I remember browsing through Wikipedia one day, and coming across an article defining surprise-based humour. The article had a very specific scientific name, which doesn't have the actual word "surprise" in it.

To give an example of this kind humour, consider the following sentence:

"I have the body of a 20 years old model, it really takes a lot of space in my freezer."

I'd like to know the actual name of that kind of humour, and particular the link to the long gone Wikipedia article regarding it.


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    Pretty sure all humor is predicated on surprise, one way or another.
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:11
  • @DanBron Perhaps I mean in an exaggerated way then?
    – user1337
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:12
  • Old science, but science nonetheless: black bile? The joke does seem a little splenetic.
    – TRomano
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:13
  • Perhaps paraprosdokian or garden-path sentence then? Not sure those are specific to humor, though.
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:14
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    @user1337 That's first, and probably last, time I've ever heard that sentence in my life.
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:22


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