Dear Laughter Lovers,
As Professor Mary Beard informed us last week, the world’s oldest joke book, the Philogelos, has been around for thousands of years. And it’s even been online for a few years. But not until last week was it possible to bring the power of Internet crowdsourcing to evaluate those jokes. Not all of them, of course. Just the ten best that I, by the power vested in me as the guy who writes this newsletter, selected.
—From the Desk of Bob Mankoff