As an Englishman, I learned that being able to laugh at oneself was the basis for British humour. However, the English find it hilarious that other nations (such as Germany) take themselves very seriously and don't understand our humour at all. The Germans (as well as certain other nationalities) that I have met find it hilarious to laugh at other people's misfortunes, this seems to be the basis for their humour. Am I wrong to generalise? Is a sense of humour the same wherever you travel?