Dirty Jokes of the Ancients Unearthed

Academics discover 3,000-year-old Sumerian fart joke
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 8:57 AM CDT
"Man is even more eager to copulate than a donkey," reads an Egyptian hieroglyphic from thousands of years ago."His purse is what restrains him."    ((c) Orin Optiglot)
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(Newser) – Academics studying ancient texts have discovered bawdy jokes that wouldn't be out of place in a Farrelly brothers movie, the Daily Telegraph reports. "What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before?" asks a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript. "Answer: A key.”

Researchers combing the texts of lost civilizations for humor say that the ancients laughed at much the same things people do today. The oldest surviving joke is a fart gag found on 3,000-year-old stone tablets from Babylonia: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap." (Read more joke stories.)

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