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Entry from January 15, 2017
“What’s the worst thing about ancient history class?"/"The teachers tend to Babylon.”

"Babylon” sounds like “babble on.” “Yah, they do tend to Babylon” was posted to the newsgroup rec.humor on December 19, 1989.

“Ancient orators tended to Babylon” was posted on the website Pun of the Day in February 1998. “What’s the worst thing about ancient history class? The teachers tend to Babylon” was posted by Bad Dad Jokes on Twitter on October 28, 2014.

The “Babylon” pun has been printed on several images.


Google Groups: rec.humor
A few silly people stories
Terry Van Belle
12/19/89
>>]+<]]]One man's Mede is another man's Persian.
>>]+<]]Are you Shah?

>>]+]]Sultanly!

>>]+]Oh boy, I can’t Sheikh the feeling we have another thread started here!
>>]+Ayatollah you so!

>>]Iran away when I read that pun, but after I was able to mullah it
>>]over, it didn’t seem so bad.
>>Euphrates punsters are going too far?  Iraq my brain looking for a new
>>one, but khomeini can there be?
>Are you Syria’s? Mustafa been Allah two-hundred last time I czech’ed.

Yah, they do tend to Babylon.

Pun of the Day
Current Positions for February 1998
Vote for your favorite pun and see if it gets to number one!
1. Ancient orators tended to Babylon.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 6/15/01
Stan Kegel
6/16/01
(...)
Ancient orators tended to Babylon. (Pun of the Day)

Twitter
Robert Popoff
‏@Rob_Popoff
Ancient orators tended to Babylon
10:33 PM - 1 Apr 2009

10 June 2011, Herald Sun with Chapel Hill Herald (Durham, NC), “Crime and pun-ishment: There oughta be a law,” pg. A1:
A staff psychiatrist from UNC Neuroscience was called into Hamilton Hall to observe the behavior of a professor of Middle Eastern history and language. He determined there was no problem, saying “Ancient orators tend to Babylon.”

Twitter
Caleb Ginger
‏@Gingstagram
Ancient orators tend to Babylon
8:58 PM - 16 Aug 2011

BuzzFeed
How Punny Are You, Actually?
So you think you’re tons of pun? GEICO has a good list you should probably check.

posted on Apr. 29, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
(...)
43 Ancient orators tend to Babylon.

Twitter
✨ acid witch ✨
‏@phoxxi_
Why is it super annoying to talk to ancient historians?
Because they tend to Babylon. 🌚
11:21 PM - 22 Oct 2014

Twitter
Bad Dad Jokes
‏@baddadjokes
What’s the worst thing about ancient history class?
The teachers tend to Babylon.
4:57 AM - 28 Oct 2014

Reddit—My Subreddits
What’s the worst thing about Ancient History class? (self.funny)
submitted December 12, 2015 by kippybob
The teachers tend to Babylon

List25
25 Stupidly Funny Puns That Will Have You Rolling Your Eyes
POSTED BY SAMEEN ON JANUARY 7, 2016
(...)
25 What’s the worst thing about ancient orators?
They tend to Babylon

Twitter
Jeffrey McClain
‏@eyedoc59
@ZackBurns The worst part of Ancient History class is the teacher tends to Babylon. #punday
8:02 AM - 19 Feb 2016

Odyssey
At South Alabama
15 Puns to Get You Through a Rough Day

Oct 25, 2016
(...)
6. What’s the worst thing about ancient orators?
They tend to Babylon.

Twitter
Shit Jokes
‏@ShitJokes
What’s the worst thing about ancient history class?
The teachers tend to Babylon.
3:51 PM - 13 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Sunday, January 15, 2017 • Permalink