Toilet humour

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From a series of woodcuts (1545) usually referred to as the Papstspotbilder or Papstspottbilder in German or Depictions of the Papacy in English,[1] by Lucas Cranach, commissioned by Martin Luther.[2] Title: Kissing the Pope's Feet.[3] German peasants respond to a papal bull of Pope Paul III. Caption reads: "Don't frighten us Pope, with your ban, and don't be such a furious man. Otherwise we shall turn around and show you our rears."[4][5]

Toilet humour or scatological humour (compare scatology) is a type of off-colour humour dealing with defecation, urination and flatulence, and to a lesser extent vomiting and other body functions. It sees substantial crossover with sexual humour, such as dick jokes.

Toilet humour is popular among a wide range of ages,[6] but is especially popular with children and teenagers, for whom cultural taboos related to acknowledgement of waste excretion still have a degree of novelty; the humour comes from the rejection of such taboos, and is a part of modern culture.[7] Examples can also be found in earlier literature, including The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Toilet humour is also found in song and rhyme, particularly schoolboy songs. Examples of this are found in Mozart and scatology, and variants of the German folk schoolboys' song known as the Scheiße-Lied (English: "Shit-Song")[8][9] which is indexed in the German Volksliederarchiv.[10]

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  1. ^ Oberman, Heiko Augustinus (1 January 1994). "The Impact of the Reformation: Essays". Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Luther's Last Battles: Politics And Polemics 1531-46 By Mark U. Edwards, Jr. Fortress Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-8006-3735-4
  3. ^ In Latin, the title reads "Hic oscula pedibus papae figuntur"
  4. ^ "Nicht Bapst: nicht schreck uns mit deim ban, Und sey nicht so zorniger man. Wir thun sonst ein gegen wehre, Und zeigen dirs Bel vedere"
  5. ^ Mark U. Edwards, Jr., Luther's Last Battles: Politics And Polemics 1531-46 (2004), p. 199
  6. ^ For example, David Alperts (who is no spring chicken) is commonly considered this humor forms number one fan.
  7. ^ Poop Culture: How America is Shaped by its Grossest National Product by Dave Praeger ISBN 1-932595-21-X]
  8. ^ Helmut Fischer Kinderreime im Ruhrgebiet: Reime, Lieder, Spiellieder 1991 Page 121 "Scheiße auf der Kirchturmspitze Fällt demll Pastor auf die Mütze. 2. Scheiße in der Lampenschale Gibt gedämpftes Licht im Saale. 951 . Scheiße auf dem Autodach Liegt bei Hundertachtzig flach. 952
  9. ^ Profil 1994 - Volume 25 - Page 58 "Immer, wenn es besonders ausgelasse zuging, stimmten meine Mitschüler in einem katholischen Internat das „Scheiße"-Lied an: „Scheiße auf dem Autodach, eladiladijo, liegt bei 180 flach. Und wie das Amen im Gebet kam dann auch jene ..."
  10. ^ Volksliederarchiv: Scheiße

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