One of the earliest examples of bar jokes is Sumerian (c. 4500–1900 BC), and it features a dog: "A dog walked into a tavern and said, 'I can't see a thing. I'll open this one'." The humor of it is probably related to the Sumer way of life and has been lost, but the words remain.

@cadadr reminds me of one I saw earlier today:

"A door walks into a library and asks can I have a door knob please?

Librarian: *whispers* this is a library

Door: *whispers back* oh sorry, can I have a pint of bananas please?"

a riff on that idea, bar humor 

a bitch walked into a bar blind drunk. she grabbed the first thing to hand and attempted to drink my dick!!

@cadadr It would be nice to find the original Sumerian reference - the Wikipedia reference looks like it's to a popular reference. I see someone on Reddit suggests it could just be a bad translation and might have gone more like "A dog walks into a bar and says 'I can't see a thing. Ah, I'll open one of my eyes.'" ( )

@emacsomancer Guess you mean this comment

You know what, "göz-üm gör-m-üyor-Ø = EYE-my SEE-not-ing-3sg = 'I can't see'" is a productive construction in Turkish, my grandparents, who're from Urfa of all places, used it a lot. What if that was an areal feature from 5kya :blobcatthonkang:​ ;P

@cadadr An interesting possibility. Though I wonder how frequently similar constructions might just arise independently. (It's not impossible in English, but it sounds very poetic: "My eyes cannot see, my ears cannot hear.")
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