Q: There is a man stranded in the middle of a desert with no resources nowhere to go, no one to ask for help. All he has with him is a water bottle with a small ping pong ball inside. How does he get the ping pong ball out?
A: He pees in the water bottle.
The informant first heard this at his work, where his coworkers like to tell each other jokes during their break times. He was 42 when he first heard it, and retold it to his family that night. The informant asked his family the question. They came up with a variety of answers from “stomp on the bottle until it cracks, then rip it open,” to “suck it out with his mouth.” However, none of these were the right answer. When he finally told the answer to his family, they all groaned but then laughed for almost half an hour after because it was so original and pervertedly funny. The joke was a great way to end the family dinner before they all had to return to their work, be it school homework, or things around the house to finish. The joke had worked to bring the family a little bit closer together.
A joke like this would be inappropriate anywhere unless the people participating in the joke either knew each other or were in an atmosphere where talking about “peeing” would be appropriate. However, it is a great tension breaker and would most likely cause a few chuckles at the least. I think the informant retold this joke because he thought it was funny and that other people might enjoy it as he did when he first heard it. He enjoys bringing laughter and happiness into others’ lives. The American obsession with perverted ideas is an underlying idea in this joke as well, as with private things like going to the bathroom. Normally people don’t want to talk about things like that because it is uncomfortable, but jokes allow people to talk about these things without feeling awkward.