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You’d think that parent humor is all about dad jokes and outdated references that are only there for the specific purpose of making you look bad in front of your cool friends. Well, there’s much more than that.

There are genuinely funny parents out there—even the ones with all the literal puns—and the internet has become a bit of a channel for them to surface. We’ve scoped out the best of the best of them to compile this neat little (not really) listicle for your entertainment to prove just how hilarious moms and dads can actually be.

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My Parents Sent Me This From Their Retirement Community Today

My Parents Sent Me This From Their Retirement Community Today

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My Dad Recently Got A 3D Printer And Made A Stool Sample For His Doctor

My Dad Recently Got A 3D Printer And Made A Stool Sample For His Doctor

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Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. The so-called dad jokes get a bad rep online, and it’s understandable. We won’t argue that they are notoriously corny, cheesy, and fit the bill of a wisecrack on steroids. It doesn’t help that these are often the reason why kids avoid parents when they’re with their friends out and about in the wild. But what if I told you it’s not a bad thing?

#4

My Dad Asked Me If I Wanted An Egg Sandwich. I'm Not Even Mad, This Is Genius

My Dad Asked Me If I Wanted An Egg Sandwich. I'm Not Even Mad, This Is Genius

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#5

My Parents Just Got Internet, And My Dad Is Already Showing Videos To The Neighbors

My Parents Just Got Internet, And My Dad Is Already Showing Videos To The Neighbors

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#6

My Mom Makes Pottery Masks As A Hobby, And My Dad Is Going Quarantine Crazy. This Is The Result

My Mom Makes Pottery Masks As A Hobby, And My Dad Is Going Quarantine Crazy. This Is The Result

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Turns out, there are studies that prove corny parent jokes, all while being full of potential to embarrass, can teach kids to overcome awkward moments when they become adults themselves.

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Kids benefit greatly from parents who role play at home or otherwise offer tools for socializing to their kids by putting them into situations where they can practice their newly acquired means of socializing.

#7

My Parents Wouldn't Let Me In. Something About "Not Being On This List"

My Parents Wouldn't Let Me In. Something About "Not Being On This List"

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#8

My Mom Missed A Group Photo, So She Offered To Photoshop Herself In

My Mom Missed A Group Photo, So She Offered To Photoshop Herself In

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#9

I Jokingly Sent My Mom A Cutout Of Myself While I'm Studying Abroad. She Seems To Be Entertaining Herself With It

I Jokingly Sent My Mom A Cutout Of Myself While I'm Studying Abroad. She Seems To Be Entertaining Herself With It

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If anything—a bit of a devious approach, but one that definitely will show that you love and care for your dad—turn those jokes back at them on Father’s day. Heck, or any other day! Humor doesn’t discriminate chronologically. And sure, you might not embarrass your dad the same way he can embarrass you, but they’ll definitely pick up on the corn and appreciate it all the more.

#10

Mom Told Me The Rooster Was After Her Today. I Had To Check Security Cameras To Verify

Mom Told Me The Rooster Was After Her Today. I Had To Check Security Cameras To Verify

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#12

Parents Waiting For The Bus On The Last Day Of School

Parents Waiting For The Bus On The Last Day Of School

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Anywho, moms and dads online range from get out to mad lad savage in their humor. But it’s all in good fun in the end.

Kid says he doesn’t know what he wants to eat? Serve a bowl of IDK. Son wants to propose? Be there in the background with a sign pleading for the partner to say no. Daughter turns 18? Surprise her with the scariest pumpkin ever—because nothing is scarier than real life.

#13

Parents Gave Me A Gift For College Today, Which Was All The Money That My Mom Found In My Pockets When Doing My Laundry

Parents Gave Me A Gift For College Today, Which Was All The Money That My Mom Found In My Pockets When Doing My Laundry

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is making me paranoid...how much money have my parents collected from my pockets over the years???

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#14

My Mom Keeps Getting Homeowner Association's Letters About Leaves In Her Yard. This Is Her Response

My Mom Keeps Getting Homeowner Association's Letters About Leaves In Her Yard. This Is Her Response

"Roses are red
Leaves they fall
I rake mine
How about ya'll?

My leaves are bagged!
They're at the dump!
Yet I keep getting letters
From some chump.

This poor fellow
Must need employment,
Or he's sick in the head
Harassing brings him enjoyment.

If that is the case,
Then he has my pity.
Perhaps he should move
To a far-off city.

