There's a fine line between laughing at a joke and becoming the joke. And while most of us cross it at one point or another, these unfortunate folks did it on the Internet, and their fails have been immortalized on the subreddit r/woooosh.

If you aren't familiar with the place, all you need to know is that it's an archive of screenshots, showing someone misinterpreting a joke. And the more ignorant a post is, the better it does within the community. I'm talking about people so clueless, they really think a guy mistakes a plane for a bus. Or that another one believes that sharks have toes. Just continue scrolling and you'll see what I'm talking about. When you're done, check out our earlier posts on the topic here and here.

The subreddit has grown a lot since its creation on November 1, 2016. Now, it has over 890,000 members and is steadily approaching the 1 million mark. Not to mention all the similar subreddits, like r/woosh.

True, the Internet is so full of lies and "fake news", sometimes it's hard to tell if what you are looking at is sincere or not. But often, it is pretty obvious that the person who posted something was making a joke and others didn't get it. Maybe it was a bad joke – but it is still a joke nonetheless, and it is our job, as smart people who use the Internet, to recognize it. Or accept our mistake and move on if we don't.

Interestingly, humor is found in all cultures and at all ages, and in recent decades experimental psychology started viewing it as an essential, fundamental human behavior.

Historically, psychologists framed humor negatively, saying it demonstrated superiority, vulgarity, Freudian id conflict, or a defense mechanism to hide one’s true feelings.

But research on humor has evolved, viewing it as a character strength. Positive psychology, a field that is dedicated to what people do well, states that humor can be used to make others feel good, to gain intimacy, or to help buffer stress. Together with gratitude, hope, and spirituality, a sense of humor belongs to the set of strengths positive psychologists call transcendence; they help us connect to the world and provide meaning to life. Appreciation of humor correlates with other strengths, such as wisdom and love of learning.

So remember, it's perfectly normal if we don't get a joke or two. However, it's a whole other story if we don't find anything funny.

#5

A Very Rare Black Kangaroo

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love it when they name call, makes their stupidity even funnier.

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#7

Sharks Have Toes

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#8

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beside the point, I know but, how NEEDY is this photo? Get over yourself 'celeb' we're all worse off than you.

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#12

Small Brain: Blurring The Name Of The Dumb Person / Big Brain: Cutting It Out

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Peppermallow
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The proof that its false is that the earth behind him isnt flat

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#13

No Kidding Huh

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for that. Much appreciated. Said no-one. Ever.

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People-Missed-Jokes-Funny-Posts

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn, I really thought that could actually slow time down

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#22

He Cracked The Code

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GoodWolf
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll be singing that in my head for the rest of the day. And I hate that song 😂

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#24

Got It , Thanks

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You'd be surprised how many Trump voters have the mind of a 13 year old. Trump himself is 74 but the 7 is silent.

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#25

Weu2019ve Been Bamboozled

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Vorknkx
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ooops, too late. You might want to avoid the ball pit for a while...

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#27

Right Above The Head

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Vic
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you attach a GoPro to a bee, do you get a GoProbe(e)?

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DforDorothy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's special, 'cause you ain't getting anything for free

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#31

Today Someone Learned How Birthdays Work

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#36

Double Homework, Obviously

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Kostas
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

who keeps homework in a folder when there's tons of free homework on the internets?

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#37

Rod And Todd

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Scagsy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see everyone is staying safely away from the comments on this one. Me too.

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Viviane
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is the number pronounced "too-too" or "two-two"?

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#40

No This Is Definitely The Reason

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