October 23, 2012

Foreign Humor

Shortly after he left office, Jimmy Carter was perplexed to find his opening anecdote in a speech to a college in Japan greeted with uproarious laughter. When he asked why the joke had gotten such an extraordinary response, he received this reply from his Japanese interpreter: “I told the audience, ‘President Carter told a funny story; everyone must laugh.’” 
—Jascha Hoffman, “Me Translate Funny One Day

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