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Today a customer said to me "They need boxes, and I'll take the check, a hungarian, a turk, whatever."
It took me 1 and a half seconds to get it. Then I laughed along with his friends, and I told him I was stealing it. I have. But I'm changing it.

In order for people to get the joke quicker, you have to make their transition from "check" to "czech" simpler. Thus you make the next two nationalities something that are geographically associated with the Czech Republic. But not just geographically, but socio-econimically and culturally. Just like tennis and golf, and bingo and shuffleboard, bring about the same mental connotations, you want countries that conjure up the same mental images. But you cant use "Herzegovina" because its to long. And you can't use Bosnia because it brings to mind "peace keeping missions." Also, you should choose whether you will use the definite "the" or the indefinite "a" and use it all the way throughout the sentence. The joke (setup and punchline) then becomes "I'll take the check, the Serb, the Albanian. Whatever." Serb is the second one because it has one syllable and is similar to "check." By the time you're saying "Albanian" they're already twisting their minds around your words to make sense of them. Use Slovakian if you're feeling risque' but in my opinion Albanian is comedy gold.


And thats how you suck the funny out of something!
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From: hyperbole Date: March 30th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
damn dude, it took me like 10 seconds to get that joke. i better czech myself.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2004 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
wow you really overanalyzed the joke. I got it right away...lol. And its a good one. :-P

-Tori

(u never talk to me no more online :( )
cloudedoracle From: cloudedoracle Date: April 24th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
In one syllable words, so that you won't have to think too much :-P

You....make....laughs...gone...think....on...jokes...too...much...stop...or...I...shoot.

And we don't wanna get messy do we, fella?

ME
metavlad From: metavlad Date: April 24th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bite me.
cloudedoracle From: cloudedoracle Date: April 25th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Why are you flirting with me? stop flirting with me!

(Just kidding. Love you Vlad, you know that)

ME
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