I get it, and it’s hilarious! I literally laughed out loud. I’m totally adding that to my repertoire.
And now, allow me to kill the joke by explaining it: Many jokes (if not most) produce humor by way of an unexpected twist. And often, this unexpected twist relies on the hearer accepting a ridiculous premise. For example:
Ridiculous premise:[SPOILER]On the top of a tall building in a large city, there was a bar. In this bar, a man was drinking heavily. He would ask the bartender for a tequila shot, then walk out to the balcony and jump off. Minutes later he would appear in the elevator and repeat the whole process.
This one guy watched this happen a number of times until curiosity got the better of him.
Finally he went up to the man and asked, “Hey, you keep drinking, then jumping off the balcony. And yet, minutes later, you’re back again. How do you do it?”
“Well,” said the other man, “the shot of tequila provides buoyancy such that when I get near the ground, I slow down and land gently. It’s lot of fun. You should try it.”
The guy, who was also quite drunk, thought to himself, “Hey, why not?”
So he goes out to the balcony, jumps off, and seconds later he has splatted straight onto the ground, stone dead.
[/SPOILER]Unexpected twist:The bartender looks over to the other guy and says, "Superman, you can be a complete asshole when you are drunk."So, rather than simply following the “ridiculous premise/unexpected twist” pattern, your wife’s joke uses that pattern as the entire premise:
This sets up the hearer to expect some “unexpected” twist, perhaps a play on words about “getting high”, or a comparison between bad airline food (or long lines or complicated security measures) and some unpleasant aspect of her life. In short, the hearer is expecting a typical joke.
But here comes the truly unexpected twist:
She gives a straight answer! That’s the joke! It sounds like a joke setup, but there’s no “jokey” answer.
Here are some similar jokes that you might find a little funnier:
Q: What’s brown and sticky?
Q: What’s about a foot long, and slippery?
A: A slipper.And one of my favorites:
So there are these two race horses, a big horse and a little horse. They love to race, but the big horse always beats the little horse, and taunts him mercilessly.
Chagrined by his constant defeat, the little horse decides that he’s going to win no matter what, so he starts working out, lifting weights, and beating his personal best on the track. He and the big horse race again, and for the first quarter of the race, he’s beating the big horse, but then the big horse runs past him and stays ahead for the rest of the race. At the end, he calls out, “Nice try, loser!”
The little horse feels more determined than ever now, and he starts practicing even harder than before. They race again. For the first half of the race the little horse is winning but then the big horse runs by him and stays ahead for the rest of the race, just laughing his head off.
There is nothing the little horse won’t do to win now. He’s going to beat the big horse if it kills him. They race again. For three quarters of the race, the little horse is winning, but the big horse passes him by in the last quarter, shouting “Yo mama” jokes over his shoulder at the little horse.
So the big horse is walking back to the stable and this dog walks up to him and says “Big horse, how come you always let the little horse win for a while, but then pass him by?”
The big horse jumps back in surprise and says “Holy shit! A talking dog!” ETA: And how could I forget this classic limerick!:
There once was a young man from Crewe
Who went in a rowboat to row
A girl in a skiff
Put an oar in his eye
And now he has to wear glasses.
And cmyk, all the jokes in your link are killing me.