Megan Garber via The Atlantic:
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In the ruins of Pompeii, among crumbling walls charred, centuries ago, by the heat of Vesuvius, archaeologists found the remnants of ancient graffiti. Here are some of the age-old etches that beckon us, lyrically, from past:
“Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates.”
“Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here.”
“I screwed the barmaid.”
One suspects the messages might have read a tad differently in the original Latin—rare is the graffiti artist who prefaces his commentary with “please”—but you get the idea: The scatological, the stuff of defecation and hairy privates, has an extremely long, if not an extremely proud, history. It’s turds all the way down, basically, and that’s especially true when it comes to humor. Approximately 65 percent of Shakespeare’s poetry features phallic puns.