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A joke by comedian Tim Vine about a vacuum cleaner has been voted the funniest at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He won with the one-liner: “I decided to sell my Hoover… well it was just collecting dust.” Vine, 47, saw his joke scoop almost a fifth of the votes in the competition run by comedy television channel, Dave. It is the first time the award has been presented to a previous winner. Vine also won in 2010 with the joke: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

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