "my dog has no nose", or the "two nuns in the bath"..

not_morrison_rm, Jun 02 2014

The Funniest Joke in the World http://en.m.wikiped...t_Joke_in_the_World
Extremely dangerous … [8th of 7, Jun 02 2014]

//The merger is essentially complete in England, Wales, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and is widespread in the United States and Canada// http://en.wikipedia...gical_history_of_wh
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       If it's the "two nuns in a tub" joke I know then you are the second person I've virtually met who has already heard it.
Nobody gets that joke.

       Is the lead-in punch-line to yours, "Wears the soap."?   

       ^The Third Person.
AusCan531, Jun 02 2014

       Oh dear. You've ruined the joke (for anyone who hasn't heard it) by giving the explanation of the punchline before actually telling the joke, 2 fries.
xaviergisz, Jun 02 2014

       // or for //   

       Sp. "and"   

       // people with no sense of humour and speakers of other languages //   

       Sp. "Americans"   

       Don't worry, [2fries], it was nowhere near as good as Britain's great pre-War joke (used at Munich)   


       [n_m_rm], maybe you should have told them the joke about the two Kamikaze pilots, although to be honest it's not actually in any way funny …
8th of 7, Jun 02 2014

       [8th], I'm sorry, but after Benny Hill, the English just don't get to rag on the Yanks for lacking a sophisticated sense of humo(u)r. True, you guys have Monty Python to your credit (notwithstanding the fact that the group was fully one-sixth American), but I think that's decisively outweighed by the existence (and inexplicable popularity) of the Carry On series.
ytk, Jun 02 2014

       There is not just one sense of humour, laughing is old and shouldn't be reasoned. Also, an innocence is quite fragile and should be protected.
wjt, Jun 02 2014

       Anyway, I was thinking more of the two file-sharing nuns in the bath, one says "Warez the soap?"   

       //Also, an innocence is quite fragile and should be protected.   

       Sounds like the old one where dad leaps out of bed in the middle of night sans pyjamas, suspecting burglars, turns out to be just young daughter wandering around.   

       Dad unexpectedly ends up in explaining difference between males and females territory...and says "this is a penis" ....daughter goes "You call that a penis?"
not_morrison_rm, Jun 02 2014

       And Dad says "Yes, it's called a penis" and daughter breaks the fourth wall, eyebrows waggling get-a-load-of-this-chump style.
calum, Jun 02 2014

       The following riddle can only be told to a friend., because only a friend will let you tell it.   

       "What is the difference between a dog?   

       One of it's legs are both the same."   

       If you ask "a dog and what?" it kills the joke. Which by the way is the funniest joke in the world.
popbottle, Jun 02 2014

       I hear that back in 1984....   

       I still prefer the idiocy of this one -   

       [person of some minority group who are maligned for some reason] goes into the bread shop.   

       Person at the counter says "white bread or brown?"   

       [person of some minority group who are maligned for some reason] says "Nahh, I left my bike outside".
not_morrison_rm, Jun 02 2014


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