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A punch line is the final part of a joke, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny and to provoke laughter from listeners. A joke is a short story or short series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of being laughed at or found humorous by the listener or reader. ... This article discusses humour in terms of comedy and laughter. ... Self-portrait of Joseph Ducreux shown laughing. ...


For instance, in the following well-known joke:

A man walks into a bar with a duck under his arm.
The bartender asks: "Hey, where did you find the pig?"
"It's not a pig, it's a duck," the man answers.
To which the barman replies: "I was talking to the duck."

"I was talking to the duck" is the punch line: if people laugh at the joke, it's when they hear that part.


Punch lines generally derive their humor from being unexpected. "Punch line" is probably an Americanism, but the "punch" could be related to biting lines delivered by the "Punch" character in Punch and Judy shows. In previous centuries, a joke was sometimes a "bite" or a "hit." A stained glass illustration of Mr. ...


The classic stand-up punch line sound is a sting (erroneously called a rimshot) on drums. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Drum carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863 Several American Indian-style drums for sale at the National Museum of the American Indian. ...


In one classic joke known as The Aristocrats, which was the subject of a 2005 documentary of the same name, the punch line of the joke is not intended to provoke laughter. Instead, the setup of the joke, which is often ad libbed to include numerous obscene and taboo subjects, is used to provoke shock and disgust. The punch line of the joke is always "The Aristocrats." The Aristocrats (also known as The Debonaires and The Sophisticates) is a joke which is alleged to have been told by numerous stand-up comedians since the vaudeville era, and often only among an audience of other comedians. ...


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Punch line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
A punch line is the final part of a joke, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny and to provoke laughter from listeners.
The classic stand-up punch line sound is a sting (erroneously called a rimshot) on drums.
In one classic joke known as The Aristocrats, which was the subject of a 2005 documentary of the same name, the punch line of the joke is not intended to provoke laughter.
Punch card - definition of Punch card in Encyclopedia (1474 words)
In that year, punched cards were made a standard size, exactly 7-3/8 inch by 3-1/4 inch (187.325 by 82.55 mm), reportedly corresponding to the US currency of the day, though some sources characterise this assertion as urban legend.
A column with 2 punches (zone[12,11,0] + digit[1-9]) was a letter, 3 punches (zone[12,11,0] + digit[1-7] + 8) was a special character, The introduction of EBCDIC in 1964 allowed columns with as many as 6 punches (zones[12,11,0,8,9] + digit[1-7]).
In this binary mode, cards could be made in which every possible punch position had a hole: these were called "lace cards." For example, the IBM 700/7000 series scientific computers treated every row as two 36-bit words, in columns 1-72, ignoring the last 8 columns.
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