According to modern psychology why is the answer to the joke "Why did the chicken cross the road?" "To get the the other side." Funny?
According to the relief theory, what are we relieved about?
Could it be that the question invokes a feeling of stress when we don't know the answer? Do we fear that we shall have to expend a lot of energy in trying to work out the solution? Is it stressful having a question put to us which we can't answer? (Just like starting a new job where we don't know what we're doing?)
Or does the stress come from the fear that we will look stupid for being unknowledgeable about the answer to the question?
Why are we then relieved by the answer? Is it because we are relieved that we don't have to expend new energy storing new information because we the information is already so obvious? (But this might not make sense as we do tend store jokes.) But we do not have to alter any of our existing information.
Or does the relief come from finding out that the questioner does not have superior knowledege to ourselves. And we laugh at how idiotic this person is. Like shadenfrauder.
Or... is the laugh a submissive behaviour that we acknowledge that we have been fooled by a greater wit and intelligence?
What is the modern take on this?