Humor published in 1911 newspaper: “My husband amuses me,” said the hostess, “by the excuses he has for being detained downtown of evenings. Sometimes I can almost hear his brain working out an excuse as he tiptoes up the stairs.”
“My husband,” said the guest, “is different. He is a very systematic man, and some time ago he wrote out a list of various excuses and numbered them. Now when he comes in, he just calls up the stairs, No. #4 or No. #20 or whatever the number may be.”
More 1911 Humor
Homer: Do you have trouble with your automobile?
Elijah: Trouble! I couldn’t have more if I were married to the blamed machine.
(Ed Note: The researchers were mixed in their feelings about whether these jokes were funny or not...I guess it depends on who you are...)