doctorow at July 3rd, 2013 17:00 — #1
A great Reddit thread asked readers for their favorite "intellectual" joke -- some of the high-ranked ones are really good! Q: What does the "B" in Benoit B. Mandelbrot stand for? A: Benoit B. Mandelbrot. (balloseater) It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally. (Watch_Closely I'd tell you a UDP… READ THE REST
numfar at July 3rd, 2013 17:07 — #2
As has already been mentioned on reddit, most of these jokes are a bit too STEM-centric to count as intellectual in my book.
pridkett at July 3rd, 2013 17:08 — #3
There's one Sartre joke in there. That's doing pretty good for redditors.
niktemadur at July 3rd, 2013 17:19 — #4
Over 16,000 comments and rising, not a pleasant experience to read the thread, given Reddit's unwieldy design - "load more comments" every 20 comments, "load more comments" that are nested.
cleveremi at July 3rd, 2013 17:23 — #5
My favorite intellectual joke, which I didn't see there:
How many Marxists does it take to change a light bulb?
None, because the seeds of the revolution are in the light bulb itself.
tobinl at July 3rd, 2013 18:03 — #6
How can you tell who the topologists are?
They don't know the difference between their coffee mug and their donut.
just_ok at July 3rd, 2013 18:22 — #7
A tachyon walks out of a bar. The bartender says "We don't serve your kind here." A tachyon walks into a bar.
antinous at July 3rd, 2013 18:54 — #8
I still like Victor Hugo's, Immanis pecoris custos immanior ipse.
timquinn at July 3rd, 2013 20:14 — #9
A sculptor walks into a bar.
The bartender says, "Hey, what'll ya have?"
The sculptor orders a bud.
(punch line added later)
Bartender says, "That's it?"
Sculptor replies that it is not his job to entertain you.
jonee_spaz at July 3rd, 2013 20:24 — #10
I've been trying to comment on that Mandelbrot joke but I keep getting a recursion error.
mrscience at July 3rd, 2013 20:48 — #11
Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar...
timquinn at July 3rd, 2013 20:52 — #12
aluchko at July 3rd, 2013 21:00 — #13
There's a few more here http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/06/whats-the-most-intellectual-joke-you-know.html
This might fit your criteria better:
jimh at July 3rd, 2013 21:21 — #14
Know any good jokes about sodium?
lightningwaltz at July 3rd, 2013 23:03 — #15
Steve Wright, got it right saying, "the thought of killing myself is the only thing that keeps me going."
lightningwaltz at July 3rd, 2013 23:05 — #16
I built a peom
jacob_ewing at July 3rd, 2013 23:22 — #17
There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary and those who don't.
penguinchris at July 4th, 2013 00:06 — #18
If you have an account you can set it to show up to 500 comments per page, and then you'll want to set it to sort comments by "best" (there's a drop-down for that on the comment page itself) - which if you just want to casually read a massive comment thread like this is usually better than "top" or any of the other choices.
And then hit "hide all child comments" - the nested comments are people having side discussions (explaining the joke, discussing variations) and there won't be new jokes there. Well, people will piggy-back on the popularity of another joke by replying to it with their own joke, but whatever.
I do agree that it's unwieldly, but it just takes some getting used to. I think it's the best system out there - it handles small discussion threads (as small as those on boingboing) as well as absolutely massive ones equally well (as well as is possible anyway).
But I stopped regularly looking at reddit half a year or so ago, and don't miss it. Massive time sink, and way too easy to get into arguments there
jardine at July 4th, 2013 00:20 — #19
I'm not sure if this one counts since it's from a TV show and TV generally isn't considered intellectual. But I think it's probably funniest if you know the ancient Egyptian gods.
A serpent guard, a Horus guard, and a Setesh guard meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment. The serpent guard's eyes glow. The Horus guard's beak glistens. The Setesh guard's nose drips.
It might be better if Teal'c tells it.
dennisarmstrong at July 4th, 2013 01:04 — #20
What constitutes an intellectual joke?
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