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The last few days, a handful cases of joke tellers have been caught telling non-original jokes that have been told before.
Jeez. Big deal! Most jokes have been told many times before! When I tell jokes orally, I never start out with "I read a joke on the URL so-and-so, and will retell it to you - listen: ...". No. I never provide source references when I retell a joke I have heard from someone else.
When others crack jokes, maybe I have heard the same joke in a dozen of variants before. A guy telling it again in a way so convincing that you just have to believe that he was the one experiecing it and the other twelve must have heard it from him... That's a pleasure! Your intellect tells you that it can't possibly be his originl joke, yet that thirteenth variant is the one you really love.
Great! Accept it! More than that: Enjoy it, when you hear the same joke told in a (possibly) new and refreshing way!
If you demand/expect to always hear new, original jokes all the time, you'll be disappointed. Rather enjoy new ones even more when you hear them. I suppose you have all heard about this storyteller club where stories and jokes had been retold so many times that old members knew them all by heart. So they decided to start numbering all the well known jokes. When someone said: "Fifty-four!", they all knew joke #54, and laughed or chuckled or whatever, depending on how funny they thought joke #54 to be. One of members one brought a guest, unfamiliar with the numbers, so when someone said "Thirteen!", he didn't know how to react. But he got the basic idea, and wanted to participate, so he said "Six hundred and eighty!" and everbody laughed like crazy - that one none of them had heard before.
If you can succeed in that manner, by making your joke appear new and fresh (and also relevant, to the point, relating to something someone else just said), an old joke can get a new life.
I must admit that I am not a very good storytelller myself. My strenght (in humor) is that I am an expert in making the craziest mental associations to what I hear others say, and put in random side remarks that appears to be my spontaneous reactions - but quite often, they are punchlines I heard from professional comedians years ago. Those who have heard the line before laugh at the way I use re-use it, others laugh because it is new and fresh to them. I am not ashamed of stealing punchlines, and I do not feel obliged to make source references.
You must be new here. You're missing the point: Calling out "repeat offenders" is half the fun...
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Actually, I have got one coworker, and one other friend: They are both very eager to boost their exellent memory. When I am at some social event, chatting with someone else, maybe telling a story or a joke - there is no difference - and one of them happens to be within hearing distance, they come up, interrupting, "You have told that before!" If it was a joke, they tell the puchline to that other listener, before half of the joke is told, or if I am telling about a personal experience, they break in and tell "Oh yeah, that is when you ended up so-and-so. Hah ha!"
That really annoys me! So I have made it a habit that whenever xxx is present, I start my story by saying, making sure that xxx hears it "I know xxx has heard this before, but I don't think I have told it to you ...".
Yet, they may be eager to correct tiny little details, or add details that I left out. Such as a few months ago when I let fall a remark about a pizza place, "I haven't been there for a couple of years". To which yyy commented "You have! You were there for your birthday party ... No, you are right, that is two years and two months ago, so you could call it a couple of years - but that time, you remarked to the waitress that they had remodeled since the last time you had been there".
Jeez! How many of you walk around remembembering for 2+ years the small remarks all your friends make to the waiter/waitress at a pizza place (or wherever)? Sometimes, it could be seen as a concern fo my wellbeing, like when this same fellow aired his worries over how many times I had been eating meat dishes at the office canteen the last month - he thought the number to be too high. I couldn't protest: I do not keep any log of when I eat vegetarian, fish or meat lunches, but must rely on his memory (but I know that I eat far less meat than the average Norwegain!).
I guess friends like these are what makes me want to exclaim: Can't you just shut up and let him tell the story, or joke - even if you have heard it from someone else a few days earlier? I guess that the one you heard it from first time had also gotten it from someone else. The "plagiarism" we see here may be the first hearing/reading for a lot of people, just like it was for you a few days ago. Why should you spoil the fun?
To me, these "That joke has already been told!" is at the same level as reminding me of my small remarks to the waitress 2+ years ago, or remembering for a month what I put on my plate for lunch. It is annoying.
Which is why I take mine at night, so far so good.
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