Really old joke
Is ancient humor still funny? Judge for yourself. Here is a typical joke from an ancient Greek joke-book, number 9 in the so-called “Philogelos” or “Laughter-Lover:”
Wishing to teach his donkey not to eat, a pedant did not offer himThis reminds me of another joke:
any food. When the donkey died of hunger, he said “I’ve had a great
loss. Just when he had learned not to eat, he died.”
A scientist was interested in studying how far bullfrogs can jump. He brought a bullfrog into his laboratory, set it down, and commanded, ‘Jump, frog, jump!’
The frog jumped.
The scientist measured the distance, then noted in his journal, ‘Frog with four legs jumped six feet.’
Then he cut the frog’s front legs off and ordered, ‘Jump, frog, jump!’
The frog struggled and jumped.
The scientist noted in his journal, ‘Frog with two legs jumped two feet.’
Next, the scientist cut off the frog’s back legs. Once more, he shouted, ‘Jump, frog, jump!’
The frog just lay there.
‘Jump, frog, jump!’ the scientist repeated.
The scientist noted in his journal, ‘Frog with no legs is deaf.’