Or better still
Go to outer space
Sending his letters
All over the place!

With my HOA dues
To pay for this decree,
"The entire cosmos
Shall be completely leaf-free!"

But our leaf hero
Is sadly an a**
For my trees are bare
And my lawn is just grass."

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#15

My Dad Had Eye Surgery, And My Mom Asked Where He Wanted To Go For Lunch After. So Here We Are

My Dad Had Eye Surgery, And My Mom Asked Where He Wanted To Go For Lunch After. So Here We Are

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Laughter is good all around. In their younger years, kids benefit from humor in terms of intelligence, general health and coping with life’s challenges. If anything, it allows them to connect with their parents and that’s always nice.

And depending on their age, different kinds of humor tickle their funny bone: tickles and raspberries for infants, physical humor for toddlers, incongruity and bathroom humor with preschoolers and basic wordplay, exaggerations and slapstick for school-age kids. Most importantly, it has to be unexpected. That’s the key to humor in general.

#17

Parents Got Snowed In At The Lake House. Mom Sent Me This And Said: "Your Father And His Friend Are Out Of Control"

Parents Got Snowed In At The Lake House. Mom Sent Me This And Said: "Your Father And His Friend Are Out Of Control"

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know where this is but it doesn't look like enough snow to classify as snowed in - from someone in Colorado

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#18

My Dad Was Gonna Go For A Run. He Laid Down To Stretch His Back, And I Found Him Asleep 30 Minutes Later

My Dad Was Gonna Go For A Run. He Laid Down To Stretch His Back, And I Found Him Asleep 30 Minutes Later

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Humor and laughter in the years following childhood and adolescence is just as important as it was before. There’s evidence that laughter boosts the immune system, lowers stress and decreases pain, gives a more positive look on life and improves mood, strengthens psychological resilience, helps with social matters and empowers bonding (personal, corporate, etc.), among many other things. After all, it’s better to hang around someone who’s genuinely funny rather than a complete buzzkill.

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#19

My Mom Has This Hanging Above The Dryer In Her Laundry Room

My Mom Has This Hanging Above The Dryer In Her Laundry Room

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#20

This Is What True Love Looks Like. My Mom Taking A Picture Of My Dad Acting Like He's Stuck In The Dryer

This Is What True Love Looks Like. My Mom Taking A Picture Of My Dad Acting Like He's Stuck In The Dryer

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#21

I Dropped In On My Kids' Zoom Classes. This Was A Payback For All The Interruptions To My Work Calls

I Dropped In On My Kids' Zoom Classes. This Was A Payback For All The Interruptions To My Work Calls

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Now, you might think that not everyone is funny, but, one, it’s a key people skill, which quite likely means everyone is good at it to some level and, two, everyone can learn it. And you’d be surprised how far the basics can go.

First up, give the opposite answer to yes or no questions. If someone is asking you a question and hints at their expectation of what you might say, surprise them with the opposite answer and break their expectations.

#22

My Dad Just Posted This Photo With The Caption "Spring Is In The Air"

My Dad Just Posted This Photo With The Caption "Spring Is In The Air"

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#23

I'm 24 And Still Live With My Parents. This Is What I Got For Christmas

I'm 24 And Still Live With My Parents. This Is What I Got For Christmas

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#24

I Removed The Plastic Wrap From The Family's TV Remote, And This Was My Mother's Response The Next Day

I Removed The Plastic Wrap From The Family's TV Remote, And This Was My Mother's Response The Next Day

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks like fine mesh on the top. Was she trying to decorate it or protect it?.. You sure can't wipe that off with a chlorox wipe!

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Next, what you want to do is play with your numbers. Exaggerate them, say it’s nothing or tiny, but you still end up revealing an extremely contradicting number (like saying you’ve played a game a bit, but your record shows 1,600 hours in).

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Another way of approaching it is to hype up (or the opposite) something that is absolutely not what it is and then deliver the real answer for comedic effect. You know, “what do I win?” – “oh, you won some badges… um, a blue ribbon… 10 million dollars…” Now extend across several minutes.

