Here is some collected information about Joke of the Day (JOTD) that will
help you understand and enjoy the list and this site. JOTD was started in
October, 1996 and has been growing ever since. Thanks in advance for your
support and encouragement.
This is an overview of what Joke of the Day considers humor to
be. Please take time to read it, as these principles govern the material
you'll read on the list and in these pages.
Here are twelve common myths about The Internet and e-mail messaging.
They're included here to help you avoid perpetuating or succumbing to them.
Thinking of unsubscribing? Here are several reasons you might
Joke of the Day Frequently Asked Questions
|What is Joke of the Day?|
JOTD is a (mostly) daily e-mail message containing humorous
anecdotes, stories, puns, and sundry tales that are either submitted by subscribers or
pulled from my files. All the material is "squeaky clean" and just the kind of
stories you'd tell to your grandmother or your children. As one subscriber put it,
"Clean jokes are always the best--chances are that nobody has already heard
|How Do You Get On The List?|
Someone usually recommends the list to you. If you're a subscriber then that's probably what happened. Submissions for
new subscribers are always welcome--but remember that some people (for obscure reasons)
are adverse to receiving humor via e-mail--so please know the people you recommend!
If you've been forwarded a JOTD message from someone you know,
please feel free and subscribe yourself. This can be done automatically by sending a
If you are "Topica" user (meaning that you subscribe to other lists
supported by "Topica," which includes JOTD), you may visit their site
and sign-up online by pressing the button below:
|Why Do I Expend So Much Energy On Something Like
That's probably a half-hour conversation, but basically there are
numerous "Joke Of The Day"-type services but none that takes the
"slant" we take. Since the inception of the service I've had a few rude
comments, some snide remarks, many positive comments and a few genuinely touching stories
that make it all worthwhile and make the few folks that, for reasons I'll never
understand, can't endure any kind of humor bearable. The positive/negative comments run
about 10-1 to the positive.
|How Many People Read The Messages?|
That's impossible to tell. In addition to the people that are
direct recipients there is more than one "redistributor" that forwards the
messages to their own lists. There are several thousand in any event. I've had my
own stories sent back to me months later from the most unlikely places (you can tell a
JOTD-originated story because the phrasing and word-order used are uncommon). There are
far fewer contributors than subscribers (as with any list). Roughly 2%-3% of the direct
list contributes, which is typical.
|How Do I Get Off the List?|
I can't imagine why anyone would want to, but to leave
the list send a message to:
|How do I contribute? |
Your messages are always welcome to: . Send
material that you enjoy--we're always anxious to receive it. Remember that many good tales
have already been used and that there is usually a message backlog. I try and use all
submissions that are consistent with the format.
|Please DON'T send the following:|
- Clearly off-color stories.
- Supposedly funny attachments, programs, or the like.
- Chain mails, tag-you're-it emails, snowball fights or similar
- Warnings about the latest computer or e-mail virus that is about
to destroy life as we know it.
- Messages that claim a donation will be made to some worthy cause
or someone will win a prize if so many e-mail messages are received within a set time
period--or whatever the latest scam might be (and by far the majority of these ARE scams).
- Anything that you know to be copyrighted. For example, the jokes
and routines of a professional comic or a cartoon or comic strip are probably copyrighted
and I can't use them.
|Is there a commercial side to JOTD?|
I have never sold or given your email address to anyone nor will
I do so. If you start getting SPAMmed after you start receiving JOTD it's a coincidence.
Mailing List Use
I have never sold, rented, lent, or given your e-mail address to anyone
for any purpose, nor will
I do so. If you start getting SPAMmed after you start receiving DW's Joke
of the Day, it's a coincidence.
Occasional advertising messages from DW's Joke of the Day,
its suppliers, or affiliates may appear in the messages. Clearly you are
under to obligation to use any services promoted through the messages, but I do
strongly encourage you to take advantage of any products or services that meet
your needs, especially those recommended by DW's Joke of the Day.
|Special Note To AOL Subscribers|
In AOL Land, there is a way to "block" e-mail from all but
addresses the recipient specifically designates as acceptable. I presume this is
owing to the amount of SPAM some AOL accounts receive. Most of the time,
however, folks activating this feature forget about JOTD and the messages
"bounce." Since the account is now "blocked" there is no way
to advise the account holder as to what is happening, so the address is deleted.
The point is please remember to "allow" JOTD messages if you're
about to "block" your AOL account. I wouldn't take up your time, but
this is the second biggest reason AOL folks fall off the list.
"Life is infinitely stranger than anything
which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things
which are really merely commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that
window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs and
peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the
planning, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through
generations and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction
with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), English
author. Sherlock Holmes to Watson,
in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "A
Case of Identity" (1892)