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Old February 2nd, 2016, 05:30 AM   #21
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OK, so what is the oldest known English joke (from circa 10th century)?
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:18 AM   #22
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Hello Tim. As you may know, mediaeval was my area in graduate school. I actually researched jokes and one of the oldest is this.

Q: What is round, hard and purple, and if a girl plays with it it will squirt in her eye?

A: An onion.

Those chaps had a bizarre sense of humour.

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Old February 3rd, 2016, 05:57 AM   #23
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Hi Lynn,

That's similar to a joke I once told my 'best' friend at school when we about fourteen. [So yes, Tim, circa 10th century.] She clearly didn't get it, because some time later we were doing some charity work with our youth club and she told the same joke to our curate! When his face turned purple and she realised her mistake, she said, quick as a flash: "Caroline told me that one". My face then turned crimson.

The joke?

Q: What's long, red and hairy and goes in tarts?

A: Rhubarb.

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CANUTE : You see, even though I am the King, the waves will not obey me. Now let that be a lesson to you.

COURTIER : Hang on a mo....the tide's started to go out.

CANUTE : I don't belieeeeeve it!
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COURTIER: You sure your name is Cnut?

(Caroline told me that one)
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COURTIER: You sure your name is Cnut?

(Caroline told me that one)
"Are you questioning the word of the Knig?'
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 10:41 AM   #27
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Apparently, Cuddly Ken's character, Cupid Stunt, came about because Auntie Beeb wouldn't allow him to use his original idea: Mary Hinge.

The mind boggles why the BBC approved of the new name, while deeming the old one too offensive for delicate ears.

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Hello Caroline. Thanks. Good one.

I was a bit surprised to see the mediaevals so ribald; but, in retrospect, I needn't have been.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...flummoxed.html

You don't need the doors clue - if you see a vehicle on the far side of the road in the UK, it can only be going to your right.
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Good answers, all, but this is what I ran across. It is at least in the same vein, although who knows if it is really the 'oldest' joke.
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