|I may be turning into the foolish gentleman of jest lore, but sometimes I wish more early modern jokes came with an explanation. To wit: anyone care to explain Bull #216 from the fine 1636 collection mentioned by Greenwit, A. S., Gent., The Booke of Bulls, Baited with two Centuries of bold Jests, and nimble-Lies (STC 4941.5)?|
One refusing to eat Chees-cakes, was askt his reason, hee told the[m] he lov'd the flesh well, but was afraid of the bones.Bones+flesh=cheesecake?
Bull #216 happens to be included in Richard Brome's The New Academy, as is Bull #217: "One asking whence Lobsters were brought, his fellow repli'd, one might easily know their countrey by their coat, they are fetcht surely from the Red Sea." I assume you, like me, get this one, but it now seems churlish not to add, "Because the shells of lobsters are red."