"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Friday, November 14, 2008

"Take my wife, please!"

Apparently old jokes are the best jokes. A Greek scholar has unearthed a collection of 256 jokes from ancient Greece and some of them sound awfully familiar. Like this one.

It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service.

His companion replies: "When he was with me, he never did any such thing!"

The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD.

Sound familiar? Well Monty Python fans will recognize it as a version of the infamous Dead Parrot sketch.

But this one is my favorite. It's so Henny Youngman / Rodney Dangerfield.
"A man tells a well-known wit: 'I had your wife, without paying a penny'. The husband replies: "It's my duty as a husband to couple with such a monstrosity. What made you do it?"
(Insert Laugh-track Here!)

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