When it comes to liking black humor, there’s no such thing as being in between – you either love it or hate it. The morbidity and grotesqueness of these jokes are something not many can stomach, but there’s good news for those of you who can.
According to a new study published in the journal Cognitive Processing, being able to find humor in the seemingly dark and twisted is a sign of superior intelligence.
Dark humor, as the Cambridge Dictionary defines it, is “a humorous way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad.” Merriam-Webster defines it as “humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes.”
Basically, any type of humor which focuses on the more depressing, sad, serious, grotesque and morbid topics in life such as death and physical violence can be treated as dark or black humor.
The study conducted by a research team of the Medical University of Vienna looked at 156 people at the average age of 33. They were given 12 cartoons of dark and twisted nature and were asked to rate them both on their level of comprehension and enjoyment.
The team also tested the participants for both verbal and non-verbal IQ, as well as their aggression levels, mood, and their educational background.
Based on the results, the team managed to divide the participants into 3 distinct groups:
Group one had the highest level of appreciation for dark and twisted humor. Their comprehension and verbal and non-verbal IQ results were generally better than the rest of the participants and they were generally better educated. These people scored low on bad moods and aggression.
Group two enjoyed the dark humor the least of the three groups. While they scored moderately well on comprehension, their IQ results were average and they exhibited high levels of negative moods and aggression.
Group three had a moderate comprehension and appreciation for the comics. They showed an average level of intelligence but were generally found to be experiencing positive moods and scored much lower on aggression levels.
As author Christian Jarrett writes in an article for The British Psychological Society Research Digest, “this fits with past research showing that sense of humor correlates with IQ but refutes the somewhat commonly-held belief that people who like black humor tend to be grumpy and perhaps a little prone to sadism.”
Apparently, to be able to enjoy dark humor, you need plenty of good mood accompanied by superior intelligence. So, enjoy every moment of those sick twisted jokes, because they’re indeed not intended for everyone’s IQ.
And now for the jokes. Here are a few dark jokes that will definitely make your day if you love black humor! Tell us in the comments if you liked them!
A man walks into a rooftop bar and takes a seat next to another guy. “What are you drinking?” he asks the guy.
“Magic beer,” he says.
“Oh, yeah? What’s so magical about it?”
Then he shows him: He swigs some beer, dives off the roof, flies around the building, then finally returns to his seat with a triumphant smile.
“Amazing!” the man says. “Lemme try some of that!” The man grabs the beer. He downs it, leaps off the roof —and plummets 15 stories to the ground.
The bartender shakes his head. “You know, you’re a real jerk when you’re drunk, Superman.”
“‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I apologize’ mean the same thing. Except at a funeral.” —Demetri Martin
Q: What has four legs and one arm?
A: A happy pit bull.
“Cats have nine lives. Makes them ideal for experimentation.” —Jimmy Carr
Q: Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?
A: Because they taste funny.
“I have a vest. If I had my arms cut off, it would be a jacket.” —Mitch Hedberg
Q: What did Kermit the frog say at Jim Henson’s funeral?
“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” —Steven Wright