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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2011 edited
    I was thinking today about that subset of humour that's impenetrable to outsiders because they lack local cultural knowledge essential to the punchline. For instance,

    "What's hairy, smells of fish and rhymes with 'funt'?"

    Australians are likely to at least be somewhat amused by the answer "Rex Hunt", but anyone else in the world would be left scratching their heads and wondering what the hell's wrong with us.

    Similarly here in Perth anyone who lives in the suburbs of Innaloo or Upper Swan will be grimly aware of the sniggers their domiciles elicit, whereas a visitor from Sydney would need an explanation...

    "Where do you live?"
    "And you?"
    "Upper Swan"

    So, assuming you're still with me, what jokes are appreciated in your neck of the woods, but puzzle the hell out of outsiders? (With explanations where necessary)
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    A couple of Belfast ones (where I'm from):

    Couple of guys are walking down the street when they hear recorded music. "Unforgettable..." "That's Nat King Cole" says one. "Well who is it then?" says the other.

    Guy gets into a taxi and says "Ladas Drive, please". Taxi driver says "you'll sit in the back like everybody else".

    A Glaswegian one:

    Guy goes into a bakery, points at one of the items, and says "is that a cake or a meringue?" The assistant says "aye, it's a cake".
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011
    Actually, most of the above are self explanatory if you say them out loud in the appropriate accent...
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2011 edited
    @Patrick Brown: I get the first two, but I'm lost on the meringue/cake one.

    EDIT: Wait, wait... "Or am I wrong."

    Ah. Ahah. Heehee. I get it now.
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    This article in the Guardian has a bunch of examples from around the world.
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    I actually took a bus to Ladas Drive this afternoon, and the driver did that joke.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
    Another Scottish one...

    A glaswegian lad takes his girlfriend home for the first time. He says ''This is Amanda.'' His dad jumps up. ''It's a fucking what?''
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    What's the difference between Cardo and Walt Disney? Cardo tells Scottish jokes, and Walt Disney
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    We don't have an accent where I live, so there are none of those kinds of jokes.

    OK, we have an accent, but it's essentially the one they use on American television, so everybody understands it.
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    @PatrickBrown: Interestingly, I didn't get the first one, but the other two were easy enough.

    @mybrainhurts: I enjoyed the article, thank you.

    @fat face rick: I'm not sure on that one. Is Walt Disney supposed to be pronounced Walt didn't he?
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    trini - in Belfast, "not" is often pronounced "nat", and "disnae" is Scots for "doesn't".
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
    I thought the trouble with Ladas was that most of the time they didn't drive, you had to push 'em...
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
    ^Hmm...nope, don't get it...
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    I think Ladas = Lardarse in that last one, Lardass being a term of derision for a fat, and presumably lazy person.

    Although I could be completely wrong :)
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
    "Let us drive", I thought?
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
    A Lada is a particularly crappy Russian car.
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    A Lada is a crappy Russian car, but taphead has got the joke right.
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    Understanding the "Ladas Drive" joke is made difficult not only by the need to "hear" and interpret the accent, but also by the need to understand that "us" is often used in the local dialect as a first-person singular pronoun.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    Errm, yes, sorry about that, i should probably have kept that little gem to myself. No doubt the whole line of Lada/Skoda jokes (Why do Ladas have heated rear screens? To keep your hands warm in the winter!) exist under a different guise in the States.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    I dunno, I got the Ladas drive one right away...

    The Jewish tradition of "Herschel jokes" (Herschel being a faithful and generally virtuous man, but also kinda dim in the brain department) are some of my favorites. They've shown up in various guises all over the world, but they humor is so quintessentially Jewish that you almost can't call them anything but Herschel jokes.