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The Greeks said it first--

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annis
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The Greeks said it first--

Post by annis » Mon November 17th, 2008, 12:05 am

In the odd spot corner, evidence that Monty Python's famous "dead parrot" sketch was prempted by the ancient Greeks.

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.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4763698a4560.html

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Post by Margaret » Mon November 17th, 2008, 5:07 am

I love it! How do we know the Pythons didn't read Philogelos and pinch his joke?
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Post by annis » Mon November 17th, 2008, 5:19 am

Yes, i wouldn't put anything past those Pythons!
I guess it shows how universal good humour is :)

"The Pythons' Autobiography" makes a good read- don't know if you've come across it?

And for anyone who doesn't know the Dead Parrot sketch, here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218
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Post by Volgadon » Mon November 17th, 2008, 11:36 am

I wouldn't be at all surprised if they did read it.

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