I like jokes. Clever ones. Silly ones. Odd ones. Even bad ones. I do draw the line at those I find offensive … but, as with anything to do with humour, I guess it’s a matter of personal opinion.
Laughing’s good ... and that’s fact. Research has shown the health benefits of laughter range from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings to increasing our threshold for pain. Believe it or not, there’s even a growing practice known as humour therapy, which helps people heal more quickly, among other things. Humour also has several important stress relieving benefits.
In IT, however, I’ve learned that things can be at their funniest when they’re not happening to you. If your email is down that’s not funny, period; but your colleague’s screen freezing can be mildly amusing, in a Schadenfreudean sort of way. Of course, if there’s a scam going around that catches someone out, you might ruefully smile and think “there but for the grace of God”; but a laptop battery exploding definitely has its moments (unless you happen to be the unfortunate maker of the battery).
We’ve all heard the conjecture that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. However, thanks to the internet, we know this is emminently not true.
Then there’s the very nasty ‘C-Nile’ virus I’ve just heard about which even the most advanced anti-virus systems haven’t yet managed to take care of ... but only if you were born before 1958!
Yep, clearly IT can be a laugh. Don’t believe me? If you happen to be feeling a little down, in need of a pick-me-up, or, like me, simply like a smirk now and then, try my top five good/bad/really bad/indifferent* computer jokes (*delete as you see fit):
• Where do computers go to dance?
Ah, an oldie but a goodie ... the disk-o!
• What does Bill Gates do when he is hot?
He opens Windows! (Ow ... I know, but stay with me)
• When does a computer need shoes?
When it’s rebooting! Ha ha.
What do you think so far?
Okay, so maybe not the best. But two to go. These I actually quite like.
• What do you get if you cross a computer with an elephant?
Lots and lots of memory.
And my favourite ... my all-time funny computer joke ... and that’s not just because my son told it to me.
• Why did the computer cross the road?
Because the the chicken programmed it to!
Now if that doesn’t raise a smile, nothing will.