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I found an humor while reading an essay. But I can't understand the reason why it is funny. Does it need some background knowledge to understand it? I know only it is a kind of sick humor. Could you explain it for me?

The sick "humor" : Q. "What's the difference between a truckload of bowling balls and a truckload of dead babies?"

A. "You can't unload a truckload of bowling balls with a pitchfork."

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    I'd be very worried about anyone that genuinely found this funny. Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:11
  • What's that to do with ELU, btw?
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:13
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    Off-topic because it's not about the English language or its usage.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:13
  • Im sorry then where should I post this question?
    – gourmet
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:20
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    This joke would be (un)funny in any language, the humour doesn't depend on some quirk of English. It's not a play on words. I would describe this type of joke as "black humour": the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect. Pretty tasteless. Sorry, I'm not aware of a forum that focuses on explaining humour.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:55

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The need to laugh at things which are tragic, offensive or disgusting is known as "gallows humour" or "black comedy".

The form of the joke is "the difference is a surprising similarity".

Example:

  • What is the difference between a violinist and a dog?
  • The dog knows when to stop scratching.

Or:

  • What is the difference between a violin and a viola?
  • The viola burns longer.

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