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    Ancient Greeks pre-empted Dead Parrot sketch

    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.

    The 1,600-year-old work entitled "Philogelos: The Laugh Addict," one of the world's oldest joke books, features a joke in which a man complains that a slave he has just bought has died, its publisher said Friday.
    "By the gods," answers the slave's seller, "when he was with me, he never did any such thing!"

    In a British comedy act Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, first aired in 1969 and regularly voted one of the funniest ever, the pet-shop owner says the parrot, a "Norwegian Blue," is not dead, just "resting" or "pining for the fjords."

    The English-language book will appeal to those who swear that the old jokes are the best ones. Many of its 265 gags will seem strikingly familiar, suggesting that sex, dimwits, nagging wives and flatulence have raised laughs for centuries.

    More of the ancient jokes at the link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081114/...t7TcmDeX2s0NUE


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    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Thanks for posting that. My son and I love Monty Python and he'll be interested to know that their parrot sketch wasn't original. Amazing. I never really thought about humor in ancient times. I guess it wasn't much different than ours now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    Thanks for posting that. My son and I love Monty Python and he'll be interested to know that their parrot sketch wasn't original. Amazing. I never really thought about humor in ancient times. I guess it wasn't much different than ours now.
    "The slave has ceased to be!"


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    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV)

    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    You don't see many MP fans. Glad to see a couple on here.



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