The Philgelos or "Laughter-lover" is probably the oldest compilation of jokes in existence; it contains some 265 jokes. It is said that the famous Monty Python Parrot sketch has its origins in a joke told in the Philogelos.
1) Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? Because there were so many knights.
2) It appears that shortest war on record was between Zanzibar and Britain in 1896. Zanzibar [now part of Tanzania] surrendered after 38 minutes.
3) What kind of lighting did Noah use for the ark? Floodlights and Ark lights
4) What English King invented the fireplace ? Alfred the Grate.
5) How was the Roman Empire cut in half? With a pair of Caesars.
6) I'm desperately trying to establish why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.
7) Last words from a general in the American Civil War, 'Nonsense. They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist……………'
8) Asked by the court barber how he wanted his hair cut, the king replied, 'In silence.' [From the Philogelos]
9) What's the difference between Joan of Arc and a canoe? One is Maid of Orleans and the other is made of wood. [The Victorians enjoyed jokes like this one]
10) Wishing to teach his donkey not to eat, a pedant did not offer him any food. When the donkey died of hunger, he said, 'I've had a great loss. Just when he had learned not to eat, he died.' - Dated to the *Philogelos 4th Century CE]