Nov 14, 2011 at 03:02PM EST
I think the analysis of this is missing one of the most important factors: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is the original anti-joke. It’s a classic riddle that has a joke-like setup, followed by a non-funny response, and in a bizarre twist, it’s that non-funniness that is the source of a new, deeper level of ironic humor. While I of course do not know if the originators of this meme intended to reference that phenomenon, it seems to me to be incredibly likely.
Somebody add this, or I’ll be forced to do it myself, and accordance with my writing style, it will probably be a seven-paragraph subsection of the entry.
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