Your Mom Is So Old the Babylonians Made Fun of Her

Colin Patrick

Some things are just purely human, it would appear. Researchers examining the engravings on a series of 3,500-year-old lost Babylonian tablets recently posted their findings, and what they found were basically jokes about sex, comments mocking politicians, talk about beer, and a confusing (and incomplete) attempt to make fun of another person’s mother.

The jokes themselves don't make a lot of sense to modern day readers. For example:

Question: The deflowered girl did not become pregnant. The undeflowered girl became pregnant. What is it? Answer: Auxiliary forces.


Then again, a lot of modern jokes don’t make much more sense or elicit much laughter either. See, things really don’t change.

Check out the rest of the sidesplitting Babylonian’s open mic joke list at Discover Magazine.