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Jeneral Joke Store

October 04, 2012

The Jeneral Joke Store is a joke-writing duo consisting of artists Jonathan Middleton and Aaron Carpenter. Jeneral Joke Store generates, distributes, and utilizes jokes as a form of social currency. The Store was most recently situated in the front ticket booth at The Western Front as part of Instant Coffee's Doing So Much Yet Feeling So Little.
Carpenter is also a contributor to the one-night exhibition Meditation Cornwall, curated by Jenifer Papararo and taking place on Saturday, October 6 here.
This is a list of the Jeneral Joke Store's Top Five Jokes.

1. Joke #1

A man in a wheelchair walks into a bar...

2. Joke #2

A man walks into a joke. Joke says, "Who's there?", then crosses the road.

3. Joke #3

A man goes to his physician and says, "Doctor, I have had the strangest visions; I keep seeing lilac clouds with blue polka dots, white winged horses, and mermaids with long locks of shimmering marigold."
The Doctor asks, "Have you seen an optometrist yet?"
The man says, "No, so far it's just been lilac clouds with blue polka dots, white winged horses, and mermaids with long locks of shimmering marigold".

4. Joke #4

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: I'm not sure we could ever fully ascertain this, even if the chicken could speak. Wittgenstein stresses the social aspects of cognition; to see how language works for most cases, we have to see how it functions in a specific social situation. It is this emphasis on becoming attentive to the social backdrop against which language is rendered intelligible that explains Wittgenstein's elliptical comment: "If a lion could talk, we could not understand him." However, in proposing the thought experiment involving the fictional character Robinson Crusoe, a captain shipwrecked on a desolate island with no other inhabitant, Wittgenstein shows that language is not in all cases a social phenomenon (although, it is for most cases); instead the criterion for a language is grounded in a set of interrelated normative activities: teaching, explanations, techniques, and criteria of correctness. In short, it is essential that a language is shareable, but this does not imply that for a language to function that it is in fact already shared.
(Note: Portions of this text may or may not have been shamelessly stolen from Margaret Wente.)

5. Joke #5

Q: What's the worst thing about having a threesome with Mickey and Minnie Mouse?
A: Coming down off your high and realizing you've just killed your grandparents.



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