Experts from the University of Wolverhampton have discovered a few years ago the oldest joke in the world, where 4,000 years ago the humor in Sumerians laughed.
This joke was, at the top of the list of the ten oldest jokes that the University announced in 2008, and it shows that some things when it comes to humor, have not changed over the past millennium.
Dr. Paul McDonald, an expert of the University, he headed the team that conducted the first research on this interesting topic. He and his colleagues have two months thoroughly analyze the old texts in order to find the oldest jokes known to science.
“This study showed that the jokes vary as the years passed, but some consist of questions and contract, while others are wise proverbs or riddles,” said Dr. McDonald. “However, they all have in common is that they show a willingness to deal with taboos and show rebellion. Modern puns, jokes from Essex and girls ‘lavatory humor’ have their roots in the earliest jokes that we found in this study. “
The Sumerians were fans’ bathroom humor, “concluded experts, at least judging by the joke that was found on the printed plate around 2000 BC. It is a joke to read as follows:
(1) “What ever happened to the creation of the world? The young woman never let the wind in her husband’s lap. “
This joke on the list follows the one from 1600 BC, which refers to the Egyptian Pharaoh, and experts believe that it is a Snefruu, the first Pharaoh of the fourth dynasty, who ruled for a thousand years earlier. It reads:
(2) “How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You let a ship full of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and the pharaoh to go fishing. “
Then follows another Egyptian joke, which dates from 1100 BC.
(3) “A woman blind in one eye has been married to a man 20 years old. When he found another woman he said to her: ‘Devorsed of you because you’re blind in one eye. She replied: ‘Have you discovered this after 20 years of marriage?’ “
Joking that follows this list at the University of Wolverhampton, wrote Homer in the Odyssey.
(4) “Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his real name is Niko. When Odysseus ordered his men to attack the Cyclops, they said: ‘Help me, Niko me (not) attacks. No one comes to help. “
Next joke was found in Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex”, from 429 BC, and certainly you are familiar with.
Experts from the University of Wolverhampton have discovered a few years ago the oldest joke in the world, where 4,000 years ago the Sumerians laughed.
(5) “Question: What animal walks on all fours in the morning, two at noon and three at evening? Answer: The man. “
Something newer than it is in Egypt joke created between 304 and 30 BC by the following:
(6) “The man has an even stronger desire to mate than a donkey – the wallet is what prevents it.”
The following joke in this list refers to Octavian Augustus, who lived between 63 BC and 14 AD.
(7) “August was traveling through the Empire and noticed a man in the crowd who was startling resemblance to him. Intrigued, the Emperor signed him: ‘Did your mother used to work in the palace?’ ‘No, Your Majesty,’ he said, ‘but my father was.’ ‘
Then follows the joke was found in “Filogelos”, the oldest collection of jokes, resulting in the transition from the fourth to the fifth century AD.
(8) “Wishing to teach his donkey not to eat, a cheapskate did not give him food. When the donkey died of hunger, prissy said: ‘What a waste. Just when he had learned not to eat, he died. ”
Next on the list was a humor from the approximate period, also from “Filogelos”.
(9) “When the barber asked him how he wants to make the hairstyle, the king replied:” In silence. “
The oldest known joke arose in today’s UK dates from the tenth century and is probably the oldest “greasy” joke currently known.
(10) “What hangs at the man’s thigh and wants to lateral hole that is often poked? Key.”