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New and improved cracker jokes?
By Hamish Reid
BBC Kent

Christmas cracker
Q: What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? A: Dam

Every year, papermaker Swantex, based in Swanley, share 25 million Christmas cracker jokes with the British public.

Now bosses fear that there are too many groans and not enough giggles around the Christmas dinner table.

They have decided to offer a new set of side splitters to festive diners, all tested by an "experienced panel in laboratory conditions".

Old favourites have been chucked: What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea.

They have been replaced with jokes such as: What lies in a pram and wobbles? A jelly baby, of course.

The company, which is Britain's biggest cracker maker, decided that many of their existing jokes were politically incorrect and may not be found funny by the more discerning cracker puller.

Dozens of less PC jokes about mother-in-laws, transvestites and animal cruelty have been consigned to the final resting place of so many of the plastic toys and paper hats that accompanied them.

Instead, the firm has said that they want to reflect changing attitudes in the modern world in their new set of non-offensive gags.

Those campaigning against political correctness may not agree with the company's stance, but what do you think?


What makes a good Christmas cracker joke? Tell us your favourite one liner.


Why shouldn't you change your sandwich maker?
Better the Breville you know!
Kelly, Kent


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