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Ancient 3,500-year-old joke book unearthed

Posted on Sunday, 29 January, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A newly translated tablet from ancient Mesopotamia has provided a unique look at early humour.

The 'joke book' includes a number of riddles and jokes that while difficult to interpret today would have been considered highly amusing at the time. Some of the jokes in the book for which the answer is missing are so obscure that their true meaning may never be fully understood.

"Few riddles in the Akkadian language survive. It was commonly used by the ancient Babylonians and other civilisations around the area of present-day Iraq."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Robbie333 on 28 January, 2012, 19:22
Germans translating a joke-book? It'll take another 3,500yrs. LOL, LOL
Comment icon #4 Posted by 747400 on 29 January, 2012, 9:26
it seems "yo momma" was the height of wit in those days too. "'... of your mother, is by the one who has intercourse with her. Who is it?'
Comment icon #5 Posted by Englishgent on 29 January, 2012, 9:41
it seems "yo momma" was the height of wit in those days too. "'... of your mother, is by the one who has intercourse with her. Who is it?' Is that verbal intercourse?
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs on 29 January, 2012, 13:55
Comment icon #7 Posted by xxdarkstar79 on 29 January, 2012, 20:31
and then !!
Comment icon #8 Posted by AbsurdistMe on 29 January, 2012, 21:01
and then !! lol
Comment icon #9 Posted by General Kenobi on 30 January, 2012, 13:13
Hmmm. Some of those jokes were written by Don Rickles...
Comment icon #10 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 30 January, 2012, 13:22
Germans translating a joke-book? It'll take another 3,500yrs. You better be careful. They might send Funnybot over to get you.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chooky88 on 30 January, 2012, 14:49
The ultimate "grand dad joke" book :-)
Comment icon #12 Posted by 747400 on 30 January, 2012, 15:43
I suppose a joke from Biblical times might be: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the LORD was about to Smite it.

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