Sunday, June 11, 2006

Humor, catgorized according to WonderGirl

In the "funny" category:

WG: Knock, knock.
R: Who's there?
WG: Puppies
R: Puppies who?
WG: Would you like to buy a puppy?

WG: Knock, knock.
R: Who's there?
WG: Who
R: Who who?
WG: Did someone hear an owl? ... Hey, Mommy, let's be owls. We'll only fly at night. Do owls talk like pirates?

WG: Knock, knock.
R: Who's there?
WG: The interrupting cow (cat, Rocco, etc.).
R (slowly): The interrupting-
WG: MOO! (Meow! WAHHH! etc.)

Why do chicken coops have two doors?
Because if they had four doors, they'd be chicken sedans.

What did the zero say to the eight?
Nice belt! (R: Do you get it, WonderGirl? WG: No. But it's funny.)

In the "unfunny" category:

Why is 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9.

What is brown and sticky?
A stick.

I have to admit to being completely intrigued by the development (or lack thereof) of WonderGirl's sense of humor. She loves to tell jokes but almost never really gets them. By the same token, though, she "gets" funny situations most of the time. I remember reading that having a sense of humor is a developmental milestone, but only lately have I realized how complicated that is. Who really gets to decide what's funny? Of all the "jokes" above, the puppies one is probably her favorite and makes her laugh hysterically. I have no idea why, but I'm not sure I'm willing to decree that it truly isn't humorous.

Perhaps I'm being pre-emptively defensive of her taste in jokes, though. With DT and me for parents, the chance of WonderGirl developing a conventional sense of humor is pretty darn low. If either nature or nurture comes into play, she has a lifetime ahead of her in which she laughs by herself or at the wrong times. Probably a good idea for her to get used to it now.

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