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Postby jay » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:19 pm

This is the really odd news thread . so if you see or read any really odd news post it here just for a laugh lol . so here it goes .

Flatulence joke is world's oldest

Flatulence, farce and pharaohs feature in the list of the world's oldest jokes
Breaking news about breaking wind: the world's oldest joke is a one-liner about flatulence, researchers say.

Academics have compiled a list of the most ancient gags and the oldest, harking back to 1900BC, is a Sumerian proverb from what is now southern Iraq.

"Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap," goes the joke.

Randy pharaohs, thirsty ox-drivers and barbers also feature in the list.

The oldest British joke dates back to the 10th Century, and uses the traditional question and answer format to suggestively poke fun at Anglo-Saxon men.

"What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? A key."

Pharaohs and emperors

HAVE YOUR SAY The most humourous joke will come when you least expect it
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Send us your comments"Jokes have varied over the years, with some taking the question and answer format while others are witty proverbs or riddles," said Dr Paul McDonald, who led the study by academics at the University of Wolverhampton.

"What they all share, however, is a willingness to deal with taboos and a degree of rebellion."

As today, world leaders make good foils for ancient humour, particularly Egyptian pharaohs, as shown by this 1600BC joke:

"How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? Sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile - and urge the pharaoh to go fishing."

One Roman jape dating back to the 1st Century BC details the Emperor Augustus touring his realm and coming across a man who bears a striking resemblance to himself.

Intrigued, he asks the man: "Was your mother at one time in service at the palace?"

The man replies: "No your highness, but my father was."


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Postby jay » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:18 pm

NYPD invites citizen crime images

Rights groups said the plan may also help expose any police misconduct
New Yorkers could soon be able to help fight crime by sending video or photo evidence directly to the city police department's computers.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said any mobile phone camera images of a crime scene would help an investigation.

Civil rights campaigners hope the new technology will also help expose incidents of police misconduct.

A recent video of a policeman shoving a cyclist to the ground in Times Square has had more than 1m views on YouTube.

The clip on the video-sharing website generated an online discussion about police brutality.

Commissioner Kelly said the new service would be available soon.

"It's a fact of life. Everybody has a camera in their telephones. When people can record an event taking place that helps us during an investigation," he was quoted as saying by Reuters new agency.
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Postby Wisdom000 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:41 pm

Fart jokes and ratting each other out.......... maybe thats all the human race really is good for?

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