Anti-Joke Chicken

Anti-Joke Chicken

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THERE'S AN IRISHMAN, A HOMOSEXUAL, AND A JEW STANDING ATA BAR WHAT A FINE EKAMPLE OF AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY. mempgeneratorn

About

Anti-Joke Chicken is an image macro series featuring an image of a hen accompanied by a top line of text that sounds like the introduction of a joke, but the bottom line provides an unexpected anticlimax. The chicken is centered within a typical advice animal starburst background.

Origin

Anti-humor[1] existed well before the Internet was invented. While anti-humor comes in many forms, one of the most common is the one used in this meme: a joke-like setup followed by a non-punchline. This forms a sort of meta-joke in which ironic humor is found in the lack of any standard form of humor. One of the most well-known anti-humor jokes is the classic:

Q:Why did the chicken cross the road?
A:To get to the other side!

Dating back at least to the mid-1800s, this joke contains no inherent humor within the punchline, and is likely a partial inspiration for this meme.[2]



The above is the original photo on which the image macro was based. It was taken by the owner of the hen, professional ophthalmic photographer Marshall E. Tyler,[3] at his home in North Carolina.

Spread

A Reddit thread was created on February 20th, 2011 called "It's the anti-joke chicken!!!!" and linked to an imgur page containing four derivatives. The poster claimed that they found the images on 4chan :

I wish I had created this meme, but I must give credit where credit is due: these images were found deep in the ugly bowels of /b/.[4]

Anti-joke threads have been popular on 4chan for several years, and the earliest 4chan archive thread dates back to June 30th, 2007.[5] The first Anti-Joke Chicken image on Quickmeme was created on February 22nd, 2011.[6]

Notable Examples

KNOCK KNOCK IT'S THE POLICE, IM AFRAID YOUR WIFE HAS BEEN BADLY INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENTe net WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ABIONDEAND A BOWLING BALL? A BLONDEISA HUMAN WOMAN ANDA BOWLING BALLIS AN INANIMATE OBJECT USED FOR THE POPULAR SPORT OF BOWLING YOUR MOMMAIS SO OLD THAT SHE IS PROBABLY GOING TO DIE PRETTY SOON quickmeme.com KNOCK KNOCK COME IN memegenerator.net YOUR MOM IS SO FAT SHE HAD A CARDIACARREST DUE TO HERINCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE. quickmeme.com A GUY WALKS INTOA BAR... HE HAS AFAMILY OF FOUR AND DRINKING PROBLEM

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Search Interest

Search queries for "anti joke chicken" had the first spike in March of 2011.

External References

[1] Wikipedia – Anti-humor

[2] Wikipedia – Why did the chicken cross the road?

[3] Marshall E. Tyler, CRA, FOPS

[4] Reddit – It's the anti-joke chicken!!!! / 2/20/2011

[5] 4chan Archive – ITT antihumor / 6/30/07 (Warning: some NSFW content)

[6] Quickmeme – Anti-Joke Chicken / 2/22/2011

[7] Antijoke.com

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Brucker
Brucker

Okay, Mr. Tyler wrote me back and verified the source of the photo. I think this article is all cleaned up now.

Speaking of one of the previous comments about "anti-pick-up lines", it's funny, I was actually thinking another picture from Tyler's site could be a good basis for an advice animal called "Flirting Fail Frog":

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…but of course, as we always say, "We don't create memes on this site, we just document them."

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