Sunday, November 16, 2008

The old ones are the best - even in comedy

ATHENS (Reuters) - "I'll tell you what's wrong with it. It's dead, that's what's wrong with it."

For those who believe the ancient Greeks thought of everything first, proof has been found in a 4th century AD joke book featuring an ancestor of Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch where a man returns a parrot to a shop, complaining it is dead.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Here is another Greek joke I heard years ago. After an archeology conferences all the guys get together in the bar and start to chat and swap war stories. After a few more drinks people start to get a bit boastful. One of the German archeologists starts saying that when he was excavating a 14th century castle in Bavaria they found traces of cables so proving that the Germans had phones long before anyone else.

"Bahhh!!!", starts a Greek archeologist, "Last years we were exacavating the Acropolis and guess what we found?" , "Nothing!, So that shows we had mobile long before anyone else."


abravanel said...

Όταν οι άλλοι τρώγαν βελανίδια, οι Ελοχίμ είχαν ήδη κίρρωση του ήπατος και αυτοκτονικό ιδεασμό

Various others can be found here ->

dan said...

this reuters storu was a hoax

Hi Dan,

Thanks for your feedback. The great thing about the net is we are all free to express our opinions!

No, it is not fake but it is an ebook. The hard copy on Amazon will set you back $42 will take 5 weeks to arrive, will be produced using a small tree and consume a lot of fossil fuel to get it to you. The YUDU book is multimedia which we think is very appropriate as in Ancient Greece these jokes were always performed live.....and as you no doubt realise someone them definitely needs a funny man to tell them to make them even remotely funny.

And yes....the press loved it......and so have the readers all over the world, something that would never have happened if it had remained gathering dust in the back of Amazon's warehouse.

In any case we appreciate the time you have taken to comment and hope you will come to appreciate the power of multimedia thingies (we call them multimedia books)

And as for lying...please look at our site and see the standards we set ourselves.

Kind Regards,
Daniel Duperouzel