Saturday, August 02, 2008

Oldest Joke Traced To 1900 BC

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest recorded joke has been traced
back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor 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."

What this proves beyond all argument is that the ancient Sumerians could have used a writer.

While the fart reference may be disappointing to some, it's not surprising to me. There's nothing quite as funny as flatulence. To this day, nothing breaks up a room like breaking wind.

Am I wrong?

No. I am not.

God invented the noise that accompanies passing gas, just like He colored leaves in the fall. There's no practical reason for that sound other than it's makes us (and our ancient ancestors) laugh. And isn't that reason enough?

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