..."That was an excellent sermon, but it was not original." The preacher was taken aback. The man said he had a book at home containing every word the preacher used. The next day, the man brought the preacher a dictionary.
...one owned the ox, the other owned the cow and the other owned the wagon's load.
The owner of the ox refused to get water because he feared his ox would be eaten by a lion; the owner of the cow refused because he thought his cow might wander off into the desert; the owner of the wagon refused because he feared his load would be stolen.
So they all went.
In their absence the ox made love to the cow which gave birth to a calf which ate the wagon's load.
Problem: Who owns the calf?
-from 1200 BC, Sumeria
23. Something which has never occurred since time immemorial...
They asked a flaxen-haired urchin standing near the house if it "drawed well," whereupon the aforementioned urchin gave them the stinging retort: "Yes, it draws all the attention of all the damned fools that pass this road."
-from the 1870s
27. He: "I am a millionaire. Haven't I got money enough for both of us?'"