January 2, 2006

Funny or Smart



So here is the question: Would you rather be funny or smart? Let's say you would make the exact same amount of money each year (say, $63,000) and you wouldn't be famous either way, and you could either be one of the funniest 5% of people you know, or the smartest 5% of people you know. Which would you choose? I ran this by my family, and they came down overwhelmingly in favor of smart. I think the vote was about 10-4. I would choose funny, personally. I don't get much gratification out of people thinking I am smart (maybe that's because they don't?) but there is almost nothing I like better than being told I am really funny (which, unfortunately doesn't happen all that often). Anyway, I want comments. Vote. Tell me your reasons. Don't ask questions about the hypothetical.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

I vote funny too. I hate the smart aleck and what good is being smart if you aren't one?

Basic Black with Pearls said...

Stupid people are only funny in a pathetic way. Smart funny people are my faves. What a Flakey question!

Sarah said...

There you go messing with the hypothetical after all our instructions. It's not "smart funny" It's just pure funny or pure smart. You can't have both.

kelsey said...

you know my vote because i was polled earlier. i'd take funny too. laughter is the best medicine.

Ben Everton said...

Funny. I said funny. I was there when the vote was taken and I thought most people said funny.

P.S. Because I am neither smart nor funny, I am not married.
(shout out to sarah)

Molly said...

Agreed. Everyone loves to be around funny people and only smart people like being around smart people. Also being smart can be such a drag sometimes- just ask me.

Molly said...

I just thought of something else though- because funny is kind of relative- so only people who can make jokes that are smart would be considered funny by people who are smart. Like on the Simpsons- some of their jokes are really smart- and would only be appreciated by people who are smart. I'm not sure you can really separate the two.

melinda said...

I personally would rather be smart, simply because beyond personal enjoyment, you dont get much use out of funny. Smart really comes in handy.(even with those phony, unlikely income stipulations, Adam)Also, being mildly funny is good enough, say in the top 35%, but the smarter the better. The difference between the quality of life of the top 5 and 35% percent of smart people is pronounced (whereas with funny....) One more thing, living with a funny person is almost as good as being one, but living with a smart person when you're not....ooooooh, for both people.

Angela Covington said...

Trent and I vote funny . . . because we would be happy and everyone would want to be our friends. Oh, that describes us now. Go TEAM COVINGTON!!