After telling the banana joke to 3 men and 5 women, I was unable to reach a conclusion about the experiment. As Andrew had predicted, all the men I told the joke to laughed. Four women laughed a bit less and Heidi did not laugh. I still had 3 interesting male subjects to test.
4. My fiancé, Nick
It was quite late at night and we were lying in bed when I suddenly remembered I had to tell him the joke. Strangely, I was a bit nervous. What if he didn’t laugh? Would it mean that he was not attracted to me anymore?
Me: Neek, I’ve got this funny joke project for my blog…
Nick: [sleepy] Huh?
Me: [bossy] Come on, please open your eyes and listen, I want to try my joke on you, it is important.
Nick: Aight (it is something Kiwis and Australians say sometimes, it means “All right”).
He sat on the bed and waited. “The conditions are not perfect”, I thought, but I was too impatient to wait for the next day:
Me: What is yellow and invisible?
Nick: [impatient to go back to sleep] Tell me.
Me: [pretending to hold a banana and grinning] This banana!
He looked at me, astonished, and laughed. A big warm smile stayed a few minutes on his face and he said: “I like non-sense jokes like that”.
We felt happy for we shared a certain sense of humour. We certainly don’t share other things, like a taste in movies. Last night, for example, he convinced me to watch Zombie Land, promising it would be cool and hilarious (he’d already seen it, so I thought it might not be that bad if he wanted to watch it again).
After ten minutes of stupid zombies vomiting blood all the time combined with the non-existence of any storyline, I could not take any more of it: “This is the worst movie I’ve ever seen!” I exploded. “It’s even worse than Scott Pilgrim vs the world and 10 things I hate about you” – other bad movies he likes. “I can’t believe you can enjoy it. It’s complete shit!” I went on.
He called me lame and pretentious. We cannot share everything I guess.