Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Earliest-Known Writing Deciphered

The oldest-known cuneiform clay tablet has finally been deciphered, according to an article published in the current issue of Archaeology Bulletin.  The tablet, from the ancient city of Uruk, is more than 5000 years old, and is described by the author--Dr. C. K. Smith of Frottage University, Kansas--not only the very first written communication, but also the very first hate-mail.  Translated, it reads:

Dear Steve: OMG, you're such a dick! LOL!  I drew a picture so you would understand because I just invented writing.See, this is what you are--a giant dick. 
 May you die horribly and rot in hell,

Many scholars, however, are hesitant to accept this interpretation, and Dr. Smith acknowledged that it could be many years before a consensus is reached on the "Ester Tablet".

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