Not only does July 1 mark the middle of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, it is also International Joke Day. The unofficial holiday encourages participants to share their funniest and sidesplitting jokes with the world.
While the origins of this rib-tickling holiday are unknown, one can assume that its creators wanted people to spread cheer, laughter, and happiness by telling jokes to everyone they meet.
A joke is a written or spoken narrative that entertains, amuses, or generates laughter among readers or listeners.
Humans have been telling jokes for a large part of their history. According to historians, the oldest recorded joke can be traced back to the ancient Sumerians in 1900 BC.
Anthropological studies have shown that laughter evolved as a way for humans to signal friendship and as a way to create and strengthen ties with a group.
How to Celebrate?
They say laughter is the best medicine, so make people around you laugh out loud by telling them jokes.
Organize a joke contest at work – the best joke wins a gag prize.
Read joke books today and share your favorite ones with family and friends.
What about playing a harmless practical joke on a friend or a colleague?
Did You Know...
...that it is believed on average children between the ages of 0 to 4 laugh 200-300 times a day, while adults only laugh about 4-20 times a day?