#25

He Was Just Messing Around. He Likes Him A Lot

He Was Just Messing Around. He Likes Him A Lot

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#26

I Came Home And Found This. I Love My Mom

I Came Home And Found This. I Love My Mom

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine waking up to see those teeth, inches from your face worse than a horse's head

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#27

Someone Stole My Mom's Zucchini From The Community Garden

Someone Stole My Mom's Zucchini From The Community Garden

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There’s also tactics like using the rule of three, with the last one being an unexpected, unrelated piece of nonsense to deliver your point home; switching characters whereby if someone is trying to pin something comedic on you, you can casually retarget it to the next person; or surprise folks with an unexpected “whatever” if stuff gets ugly.

But do keep in mind that real life stories are always better than jokes, so if you have those, whip them out!

#28

My Dad Gives All The Kids $100 Dollars Every Year In A Weird Way And This Year He Went All In

My Dad Gives All The Kids $100 Dollars Every Year In A Weird Way And This Year He Went All In

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#29

My Daughter Turned 18 On Halloween, So I Carved Her The Scariest Pumpkin In Honor Of It

My Daughter Turned 18 On Halloween, So I Carved Her The Scariest Pumpkin In Honor Of It

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#30

After Helping With A Project, My Dad Accidentally Took My Husband's Drill Bit Home In His Pocket. We Asked Him To Just Put It Somewhere Safe Until The Next Time We Meet And He Obliged

After Helping With A Project, My Dad Accidentally Took My Husband's Drill Bit Home In His Pocket. We Asked Him To Just Put It Somewhere Safe Until The Next Time We Meet And He Obliged

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Now, if this isn’t enough for you, be aware that parents have always been funny on the internet and Bored Panda is definitely a place to check some examples out.

But if that’s not something you want to get into, then why not leave us a comment with your stories and takes and then go do whatever that’s so important that you have to leave… or whatever.

#31

My Dad Wanted To Take A Nice Picture With A Waterfall In Yosemite

My Dad Wanted To Take A Nice Picture With A Waterfall In Yosemite

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#32

Told My Dad His Toast Could Only Be One Page

Told My Dad His Toast Could Only Be One Page

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#34

My Dad Said People At Work Wouldn't Stop Using His Personal Cup, So This Was His Solution

My Dad Said People At Work Wouldn't Stop Using His Personal Cup, So This Was His Solution

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#35

You Know Your Pops Is Committed To Dad Jokes When He Stops In The Middle Of A Six-Hour Drive In Wyoming Just To Take This Picture

You Know Your Pops Is Committed To Dad Jokes When He Stops In The Middle Of A Six-Hour Drive In Wyoming Just To Take This Picture

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#36

My Mom Washed My Snuggie And Hung It Up In My Room I Almost Had A Heart Attack

My Mom Washed My Snuggie And Hung It Up In My Room I Almost Had A Heart Attack

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#39

My Parents Have Contractors Doing A Long-Term Project, So My Mom Decided To Make It Festive

My Parents Have Contractors Doing A Long-Term Project, So My Mom Decided To Make It Festive

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#40

My Mom Got Me Custom-Made M&M's

My Mom Got Me Custom-Made M&M's

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#41

I Made Fun Of My Mom Because She Didn't Know Tomatoes Were Fruit. She Made Me Fruit Salad For Dessert

I Made Fun Of My Mom Because She Didn't Know Tomatoes Were Fruit. She Made Me Fruit Salad For Dessert

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#42

My Dad Said He Found Some Cute Baby Pictures Of Me And Handed Me These

My Dad Said He Found Some Cute Baby Pictures Of Me And Handed Me These

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#44

My Wife And I Went To Disney World. Also, The Kids Came

My Wife And I Went To Disney World. Also, The Kids Came

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My sister kids told her that this is extremely unfair that their parents have more fun in Disney world and doesn’t comply to kids every wish.

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#45

My Mom Has A Picture Of My Dad In Her Wallet Like This

My Mom Has A Picture Of My Dad In Her Wallet Like This

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#46

I Got A Text From Mum Saying: "Your Dinner For Tonight Is In The Fridge." This Is My Dinner

I Got A Text From Mum Saying: "Your Dinner For Tonight Is In The Fridge." This Is My Dinner

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#48

My 87-Year-Old Dad Came To Help. Instead Of Finding Him Working I Found This And Not Him

My 87-Year-Old Dad Came To Help. Instead Of Finding Him Working I Found This And Not Him

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#49

That Is The Most Horrifying Thing I've Ever Seen

That Is The Most Horrifying Thing I've Ever Seen

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#50

My Mother Just Told Everyone: "This Is The Vegan Option"

My Mother Just Told Everyone: "This Is The Vegan Option"

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