Pre-dissolution Soviet comedians had to have all their jokes approved by the Department of Humor. Jokes about politics, religion, and sex were banned, which left mostly jokes about animals.
Frequent making of jokes, including puns, can be a diagnosed disorder, possibly caused by a stroke.
There was a toilet paper shortage in the USA in 1973 caused by a joke on a talk show that convinced people to hoard toilet paper.
On a trip to China, Prince Philip joked to students that “If you stay here much longer, you’ll go slit-eyed.” After initial concerns of offense, Chinese officials responded that they also warned their students of going “round-eyed” when studying abroad.”
A Japanese interpreter once translated a joke that Jimmy Carter delivered during a lecture as: “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.”
Every year the British Medical Journal publishes an issue full of joke science, like one paper that said men die before women because they are stupid. But years later these articles are cited by scientists as real, and this is causing a lot of problems.
While bored during his work with the Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman would amuse himself by picking the locks of his colleges confidential file cabinets and placing prank notes, his colleges believed a spy had infiltrated the project.
Former US President Calvin Coolidge (1924-28) enjoyed “buzzing for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him”.
The oldest recorded British joke dates back to the 10th Century A.D. and goes “What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before? Answer: A key.“