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July 1, 2021

International Joke Day!

 Today is

International Joke Day!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Water who?
Water you asking so many questions for, just open up!

A joke by definition is a display of humor in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and are not to be taken seriously.
Jokes come in a variety of styles, themes, and subjects.
Riddles, knock knock, Yo momma, wit-wordplay, what do you call a... , the blonde, the rabbi, satire, puns, why did the chicken cross the road...
There probably is a joke about everything! From corny to raunchy, there is some type of humor for everyone.

Want to hear the oldest "Yo Momma" joke? (Ancient Rome, between 63BC to 14AD)
"The Emporer Augustus was touring the Empire, when he noticed a man in the crowd who bore a striking resemblance to himself.
"Intrigued he asked: Was your mother at one time in service at the palace?'
"No your Highness,' he replied, 'but my father was.'"
Ouch! Burn!

Have you ever wondered how jokes got started? Who was the first to have a sense of humor?
Historic researchers have dated the earliest written joke back to 2300B.C., during the Old Babylonian period. 
The joke goes, "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Y'all men have been telling fart jokes and cracking on their wives since 2300B.C.!
Guys, you weren't funny back then, and you still aren't! (usually) Ha!

The oldest joke book dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD.
Philogelos (Greek for love of laughter), is a collection of 265 jokes. The book is not attributed to a single writer, but many.
You know the phrase, that's the oldest joke in the book?
Well, it's not THE oldest joke, but one of the top 10 oldest jokes actually is
"An intellectual came to check in on a friend who was ill. When the man's wife said that he had departed, the intellectual replied: 'when he arrives back, tell him that I stopped by.'"
and it's in the book!

During the 15th century, the printing revolution spread across Europe following the development of a movable type printing press. Printers turned out "jestbooks" along with Bibles to meet both lowbrow and highbrow interests of the people.

Did you know jokes are good for your health?
It's true.
Laughter really is the best medicine!
Laughing is a natural stress relief. Laughter can lighten your mental stress, but it also causes physical changes.

Some short term results are:
1. stimulating your organs by intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles
2. Releases endorphins
3. Activates and relieve your stress response helps regulate your heart rate
4. Soothe tension. laughter stimulates circulation and aid muscle relaxation

Long term effects:
1.Improve your immune system. Positive thoughts can release neuropeptides that help fight stress.
2. Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
3. Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations
4. Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illness. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

There you have it! The history and benefits of jokes!
If you're looking for new material or just to brush up on some old ones, check out a couple of these joke books.

What is your sense of humor "type"?
Corny, witty, dry?
I'm definitely a corny joke type. Although I can handle a good "adult" joke at appropriate times.
What is your favorite joke?
Be sure to comment and share with us. 
Have a Happy International Joke Day! Make someone laugh!
I will leave you with this one.
"What do you call a three-humped camel?"
Not the best, I know. Send me a better one!

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