Whether done by a scholar or a hieroglyphics translator, interpreting ancient writing is a skill. Did each picture tell a story, or are multiple images actually the use of hieroglyphics in a sentence? Sometimes, they can be used for humor, like this Jewish hieroglyphics joke I stumbled upon.
Written across the wall of the cave were the following hieroglyphics symbols:
It was considered a unique find and the writings were said to be at least 3000 years old!
The piece of stone was removed, brought to the museum, and archaeologists from around the world came to study the ancient symbols.
They held a huge meeting after months of conferences to discuss the meaning of the markings.
The President of the society pointed to the first drawing and said:
“This is a woman. We can see these people held women in high esteem.
You can also tell they were intelligent, as the next symbol is a donkey, so they were smart enough to have animals help them till the soil.
The next drawing is a shovel, which means they had tools to help them.”
Even further proof of their high intelligence is the fish which means that if a famine hit the earth and food didn’t grow, they seek food from the sea.
The last symbol appears to be the Star of David which means they were evidently Hebrews.
The audience applauded enthusiastically.
Then a little old Jewish man stood up in the back of the room and said,
“Idiots…Hebrew is read from right to left… It says: ‘Holy Mackerel, Dig The Ass On That Chick”
(I hope you enjoyed this holy mackerel joke and took it in the light-hearted humorous manner in which it was intended. If there really are Jewish hieroglyphics out there, these are not them. The research reported in Science News suggests that the oldest alphabet is a form of Hebrew that originated from Egyptian hieroglyphics.)
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