Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes

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A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into bar. 'What is this', the barman says, 'some kind of joke?' As he laughs his way though the history of jokes, Jim Holt discovers that most of those we trade are actually hundreds of years old: Palamedes, a Greek hero of the Trojan War, is credited with inventing the joke (before being stoned to death) and it was Philip the Great of Macedon in the 4th century BC who paid to have the first joke book compiled. In describing how they've changed over time (one of the funniest things to ...

Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes 2013, Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York

ISBN-13: 9780871407207

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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes 2008, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY

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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes 2008, W. W. Norton & Company

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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes 2008, Profile Books Ltd, London

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