While potty humor is not the most respected form of comedy out there, it is one of the most enduring. Maybe a love of a good dirty joke is a sign of creativity, because it turns out there are plenty of historical figures who were into bathroom humor. Yes, influential artists, politicians, and public figures had the same sense of humor as a 10-year-old boy. Mozart pretty much could not keep the word "poop" out of his mouth, but he's in good company. People from Bartók to Geoffrey Chaucer to Thomas More were fascinated by scatological humor and jokes.
This list of historical figures who had dirty mouths won't be in any history textbook, but honestly maybe it should.
Geoffrey Chaucer published The Canterbury Tales in 1478. This collection of stories, written in Middle English, has become one of the most important pieces of Western literature. Incidentally, a lot of the stories were very, very dirty. Perhaps the most inappropriate story, "The Miller's Tale," tells of an old carpenter who becomes a "cuckold" to his 18-year-old wife after she begins an affair with a young boarder in the home. The story features repeated mention of women's genitalia, farting in a churchman's face, and a lot of sex.
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Saint Thomas More, a canonized martyr of the Catholic Church, was an incredibly devout and intelligent man who went from being King Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor to being executed by the very same king. Though he was a pious man, he was not above a little dirty language when it came to Martin Luther, the German Protestant who was a serious threat to the Catholic Church. In a response to Luther's religious views, More wrote Responsio ad Lutherum. In it More called Luther a "sh*t-pool," a liar, and a threatened to throw all the "muck and shit which your damnable rottenness has vomited up" back into Luther's mouth.see more on Thomas More
Martin Luther was a German theologist and monk who became a leader of the Protestant Reformation in Europe after nailing his Ninety-Five Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg. The founder of Lutheranism, he is one of the most influential theologists of the Western world, but he could not possibly have had a dirtier mouth. Some of his finer quotes include "I am ripe shit, so is the world a great wide asshole; eventually we will part,” and, in response to critics, “You say, 'What comes out of our mouth must be kept!' I hear it – which mouth do you mean? The one from which the farts come? (You can keep that yourself!)”
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While Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an 18th Century classical prodigy, was probably not the only composer with an extremely immature sense of humor, his is probably the most well-documented. In fact, he composed a score for six voices entitled "Lech Mich Im Arsch," which translates to "lick my ass." He also sent extremely inappropriate letters to his family, including one wherein he told his sister that he wanted to "shit on her nose."
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