Going Viral: The Original Joe Miller’s Joke Book Has Been Unearthed – Is It Still Funny?

Any comedian worth their salt has heard the one about Joe Miller’s Joke Book. It’s an apocryphal tale, in which a stage actor named Joe Miller, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, compiled the first book of 12 jokes (then called “jests”) and it became his lasting legacy.

From ancient times, the number 12 has been considered a mark of portent and import. There are 12 months in the year, 12 signs of the Zodiac and 12 musical notes in the scale. And, let’s not forget that bagels taste better by the dozen. So, naturally, Joe Miller thought 12 jokes were all that were needed to entertain any gathering, small or large, and to leave a witty mark for posterity.

Accidental Discoveries: When Smart Inventors Make Dumb Mistakes

Most successful inventors will agree that many mistakes are made in the lab, garage or at the kitchen table before a new product comes to market. But, sometimes, those blunders end up with something even better: The Accidental Discovery. Here’s a list of some of the most famous, profitable and useful accidental discoveries of all time. Like Thomas Edison himself once said, “Success is 99% failure.” Actually, I made that up. But it sounds much better coming from him…