The world’s oldest recorded joke

The world’s oldest recorded joke was told 4,600 years ago to Pharoh Snefru by the magician Djadjamankh

“But then a solid candidate for the title of first recorded jest, the ur-gag, emerged. “Found: the oldest joke in the world,” read the headline in the Sunday Times of London on June 29, 1997. Inscribed on a roll of papyrus, the hoary jape could be translated as a riddle: “How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish.””


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