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  I say, I say, is this Britain's funniest joke?
Updated 20 December 2001, 13.24
What a joke!
Knock knock!
Who's there?
Dr!
Dr Who?

Yes. Well, we all have our favourite jokes, some of them good, most of them terrible.

But now Britain's funniest joke has been officially chosen - and the Dr Who one missed out. Researchers spent months in stitches over a selection of gags, testing them out on 100,000 people.

Giggle

Fact File
Another high-scoring gag
A man had a dog called Minton. One day Minton ate two shuttlecocks. When the owner found out, he said: "bad Minton".

Dr Richard Wiseman, the main researcher in the Laughlab experiment, asked people to send their funniest jokes to a special website he set up. People from more than 70 different countries then voted on them.

The researchers found there were lots of differences between what people from other countries found funny.

And it took three months to find out that Brits giggled most at this Sherlock Holmes joke.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are going camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. Some time in the middle of the night, Holmes wakes Watson up. "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce."

Watson says: "I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth; and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."

Holmes replies: "Watson, you idiot, somebody stole our tent!"

So, does it beat the old "why did the chicken cross the road" jokes?

Have your say by voting now and send us your funniest jokes by going to the links to the right of this story

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