You might need some linguistics or English lit background to understand this one, but just a tiny bit of it. Let us help you look smart (that’s what we’re here for, after all): A hyperbole is a rhetorical exaggeration.
For example, we might be feeling a bit tired today, but if we wanted to use hyperbole, we’d say “OMG this is the most exhausted we’ve been in like, a decade.” Here, the hyperbole stormed into the bar and ruined it entirely, but saying that it ruined it entirely is the hyperbole itself. It probably just broke a glass or something.
Can You Repeat That?
We're aware this doesn't sound funny (like, at all) on the first read, but just wait until we thoroughly explain the punchline to you! Benoit B. Mandelbrot (OMG, even typing this guy's name is strictly for smart people) was the one to discover fractal geometry.
In short, this type of geometry deals with shapes made out of neverending similar patterns inside itself. This is why, in the current joke, the "B" in "Benoit B. Mandelbrot" stands for… yep, Benoit B. Mandelbrot. Believe da hype.
Spelling Bee Humor
This just barely made it into the smart people jokes list, since all it requires is some basic spelling skills and a pinch of common sense. The first error in this sentence is the added E in the word "three."
The second one is the missing R in the words "errors." And the third one? Oh, the third one is the fact that there isn't a third one. Yep, this sentence doesn't actually have three errors in it – it has two.
How Do You Say 'Snobbery' in French?
Here's a smart people joke that requires channeling your inner linguist, snob, or both. So, here's the underlying logic behind the "Pretentious? Moi?" thing: speaking French when you're anything other than a French native speaker and/or are currently in actual France is, well, pretentious.
Therefore, using the French term for "me" while asking if one is pretentious is rather ironic. And it's the funny kind of ironic. So, feel free to laugh now!
One Side of the Same Strip
This is the smart-people-take on the well-known "why did the chicken" joke, and in order to get it, you'll need some math knowledge.
Let us help you with that: In math, the Mobius strip is a two-dimensional shape with one side only. So naturally, if the chicken in this joke crosses the Mobius strip, it would only end up getting to the same side.