There's a special glee that comes from getting a really nerdy joke.
You feel both smart and dorky at the same time.
Redditors took turns sharing their own favourite intellectual jokes and we've gathered our favourites here.
From chemistry to art to music, these are the jokes you can pull out at your next dinner party — if you want to hear a bemused groan from the crowd. Time to test your knowledge, though don't worry, there's an explanation if you don't get it.
Here are 17 of the best jokes for smart people:
It's funny because: The Bechdel test is a measure of gender equality in the media. A piece of media is considered to pass the test if it includes at least two women who talk to each other about something besides men. This joke passes the test.
It's on this list because: The media is self-referential.
It's funny because: A gigabyte is a measure of data equal to 1,024 MB. As you can see, the band is only 1,023 MB — they haven't had any "gigs" yet.
It's on this list because: A lot of people probably thought one GB is a nice, round 1,000 MB.
It's funny because: Werner Heisenberg was a German physicist and one of the key figures in quantum theory.
His famous "Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle" states that we can know either where a quantum particle is or how fast it's moving, but it's impossible to know both at the same time.
It's on this list because: Heisenberg's life was amazing. Seriously.
It's funny because: C, Eb, and G are the musical notes that constitute a C minor chord.
It's on this list because: The relationship between a major chord and its relative minor is pretty cool.
It's funny because: Only a pretentious person whose daily life doesn't require French would actually say "moi" and mean it.
It's in this list because: Clocking in at two words, it's the shortest joke in the English language.
It's funny because: Processing that question through Boolean logic, "yes" is technically correct. How would you answer if the question were "Is it a boy AND a girl?"
It's on this list because: Logicians don't get enough love.
It's funny because: It's an absolute reductionist take on the real laws of thermodynamics, and the language is such that it implies life isn't worth living.
In plain terms, the laws of thermodynamics are: Energy can't be created or destroyed, things tend to move from order to disorder, and the lower the temperature drops, the more disorderly things become.
It's in this list because: It's actually an accurate take on thermodynamics.
It's funny because: You were expecting the word "problem," but the joke-teller replaced it with "precipitate," which is the solid that forms in a solution of liquid after a chemical reaction has taken place.
It's on this list because: Chemists are hard enough to understand as it is. Now you have a slight edge.
It's funny because: "Yeah" and "right" are technically affirmative words, but put these two positives together and you get an ultra-sarcastic, "Yeah, right."
It's on this list because: It's totally true.
It's funny because: This phrase, with varying versions often attributed to Winston Churchill, is a response to the famous rule in English that a sentence isn't supposed to end in a preposition. In constructing the sentence this way, the speaker is technically correct, but it's an incredibly awkward way to communicate.
It's on this list because: Language is complicated. Let's mock it.
It's funny because: Surrealism is an movement all about creating weird illogical art.
As this joke makes no sense, it is itself a surrealist work. It's on this list because: Banana.
It's funny because: Philip Glass is an American composer whose music is often described as minimalist and repetitive.
It's on this list because: You've very likely seen a few movies he scored.
It's funny because: This poor afflicted soul's dyslexia has caused him to confuse "God" with "dog." His agnosticism forces him to wrestle with "dog's" existence. And his insomnia has him losing sleep over it.
It's on this list because: You never know someone's struggle.
It's funny because: In philosophy, solipsism is the idea that the only thing you can be sure exists is your own mind.
It's on this list because: When it comes down to it, what can we really know about existence outside ourselves?
Also, we're probably living in a computer simulation.
It's funny because: In Latin, which the Romans spoke, the suffix "us" is singular, while the suffix "i" is plural. So the Roman thinks that martini implies he's ordering more than one! Silly Roman.
It's on this list because: Latin needs all the help it can get staying alive.
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