Irish humor is a mysterious thing if one was not born and bred in Ireland. An Irishman can tell a joke in one sentence, with a straight face, to another Irishman who appreciates the joke without cracking a smile. Some would call this dry humor. Other times an Irishman may tell an elaborate story, usually set in a pub, and all will laugh heartily. Irish humor is hard to define but we'll do our best to offer examples. Should one meet an Irishman, you may find their favorite way to tell a joke is to tell a white lie to see if you believe it. There are several phrases to describe this type of teasing but one should never mistake the twinkle of the Irishman's eye.