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    In this case, the man being Jewish isn't necessary to the joke.  If I was telling the joke, I'd make the first guy from Ohio State, the second guy from the University of Michigan, and the "smart" guy from Michigan State University.  In my telling, being a Michigan State grad, my guy gets to be the hero.  But making him Jewish seems to imply an underhandedness and deceit.  The stereotype of Jews being smarter than Christians just doesn't exist in humor.  For example, imagine if it was told as a blonde joke -- the first person is a redhead, the second a brunette, and the "winner" the blonde.  That wouldn't make sense in joke-world.

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    by cartwrightdale on Tue Jun 02, 2009 at 09:04:12 PM PDT

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