The Securities and Exchange Commission is best known as the no nonsense arm of U.S. financial law.
But one regional branch takes its role a little more humorously online.
Shamoil Shipchandler, regional director of the SEC's Fort Worth, Texas, office, told CNBC on Wednesday he is the one who has "tweeted hundreds of jokes" from the agency's Twitter account. On Wednesday, he tweeted that "calling someone average might be mean."
"When I became the Fort Worth director, one of the things I noticed is that we have a number of different ways to connect to the world at large. The most common way is through enforcement action announcements but we also want to be able to educate people about the tools to protect against fraud," Shipchandler told CNBC.
Appointed in August 2015, Shipchandler did not begin tweeting what many would call "dad jokes" right away. From the account's first tweet in September 2014 until April 2016, Fort Worth sent out fairly innocuous tips and announcements. And then, on April 19, 2016, the account tweeted "We're back on Twitter and better than ever. Tell all of your friends."
The next day the jokes began, with Shipchandler tweeting a link with the caption "this issue was quite literally a slippery slope" with the hashtag "lawyerhumor."
"One of the best ways to reach people is through social media but you can't bore them, or else people's eyes glaze over," Shipchandler said. "We wanted to blend humor and education."
He says the he "didn't go rogue" from the beginning, noting that the change was carefully planned after talking with the office's press team. Shipchandler says the office talked over his "theory of social media." Word of the change likely went as high as one of the SEC's five commissioners who are appointed by the president to lead the financial watchdog.
The Fort Worth account's jokes are nearly daily now, according to Shipchandler – a fact verified by CNBC's reading through all 1,840 tweets. While some tweets become more popular than others, Shipchandler picked out three of his favorites.
"No one asks a free-range chicken why it crosses the road."
"Why did Star Wars episodes 4-6 come out before 1-3? Our theory: In charge of planning, Yoda was."
Tweet: @FortWorth_SEC Why did Star Wars episodes 4-6 come out before 1-3? Our theory: In charge of planning, Yoda was.
"We don't understand why record stores failed. They had record sales every year."
As the tweets have become more popular — and more notorious — Shipchandler says he rarely does outreach or gives a speech without someone mentioning the account to him.
"One of the commissioners once called and said he was laughing about a tweet," Shipchandler said.
The account has about twice as many followers as any other SEC office, something Shipchandler credits to the jokes. He thinks other offices maintain their own personalities, saying the Boston office is a good example of one which "blends a number of things."
"I want to make people interested," Shipchandler added. "And I tend to just think about the funny stuff in advance, like over the weekend, and then go to press affairs to review before we send them out."