My husband recently gave me his version of the “Why did the chicken cross the road” joke. Here’s how this conversation (and my simple thought process) went.
C: I’ve gotta joke for you. It’s autistic friendly!
M: Okay. Let’s hear it.
C: How did the chicken cross the road?
M: I believe this usually begin with “why.”
[Chandler face palms, and takes a deep breath].
C: For this joke, it’s “How did the chicken cross the road?”
[‘Okay,’ I think to myself. ‘I’ll entertain this’.]
M: Hmm… how?
C: He crossed the road using the crosswalk, when the light signaled that he had the right of way.
[I laugh, that’s good! I like safety jokes!]
M: Nice one! Except, why would the chicken need to cross the road? Also, it’s a bit unrealistic to think that the chicken is cle-
[Chandler cuts me off.]
C: It’s a joke, don’t ruin it. Just laugh.
[Oh, it’s rhetorical. No one cares about the rationalization of a chickens actual motives. That’s the main rule of sharing a joke, it’s not always rational. Sometimes, the humor is that it’s paradoxical. I will keep this, and save this to share with someone else.]