4 Lame Jokes You Start Telling as Soon as You Become a Dad

So a few months ago, I became a dad for the first time (I had already been an aunt for several years by that point). And within days of this momentous event, I began detecting a new welling of activity in my head. No, it wasn't love, nor was it empathy, nor even simple exhaustion. What was happening was effectively the birth of a new organ, the sudden development of the special and unique part of the brain responsible for the formation of Dad Jokes.

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It appeared between the Anterior Chuckle Cortex and the Quippocampus.

Bad, bad jokes started pouring forth from me almost immediately, and if you'll permit me to head off a couple comments before they get posted, yes, these were much worse than my regular jokes. But they were great fun for me, and I took delight in tormenting all around me with my newfound gifts. Soon after, using the list-making abilities I've honed these many years, I began noticing patterns in the jokes, common trends that kept reappearing. So here, then, for your reading and my listing enjoyment, are the four types of Dad Joke.

#4. The Beginner Joke

The first type of Dad Joke isn't really much different from what you might find if you browsed around in the kids' section of your local bookstore for titles like 101 Animal Puns or 101 More Animal Puns.

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Or if you spend a lot of your time hanging around playgrounds.

You're familiar with these. They're basically the first jokes kids learn, simple jokes with clear setups and punchlines, most of which heavily feature puns. Jokes like:

What do prisoners use to call each other?

What has four legs but can't walk?
A table!

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Also, a dead horse.

Why did the cow cross the road?
To get to the udder side!

What's brown and sticky?
A stick!

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Also, a dead horse.

Irritation Ability: 2

There's nothing uniquely "dad" about any of these jokes; they're the same jokes that kids and other morons use. But dads have to spend a lot of time around kids and other morons, which means that these jokes, which are easy to memorize, quick to deliver, and simple enough for kids to get, are a staple of a dad's comedic inventory. Anything that can get a kid to laugh, temporarily halting the high-pitched wailing that seems to be their natural state, is a valuable thing indeed.

#3. The Gross Joke

A special category of the beginner joke is the gross beginner joke. These are prewritten jokes, as described above, that dads typically read elsewhere and memorize, to be launched at their children at a later date. But gross jokes have the value-added effect of making children feel really uncomfortable, which is something all dads cherish doing.

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"Six hours to go, kids! Just long enough to explain my thoughts about puberty."

By referring to sex, sexiness, and rude things that moms the world over have done to dads, dads can deploy the gross joke to obtain the very valuable and rare Double-Chuckle: amusement first at the joke itself, and then at the discomfort of their children. Jokes like:

Son, did you hear the one about having sex while camping? It's fucking in tents.

Impotence is nature's way of saying "No hard feelings."

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"I'm 5, Dad. Jesus."

It's not a snowman without snowballs, son.

I tried phone sex once, but the hole on the bottom of my phone was too small.

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"Jesus, Dad."

Irritation Ability: 4

For the children themselves, gross jokes can stray dangerously close to actually being funny. Seriously. Imagine some guy trying to plow the headphone jack of his phone.

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What a maroon!

But for all their potential to actually make someone laugh, hearing subject matter of this nature come from your dad is all the types of awkward at once. We have deep-rooted genetic instincts for not thinking of our family members in sexual terms, which makes listening to two hours of your dad making ball jokes an intensely distressing experience.

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