(Yes, this is another Friday stupid thread, adding it to the title would just make it too long)
I have always wondered where jokes come from. They have a certain characteristic to them that would make the most prolific viral marketer cry in shame. It is amazing the speed with which they appear after a certain event. Likewise, their universality is amazing - the jokes seem to be the same no matter where you go in the world, especially the ethincal ones. Sure, the French might make fun of the Belgians, the Brazilians might make fun of the Portuguese, etc. but in essence they are the same jokes. However, no-one seems to have ever actually met anyone who has created a joke - they always seem to have heard it from someone else.
So, who is responsible for this whole thing? Is it all a conspiracy? Is there an international joke-making syndicate who gathers together to make jokes to test their worldwide distribution networks and keep them in order, for when the word comes from the Mothership it is time to embark? Is it just one funny guy with a lot of friends, and if so how does he feel when he goes to another country and hears that joke retold to him by someone he never met? Did jokes evolved or is there some sort of "Satiric Design" theory that states all jokes were once cracked thousands of years ago and all we are seeing now is the uses humanity makes of them? Are jokes even created or do they just appear out of spontaneous generation?
What say you?