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The Ancient Greeks thought that the Cumaeans were really stupid. In fact, analysing the world’s oldest surviving joke book—the Philogelos—shows that “Cumeans are stupid” was part of what 4th-century-AD Greeks found hilarious. One joke recounts how a swimming Cumaean dove into the water to avoid getting wet in the rain. These Cumean jokes, on the other hand, are considered mild in comparison to some of the other forms of humour that the Greeks enjoyed; one entire section of the book is devoted to jokes with the punch line being death. Read full article here

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