Light bulb jokes are a dime a dozen. Which is much cheaper than light bulbs in fact. I wonder when and where they started, and at what point did it become a genre, like a knock-knock joke? If genre is the term I want.
It would seem riddle type jokes are easier to adapt and turn into a genre. Like the ‘what do you get when you cross a _____ with a _____?’ Change what fills the blanks and you get a new set-up. But you still need a good punch-line.
Riddles are the simplest formula humor there is. Unlike a math formula the answer can’t simply be worked out, nor should it be obvious if it’s to work well. With all this in mind I’ll take stab at writing a light bulb joke:
How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? One. But does the light bulb ever really change?” See: http://www.terrycolon.com/odds/odds6.html
My own attempts at light bulb riddles:
How many online activists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but it takes a million more to post: “We’re all changing in light bulbs now!”
How many evolutionists does it take to change a light bulb? None, because they’re all waiting for it to evolve into an even better, longer-lasting, light bulb.
How many 9/11 truth deniers does it take to change a light bulb? None, because the government told them al Qaeda was responsible for the darkness and now they’re all too scared to see, for themselves, whether or not this is, in fact, the case.
How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb. Two: one to screw-in a new light bulb and another to curse God, religion, and especially Christianity for the darkness.
How many white-collar workers does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one to find the janitor and another to tell him it needs to be changed.
How many Washington politicians does it take to change a light bulb? It takes 652 Washington politicians to demand an investigation into why the bulb has gone out, and one to find the janitor, who will replace it with an overpriced, eco-friendly, replacement bulb – at enormous taxpayer expense.