The University of Wolverhampton has published a list of the world's oldest jokes, and they do not disappoint. Number three comes from ancient Britain:
"What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key."
Hilarious! It's funny because it's true.
Number three is an Egyptian corker:
"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."
Outrageous! Oh, those silly pharohs. They love the ladies.
But the oldest recorded joke is head and shoulders above the rest. From ancient Sumeria:
"Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Oh, MAN. That slays me. It works on so many levels- women, laps, matrimony, flatulence...it's like they read my mind and new everything I wanted. Thank you, ancient Sumeria, for teaching us to life again. Particularly since modern-day Sumeria - aka Iraq-has a terrible sense of humor.