Friday, November 14, 2008

Ancient Greek humor pre-empted Monty Python

Ancient Greeks pre-empted Dead Parrot sketch
The 1,600-year-old work entitled "Philogelos: The Laugh Addict," one of the world's oldest joke books, features a joke in which a man complains that a slave he has just bought has died, its publisher said on Friday.

"By the gods," answers the slave's seller, "when he was with me, he never did any such thing!"

Those ancient greeks, such kidders. Seriously though, no refunds.

Lately, I've been enjoying some of Lucian's plays and the one about the sale of creeds is hilarious.

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