A bad joke is just a bad joke, but sometimes a joke is so jaw-droppingly stupid that it transcends its own awfulness and reaches a higher plane of funny. You don’t want to laugh—every self-respecting part of your brain is rejecting the guffawing impulse—but you can’t help yourself.
Now, it’s been a long year of bad news, so let’s all take a much needed reprieve and enjoy (or cringe in horror at) some jokes terrible enough to be funny. Call them “dad jokes” if you must, but it’s not just dads who love a good groaner. And for more horrible phrases—albeit ones you should avoid—be sure to brush up on the 40 Things Men Over 40 Should Never Say.
Why don’t they play poker in the jungle?
Too many cheetahs.
What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
Make me one with everything.
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What does a zombie vegetarian eat?
My new thesaurus is terrible.
Not only that, but it’s also terrible.
Why didn’t the astronaut come home to his wife?
He needed his space.
I got fired from my job at the bank today.
An old lady came in and asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
I wasn’t going to visit my family this December, but my mom promised to make me Eggs Benedict.
So I’m going home for the hollandaise.
Speaking of food, here are 40 Dishes Everyone Over 40 Should Master.
What did the blanket say as it fell off the bed?
I like to spend every day as if it’s my last.
Staying in bed and calling for a nurse to bring me more pudding.
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Why do cow-milking stools only have three legs?
‘Cause the cow’s got the udder!
How did Darth Vader know what Luke got him for Christmas?
He felt his presents.
What’s the last thing that goes through a bug’s mind when it hits a windshield?
What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet?
Imagine if Americans switched from pounds to kilograms overnight.
There would be mass confusion!
It’s inappropriate to make a “dad joke” if you are not a dad.
It’s a faux pa.
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What did Batman say to Robin before they got in the car?
“Robin, get in the car.”
I have an addiction to cheddar cheese.
But it’s only mild.
Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?
Because it’s pointless!
Why did the scarecrow win an award?
He was outstanding in his field.
What did the buffalo say when his son left?
I was sitting in traffic the other day.
Probably why I got run over.
Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward.
That’s just how I roll.
Loyalty is very important for my wife.
My girlfriend doesn’t care. Funny how different sisters can be.
What don’t ants get sick?
They have anty-bodies.
What do you call a fish with no eye?
Why do you smear peanut butter on the road?
To go with the traffic jam.
When is your door not actually a door?
When it’s actually ajar.
My grandfather has the heart of a lion…
…and a lifetime ban from the New York City Zoo.
What did the therapist say when a man wearing only saran wrap walked into his office?
“I can clearly see you’re nuts.”
What’s green and has wheels?
Grass. I lied about the wheels.
A communist joke isn’t funny…
… unless everyone gets it.
My new girlfriend told me I’m terrible in bed.
I don’t think it’s fair to make a judgement like that in less than a minute.
What happens to pastors who eat chili dogs?
They have to sit in their own pew.
Why can’t you hear a Pterodactyl go to the bathroom?
Because the pee is silent.
Cosmetic surgery used to be such a taboo subject.
Now you can talk about Botox and nobody raises an eyebrow.
What do you call someone who immigrated to Sweden?
Have you heard the one about the corduroy pillow?
It’s making headlines.
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a pool?
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Maybe that wasn’t the best way to tell my son he’s adopted.
I’m thinking about removing my spine.
I feel like it’s only holding me back.
Did you hear about the two thieves who stole a calendar?
They each got six months.
I’m terrified of elevators…
… so I’m going to start taking steps to avoid them.
Have you heard of the band 923 Megabytes?
Probably not, they haven’t had a gig yet.
What do you call a psychic little person who has escaped from prison?
A small medium at large.
I used to hate facial hair…
… but then it grew on me.
What’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and a lobster with breast implants?
One is a crusty bus station and the other is a busty crustacean.
How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
I used to be addicted to the hokey pokey…
… but then I turned myself around.
What’s the most terrifying word in nuclear physics?
I watched hockey before it was cool.
They were basically swimming.
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