History of jokes
Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least1900 BCE. Afart jokefromancientSumeris currentlybelieved to be the world'soldest known jokeA recent discovery of a docu-ment calledPhilogelos(TheLaughter Lover) gives us aninsight into ancient humour.Written in Greek by Hieroclesand Philagrius, it dates to the third or fourth century AD,and contains some 260 jokes. Considering humourfrom our own culture as re-cent as the 19th century is at times baffling to us today, thehumour is surprisingly famil-iar. They had differentStereo- types, theeunuch, and peo-
ple withherniasor bad breathwere favourites.
A joke is a short story orironic depiction of a situation com-municated with the intent of being humorous. These jokeswill normally have apunch-linethat will end the sen- tence to make it humorous. A joke can also be a singlephrase or statement thatemployssarcasm.Apractical jokeorprankdif-
fers from a spoken one in that the major component of the humour is physical rather than verbal (for example plac-ing salt in the sugar bowl).
Purpose of Jokes
Jokes are typically for theentertainment of friends andonlookers. The desired re-sponse is generallylaughter;when this does not happen the joke is said to have "fallenflat".However jokes have otherpurposes and functions, com-mon tocom-edy /humour /satirein gen-
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I asked my wife, Where do you want to go for our anni-versary? She said, Some-where I have never been! Itold her, How about thekitchen?How do you get four elephantsin a car?Two in the front and two inthe back.
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