The Oldest Joke in the Book
Evidently the oldest recorded joke is a fart joke. Some things just never go out of fashion, and body humor is one of them. What makes stuff like farting and pooping so funny?
Academics have compiled a list of the most ancient gags and the oldest, harking back to 1900BC, is a Sumerian proverb from what is now southern Iraq.
"Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap," goes the joke.
Randy pharaohs, thirsty ox-drivers and barbers also feature in the list.
"What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key."
Maybe it's the human condition: we're animals, but we aspire to great heights: eyes toward the stars, feet in the mud. I'll think about it further as I place my forearm against my mouth and blow.