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February 3, 2016

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C.


Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap.”
Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor. - - The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 3, 2016 5:29 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Well is she had she would have discovered instant wood, of the petrified variety!

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2016 5:42 PM

This joke lost something in the translation.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 4, 2016 3:59 AM

Must be the Summerian farts.


Posted by: John M [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 4, 2016 9:49 AM

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