For the past few weeks I have been reading Mark Twain's book, The Innocents Abroad. In 1867, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) took a voyage and visited places in Europe, Greece and the Middle East. His tale of the foreign cities and peoples and cultures is fascinating, and made more enjoyable by his sense of humor.
One of the gambits he and his traveling companions enjoyed was baiting the hired guides. No matter what ancient statue or artifact they were shown, they asked if it were by Michelangelo. "No, this was made 2,000 years before Michelangelo was born!"
When they were shown a mummy, they asked if he was dead. "Of course he's dead, he's been dead for 3,000 years!" What's his name? "I don't know his name, what does it matter??" (or words to that effect).
When shown an ancient manuscript penned by Christopher Columbus, they feigned disinterest, and criticized his handwriting. Their guide quickly concluded that they were lunatics. I was laughing like a fool as I read these passages, loudly and boisterously -- over a text written 147 years ago!
The Innocents Abroad is a long book, and worth your time.