It's an old joke, but maybe a bad one. You read and decide.
Was Thomas Alden the instigator? (via The Chive)
The thing that most impresses me about this 'prank' is that a bunch of pre-pubescent boys organized it. I wouldn't trust most kids to put their laundry away, but these guys all submitted their quotes, connecting them from one to the other in perfect order just to tell one of the longest, dumbest jokes ever. Or I thought it was dumb. So dumb I laughed. How about YOUUUU?
The first picture above reads (all spelling and grammar errors belong solely to the pre-teens):
A man walks into a bar and pauses. At the other end of the bar there's this guy with a big orange head, just kind of sitting there, staring into his drink. So the man asks the bartender..."Can I have some pork scratching's, please?" And then he adds, "Say, what's up with the guy with the big orange head?" And the bartender says.... (See George Childs)
Here we go:
(See Tom Alden) "It's an interesting story. Buy him a drink and maybe he'll tell it to you." So the man walks over and offers to buy a round. The guy with the big orange head says, "Yeah, I'll bet you want to know the story, huh? To which the man replies, "Sure, if you don't mind." (See Ross Triggol)
(Start at Thomas Alden)...The man with the big orange head sighs and says, "You know, I've gone over it in my mind a million times. Basically, it's like this: I was walking along the beach one day, when I stubbed my toe on something. I looked down, and there was an antique brass lamp shaped perfectly like Bill Nighy's face [Editor's note: leave Bill Nighy out of this!!!]...(See Brad Smith)
(Start at Thomas Alden)...I picked it up and dusted it off. Suddenly, in a huge cloud of navy blue smoke, a genie erupted from the lamp. Dressed in a park blue jacket, black square framed glasses, with his hair tied in a bun, the genie boomed; "Thank you for releasing me from my 10,000 year imprisonment, as a reward I will grant you two wishes..." (See Oliver Maynard)
(start at Tom Alden) The man at the bar is agape. The guy with the big orange head continues: "So I said, wow, okay. Well, my first wish is to be fantastically wealthy." "The genie says, 'Your wish is granted.' And all of a sudden I have rings on my fingers and a crown on my head, and a big medallion around my neck...(see Jeremy Mantingh)
(Start at thomas Alden) The man can't believe what he's hearing. "What was your last wish?" He asks. The man with the big orange head pauses and sips his beer. He says, "Now, you know, this may be where I went wrong..." (See Sam Thomas)
(Start at Thomas Alden) I wished for a big orange head.
Ba-dum-tss! He wished for a big orange head, folks. Get it?! Now...did you laugh?
Like I said, it's an old joke. There's even this cute animated version of it, which clarifies that the man's head is an actual orange. A 'big orange head' can mean other things. I was imagining something like self-tanner-gone-wrong-plus-bee-stings before.
Please note that this video is titled "best anti-joke of all time," which might explain everything.