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Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Doc
Date: November 14, 2008 10:21PM
[www.telegraph.co.uk]

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Dead Parrot sketch is 1,600 years old

A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece that is some 1,600 years old.

A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave.

It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service.

His companion replies: "When he was with me, he never did any such thing!"

The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD.

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Jokes about wives, it seems, have always been fair game.

One joke goes: "A man tells a well-known wit: 'I had your wife, without paying a penny'. The husband replies: "It's my duty as a husband to couple with such a monstrosity. What made you do it?"
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: November 14, 2008 11:21PM
That just goes to show that it's all been done before.



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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 14, 2008 11:22PM
no, it shows that classics are timeless...
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: blooz
Date: November 14, 2008 11:38PM
"The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD."

That word "addict" seems much newer than 1,600 years. Maybe a translation of an ancient term to a "sort of" similar contemporary meaning.

Anyone out there know if the ancients actually had a word or expression which describes what we call an "addict?"



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 15, 2008 12:00AM
...Greek word mania which means addiction to and excessive obsession with...



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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: November 15, 2008 12:32AM
Yo momma's so fat she went to the Parthenon and sat next to everyone.
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 15, 2008 01:35AM
POMTL, Mike!




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

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by believing all possible evil of evil men.

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And hope is a lousy defense.

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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 15, 2008 06:42AM
That would be:

Your family matriarch is of such girth, that she would accompany all spectators at a forum.
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: raz
Date: November 15, 2008 08:30AM
Why did the Spartan cross the Thermoplyaen Pass?



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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Doc
Date: November 15, 2008 08:44AM
A: He was stapled to a Persian!
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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: raz
Date: November 15, 2008 10:49AM
good



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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: November 15, 2008 11:41AM
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sekker
no, it shows that classics are timeless...
No, it shows that it's been done before.



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Re: Monty Python is More of a Classic Than You Might Think...
Posted by: Monster
Date: November 15, 2008 03:30PM
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The Taoist Zhuangzi said, "Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone".
The sociologist, and historian, Adam Ferguson described the phenomenon of spontaneous order in society as the "result of human action, but not the execution of any human design".
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