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Imagination is not restricted by time or space. The same can be said about memes. While today’s actualities will always get the most focus due to their relevance, there’s nothing stopping the meme time machine from going to the future - or to the past.

On this occasion, one Imgur user takes us on a journey back to somewhere between the years 476 and 1453. While the memes they made technically weren’t made in the Middle Ages, they certainly feel like they could’ve been, and their comedy is priceless. Scroll down to check them out!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not to be weird thats a mostly fair argument except the eggs are unfertilized so we are essentially eating a chicken's period- help me i know too many farmers😭

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These hilarious memes were shared by an Imgur user known as JebidiahBeetus. This person is a seasoned community member who has been sharing quality content since 2015. In that time, they have racked up over 2.1 million internet points and many Imgur trophies.

This person’s content is strictly oriented at memes, and most of their posts don’t go unnoticed. One of their best-received recent posts is titled “Meme dump 393: Knight Time,” and, as you probably know by now, it’s all about the Middle Ages. Since it was posted around two weeks ago, it has been viewed over 45,000 times, and, if we had to guess, at least as many times, it has received laughs too.

Humor has accompanied humans for the longest time and has been used throughout most, if not all, of our history. It played a role in shaping lives even in seemingly dreary times like the Middle Ages, building communities and making people’s days a little bit brighter.

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According to the Smithsonian, even what we now know as standup comedy, which may seem like a relatively new thing, might actually be quite a bit older than it appears. At least, that’s what newly discovered evidence points to.

The article tells us of medieval performers and entertainers called minstrels, with the first people of this profession appearing around the 12th century. While their activities also included juggling, acrobatics, and music playing, they were best known for their storytelling. However, until now, there has been little information on what their performances were actually about.

Recently, a medieval comedy routine has been discovered in the manuscript of a tutor known as Richard Heege, which gives us a nice good glimpse into the world of live comedy of the Middle Ages. The papers had already been acquired quite some time ago. However, their studies were primarily focused on the artifact’s significance and physical characteristics, missing some of the other “treasures” they were “guarding.” 

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Written inside the manuscript is a wide variety of comedic acts like satirical anecdotes of heavy drinking virtues and absurd tales about battles that never really happened. The quality of this material was certainly high, too, as, besides being actually funny, it featured rhetorically sophisticated stories and superb poetry.

Discovering such a thing is a true rarity, as many minstrels were usually illiterate and probably didn’t see many financial benefits from preserving their acts. Instead, they passed down their jokes through oral tradition. But on occasion, which appears to be the case here, the material was just too demanding to memorize and recite by heart, so putting it down on paper was necessary.

This content discovered in Richard Heege’s manuscript was not originally written by him, as the man likely copied it from a minstrel’s repertoire book when he worked as a tutor for a family somewhere in Derbyshire. However, this fact doesn’t make the discovery any less significant.

Finding these good similarities between us and our predecessors and realizing where the things we know now came from is always interesting and exciting. After all, we’re not so different, even if modern technologies might make us seem so. And if you need proof, the comedy in the form of these memes is exactly it.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People always think they would be in the noble classes in the past, when in actuality aristocrats were a tiny minority of the population. Then again, they’re probably also the kind of people who think they’re the reincarnation of someone famous, and not some average man or woman—-or possibly a cow—-living an average life long ago. Noone, including famous people, can be reincarnated as thousands of people in one lifetime. They can only be reincarnated as one person per lifetime, so most of those who think they’re someone like (for example) Genghis Khan reincarnated are most likely one of his victims reincarnated, or weren’t cycling through a life at that time at all.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Trade offer: Your body becomes open to the public, but you are exempt from taxes. Do you accept??

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Behold. This is the field in which I grow my f&*ks. Lay thine eyes upon it, and thou shalt see that it is barren.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

»Heck, what did I tell you about summoning the pspsps demon‽‽‽«

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The face kinda reminds me of the prince from the Princess Bride? Prince Humperdinck? Idk.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ever notice that guys like this are the same ones being dismembered by demons in other pictures.. funny that.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can confirm. Now if you will excuse me, I need to pick up my Blades Sword. Alduin is approaching!!!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not good as a "pick up artist". But I'm still gong to suggest to you wannabes that if you want to woo a woman, do not start with telling her she is TRYING to look good. Just a thought. That is all.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wouldn't those be flipped around? Unless she's a vampire and secretly wrote that song a century before it was released.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s because it’s other people’s blood, not his. So physically he’s fine. He’s just not ready to talk about the rest of it, where he’s not fine at all, quite yet.

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