A shaggy dog story

A shaggy dog story is a very long story or joke with a pointless ending. It derives its humour from the fact that the joke-teller held the attention of the listeners for a long time (such jokes can take five minutes or more to tell) for no reason at all, as the end resolution is essentially meaningless.

Here you can read more about the origin of the term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaggy_dog_story

And here you can read some funny shaggy dog stories: http://www.guy-sports.com/funny/shaggy_dog_stories.htm

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