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What is it about "Dad Jokes" that's grown in popularity as of late?


The idea of a "Dad Joke," a joke that's so bad it circles back around to being good, have given rise online. Perhaps it's the complex nature of joke-telling that modern comedy has taken which makes these simple, groan-inducing, chuckle-making puns and set-ups such a breath of fresh air.

Reddit user, u/20davidtocommandcode, wanted to get a good chuckle when they asked:

Fathers of reddit, what is you're favorite dad joke?

The simplicity, and quick, "Ohh, I get it," nature of a well-formed Dad Joke is what makes them special. Take notes, add them to your phone, and make sure you have these in your back pocket to bust out at any time.

Car Humor

"Puts car in reverse gear"
"Wow, this really takes me back."

denikar

Raining Medical Jokes

"Dogs can't operate MRI machines."

"But catscan."

_TallulahShark

Duh. It's Science.

"Which animals can jump higher than the Eiffel tower?"

"All of them, the Eiffel tower can't jump."

Tigriano

Say It Out Loud...

"Have you heard of Murphy's Law? It is "Anything that can wrong will go wrong"

"How about Cole's Law?"

"It is thinly sliced cabbage with a creamy dressing."

wanted_to_upvote

No Relish, Though.

"A Buddhist monk walks up to a hot dog cart, says: "Make me one with everything."

MadValley

Watches, Chocolate, Jokes, They Can Do It All

"What's the best thing about Switzerland?"

"Well, its flag is a big plus…"

chrisphin

They Wanted To Wipe Their Slate Clean

"Did you hear about the criminal who stole all the toilets from the police station?"

"He didn't leave any evidence. Poor cops have nothing to go on."

HarlanCedeno

Please Pick Up Your Amphibian At The Nearest Lot

"What do you call an illegally parked frog?"

"Toad"

McTwist1260

That's An Academy Award Winning Joke, Right There

"Did you hear about that actor that got stabbed? Reece something...."

"Witherspoon?"

"No, with a knife."

AlterEdward

So really, what is it about dad jokes that tickles us so much? For some, it might have something to do with connecting the person who told them it in the first place.

Their father.​

It's The Long Pause. That'll Seal The Deal.

"The only time I remember my dad making a pun.

He planted vegetables in a small plot in our suburban backyard.

I asked what he planted.

"Summer squash," he said.

Long pause.

"And some aren't."

One of my favorite memories."

woodwerker76

Shut. Up. Filled With Love.

"When I was a kid I was riding in the car with my Dad and the gum I was chewing tasted like bananas, but it wasn't banana flavor. So I asked my Dad "Why does this gum taste like bananas?"

"He turned to me and pretending I was telling a joke said "I don't know, why?" So I responded with "Shut up." and he said "That joke isn't very funny.". Then we both laughed."

"It became a running joke through his life, he would ask some random question and when I responded with "I don't know" he would tell me to shut up. And we would laugh."

"I miss him every day and that joke still makes me laugh."

sebrebc

Comforting Dad Pranks

"Not really a dad joke, but I told my grandsons that my new car's back window wiper was voice activated on rainy/snowy days. We picked them up from school for a long time (pre-covid.) They get in the car on a rainy day and I'll hear "ON!" from one of them (I turn on the wiper) and the other will shout "OFF!!" (I turn it off...) this goes on all the way home and I started it back in 2018!"

Marvinator2003

Forging Memories To Last Forever

"I just did the 'ol "Hi hungry, I'm dad" joke to my son for the very first time ever a couple weeks ago, been waiting so long to pull that one! Definitely my favorite!"

_johnfromtheblock_

"What was your son's reaction[?]"

Apprehensive_Rock708

"He actually laughed! I thought he might be slightly too young to get the joke, but he's pretty quick witted for 3-1/2 years old!"

_johnfromtheblock_

Now get cracking with the laughing.

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