>The World’s Second Oldest Joke

>The world’s second oldest joke is an Egyptian joke about King Snofru. Here is the joke:

“How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish.”

The world’s oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC. It is a Sumerian joke.

To read the world’s oldest recorded joke, click here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary


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2 Responses to >The World’s Second Oldest Joke

  1. Eric Rowe says:

    >I have to admit, I’m surprised to learn that we actually know what the Sumerian word for “fart” was.


  2. >Eric,I do not know Sumerian there are some words that convet the same message in any language.Claude Mariottini


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