CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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March 11, 2020 (permalink)

Which is funnier: a mother-in-law or father-in-law?

Clue: This is according to Sol Saks, in Funny Business.

Answer: "Mother-in-law is funny but father-in-law isn't.". (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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February 4, 2020 (permalink)

Which is funnier: a gradual change in size or shape, or a sudden one?

Clue: This is according to Janet Nunn, in Learn to Draw Animated Cartoons.

Answer: Gradual. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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January 15, 2020 (permalink)

Which is funnier: Albany or Brooklyn?

Clue: This is according to Sol Saks, in Funny Business.

Answer: "Brooklyn is funny, but Albany isn't (ironic, since many ludicrous things happen in the state capital).". (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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December 28, 2019 (permalink)

From Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Oct. 1921.
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September 18, 2019 (permalink)

Q: Which is funnier: a bra or panties, or a bra and panties?  Hint: this is according to P. G. Wodehouse.

A: Wodehouse thought it was funnier to surprise the audience only once, with bra OR panties, than to surprise them twice, with bra AND panties. From a letter to his theatrical crony Guy Bolton, 1955:

"Don't you think it's the showing of the brassiere earlier that hurts the showing of the--no, it's the other way about. The brassiere falls flat because the audience has seen the other feminine garment, the black one (which does get a big laugh). Why not cut one of them out and get a surprise at end of scene?"

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July 8, 2019 (permalink)

Which is funnier: Hamlet or The Tempest?

Clue: This is according to Lord Dunsany, in If Shakespeare Lived To-day.

Answer: Tempest. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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June 28, 2019 (permalink)

[As a bonus, this item overlaps our "Which is Funnier" and "Not Rocket Science" departments.)
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November 24, 2018 (permalink)

Which is funnier: "mustard and cheese" or "cheese and mustard"?
As we told literary scalawag Johnathan Caws-Elwitt, we'd go with "Mustard and Cheese" over "Cheese and Mustard."  To our ear and imagination, the two syllables of mustard at the end are like two legs to stand on -- there's stability there.  We see a cube of cheese sitting atop a wide jar of mustard -- it's a firm situation, like a food pyramid.  But the two syllables of mustard atop a single-syllabled cheese cube -- it's teetering before we can even type it out!  The pyramid is upside down.  It might even be spinning on its tip as it teeters.  To those who would imagine cheese slices securely bonded with mustard mortar, we can say but this: "If only you could see what we see."  Mustard & Cheese: the Morecambe & Wise of the deli.
Our image is from Lehigh's 1916 yearbook.  
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #cheese #mustard #costumes #cheese costume #mustard costume
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June 2, 2017 (permalink)

Which is funnier: humorists or the government?

Clue: This is according to Art Buchwald.

Answer: "This is not an easy time for humorists because the government is far funnier than we are." (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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May 24, 2017 (permalink)

From Unusual Questions Leader Guide by Adam Thomas, 2014.
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May 23, 2017 (permalink)

Who is funnier: Robin Williams or Jerry Falwell?

Clue: This is according to Bill O'Reilly.

Answer: "Robin Williams is far funnier than Jerry Falwell." (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Bill O'Reilly, Culture Warrior
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May 9, 2017 (permalink)

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June 17, 2016 (permalink)

In terms of being pelted by non-lethal objects, which is funnier?  Lemons, rubber balls with "boop" written on them, tomatoes, or muffins?
(This is according to someone called DiMono on a Funhaus bulletin board.)
The answer also appears in Punch, 1863.
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May 18, 2016 (permalink)

Which words of this joke are funniest?

"The Pop-Tart suddenly appeared in the supermarket ... and we were like chimps in the dirt playing with sticks." —Jerry Seinfeld
Answer:   (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill
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March 17, 2016 (permalink)

Which is funnier: Scranton or Cleveland?

Clue: This is according to a New Yorker cartoonist.

Answer:   (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker, edited by Matthew Diffee
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February 24, 2016 (permalink)

Which is funnier: a dog or an oyster, a monkey or an amoeba?

Clue: This is according to a philosopher.
Answer:   (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: Paul McDonald, The Philosophy of Humor
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January 8, 2016 (permalink)

Groucho Marx is surely funnier than Karl Marx1, but is Plato also funnier than Karl Marx, and is Barbra Streisand funnier than Plato2?
Clue: This is according to a logician.

Answer:   (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

Citation: The Logic of Our Language: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic, 2014
As of this post, there are only two Google results suggesting that Karl Marx is funnier than Groucho.  Alexander Baron notes"Karl Marx is funnier than Groucho Marx in a sad kind of way."  And a certain Shovelhead says: "The EU: Where Karl Marx is funnier than Groucho."
2 "Were space-time not linear and Plato could have Barbra Streisand speak next at that Athenian table (though of course he wouldn’t, as she’s a woman), he would undoubtedly have her sing 'People.'" —Richard Carpenter, "The Heart of the Matter"
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November 7, 2015 (permalink)

What's the funniest letter in JOKES?

According to Wabash High School's Annual (1912), it's K.

#jester #vintage yearbook
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July 7, 2015 (permalink)

Which is funnier for stuffing a bra for a fancy dress party: a couple of oranges or ... what?  We find the answer in the "Up Captain Peacock" episode of Are You Being Served:

And so we learn that tangerines are funnier than oranges.
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April 5, 2015 (permalink)

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(Literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt’s plays, stories, essays, letters, parodies, wordplay, witticisms and miscellaneous tomfoolery can be found at Monkeys 1, Typewriters 0.  Here you’ll encounter frivolous, urbane writings about symbolic yams, pigs in bikinis, donut costumes, vacationing pikas, nonexistent movies, cross-continental peppermills, and other compelling subjects.)

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