National Tell an Old Joke Day

“The older we get, the earlier it gets late.”

Oh, this was supposed to be an old joke, rather than a joke about growing older. Well, be they witticism, proverbs, or riddles, jokes have existed as long as mankind.

One from Ancient Greece, around 400-300 BC has been attributed to Hierocles.
“Asked by the court barber how he wanted his hair cut, the king replied, ‘In silence.’”

Thru music, art, theatre, and jokes, humans have shared taboos and rebellion for thousands of years.

Another old gem hails from Ancient Greece, around 800 BC. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” — written 2,800+ years ago — Odysseus indulges in some dark humor.

“Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his real name is ‘Nobody.’ When Odysseus instructs his men to attack the Cyclops, the Cyclops shouts: ‘Help, Nobody is attacking me!’ No one comes to help.”

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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