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10/11/2018 at 2:53:51 PM GMT
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The Dad-Joke Doctrine

By Ashley Fetters —

“It would be difficult to make the case that the ‘guy who died in the round barn’ joke, a classic Midwest joke, is funny in its own right—though I would argue it’s pretty funny how much my dad still loves telling it. Which makes it a shining example of one of America’s great familial oral traditions: the dad joke.

In recent years, the mass-sharing capabilities of the internet have facilitated a renewed (eye-rolling, faux-begrudging) appreciation of the dad joke. The Reddit page r/dadjokes, a forum where users go to share and enjoy ‘the jokes that make you laugh and cringe in equal measure,’ has more than 1 million subscribers and amasses several new posts every hour. The online video series Dad Jokes, which pits comedians and celebrities against each other in dad-joke-telling competitions where ‘if you laugh you lose,’ launched in 2017 and today has some 999,000 followers on Facebook. Twitter users, meanwhile, frequently call each other (and themselves) out for their simplest and squeaky-cleanest puns by tweeting ‘#dadjoke.’


To continue reading, visit the full article on The Atlantic’s website.

Fetters, Ashley. “The Dad-Joke Doctrine.” The Atlantic. (September 25, 2018). <>


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