Saturday, August 02, 2008

Worlds Oldest Recorded Jokes 1900 B.C.

THE world’s oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humour was as popular with the ancients as it is today. It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” It heads the world’s oldest top 10 joke list published by the University of Wolverhampton today. The oldest British joke dates back to the 10th century and reveals the bawdy face of the Anglo-Saxons - “What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before? Answer: A key.” “What they all share however, is a willingness to deal with taboos and a degree of rebellion. Modern puns, Essex girl jokes and toilet humour can all be traced back to the very earliest jokes identified in this research.”

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