An Abderite sees a eunuch talking with a woman and asks him if she's his wife. The guy responds that a eunuch is unable to have a wife. "Ah, so she's your daughter? "
A collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD has now been published in an online book
, featuring former Bullseye presenter and comic Jim Bowen presenting them to a modern audience.
Some jokes are likely to baffle modern audiences, however - especially the ones about lettuce, which only make sense if you share the ancient superstition that the vegetable is an aphrodisiac.
Lettuce: Cool, crunchy, some of it peppery, malleable to the tongue, and pulled from the earth it's roots probably with easy access to the depths of hell. Whats not sexy about that?
Well Lettuce Ladies ain't sexy that's for sure.
Aw, dude, WHY?!
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