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Sometimes history class has a reputation for being too serious (or boring). Many students associate it with a vicious cycle of note-taking and test-taking.

If you’re looking for a way to liven things up and bring laughter into the classroom, here are 25 history jokes for kids and students you may be able to incorporate into your lesson plans.

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25 History Jokes, Puns for students and kids

These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but what is a good lesson without a few puns?

War Jokes

Yes, war is a serious topic. But who says you can’t bring some levity into your classroom discussions?

  • What was the most popular dance in 1776? Indepen-dance. (Source: History Jokes for Kids – Fun Kids Jokes)
  • Why was WWI so quick? Because they were Russian. Why was WW2 so slow? Because they were Stalin. (Source: History Jokes – Reader’s Digest)
  • Three Americans who died in battle: a World War I soldier, a World War II soldier, and a Civil War soldier are waiting to get into heaven. Since there seems to be a massive line of people ahead of them, they decide to start chatting amongst themselves.

The WWI soldier says, “So, I was in the trenches, fighting an evil German overlord with crazy facial hair!”

The WWII soldier says, “Well, *I* was on Omaha Beach fightin’ another evil German overlord with ridiculous facial hair!”

And then the Civil War soldier says, “Well, the guy I was fighting, he had some German ancestry I guess, and the ridiculous hair wasn’t exactly on his face; you know what, lemme just show you his account on Twitter.” (Source: Civil War Jokes – UpJoke.com)

History Teacher Jokes

It never hurts to poke a little bit of fun at yourself sometimes.

  • Two Classical Studies lecturers are walking through the history department. As they pass one office, they hear a group of Medievalists discussing the syllabi for their classes in the coming semester. One classicist turns to the other, rolling his eyes, and mutters, “Journalists.” (Source: reddit)
  • What do history teachers talk about on dates? The good old days. (Source: History Teacher Dates Joke – Juicy Quotes)
  • My teacher reminds me of history. She’s always repeating herself! (Source: Funny History Jokes – Funny Jokes)

History Jokes that Poke Fun at Royalty

When it comes to finding a good laugh, sometimes royal historical figures have made themselves easy targets.

Funny Jokes with Historical Figures

Sometimes the people that make history also make it funny.

  • July 4th, 1776

British: just saying you’re independent doesn’t make it true

Thomas Jefferson: I didn’t say it. I declared it. (Source: Pinterest)

  • Can I tell you where Napoleon Bonaparte comes from? Of Corsican! (Source: Imgur)
  • What explorer was the best at Hide and Seeking? Marco Polo (Source: Unijokes)
  • Who invented King Arthur’s round table? Sir Circumference! (Source: Funny History Jokes – Funny Jokes)
  • When in doubt, ask yourself “What would Nero do?” Kill everyone. (Source: Pinterest)

When History Jokes Meet Popular Music

Maybe your students just need to know that your love of history does not negate your love of good tunes.

  • “I got 95 problems and the catholic churches sale of indulgences are all of them” – Luther at some point probably (Source: electrified-harmonious – tumblr)
  • I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she did move to California in 1849 (Source: Pinterest)

Bad History Jokes

For when you need a joke that is so bad, it’s good.

Thomas Jefferson: I really want this land, but it’s very expensive and there’s no use for it.

James Madison: Treat yo’ self. (Source: Pinterest)

Do you have any other history zingers to add to the collection?