Yesterday was National Tell A Joke Day –
Did anyone ever figure out why the chicken crossed the road? We’ve found the answer. From the 1847 issue of a New York City magazine, The Knickerbocker comes the joke:
‘Why does a chicken cross the street?’ Are you ‘out of town?’ Do you ‘give it up?’ Well, then: ‘Because it wants to get on the other side!’
This joke is funny because it’s an example of anti-humor, straightforward, and just a solution to the riddle. Many others have changed the answer portion of the question to create a more entertaining joke.