The best jokes don’t have to be funny, just so long as they take forever to reach their punchline.
Sometimes the best ones have long, drawn-out set-ups, all for an eminently unsatisfying pay-off, and that’s what makes them so great.
We’ve all got our favourite shaggy dog stories, some of which will take hours to reach their conclusion, but what about the ones that take years.
Things like this set-up…
Which had its pay-off a full five years later.
However, that’s nothing compared to the 14-year wait one gamer had before figuring out the punchline to a cruel joke.
It all relates to The Bard’s Tale, a game released for the PlayStation 2 all the way back in 2004.
Twitter user @alejansolo has had the game for some time, and was going through his things when he decided – for whatever reason – to read the writing on the front of the game disc.
We get it; when you’ve just bought the game, you’re not going to waste time reading the small print when you can just chuck it into the machine and go.
After all the credits, it carries the message: ‘For A Really Disturbing Image… Flip Disc Over’.
Obviously the disc is reflective, so it’s a joke about the user’s face being a disturbing image, and alejansolo fell for it hook, line and sinker.
It makes sense for him to have only discovered the game now, seeing as it’s exactly the kind of joke a 14-year-old would make.
“Disturbing images, eh? Well I’ve got a disturbing image for you… YOUR FACE!”
If that doesn’t sound like every 14-year-old you’ve ever met, you’re a liar.