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The Coolest People in Books: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: While in France, William Donaldson bought a pornographic novel and started reading it in public, first taking the precaution of... More > putting a different book jacket on the novel. The book jacket was for a compilation of essays against the A-bomb, including essays by Bertrand Russell, Philip Toynbee, and other intellectuals. Peter Ustinov happened to be walking by, and seeing the book jacket, he asked Mr. Donaldson if he could look at the book. Mr. Donaldson readily gave him permission and handed the book to him. Mr. Ustinov read one filthy paragraph, and then looked at the book jacket. Then he read another filthy paragraph and again looked at the book jacket. Finally, speechless for once in his life, he handed the book to Mr. Donaldson and exited.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 6: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: On September 24, 1974, the daughter of actors Michael Williams and Judi Dench was born. She was named Tara Cressida... More > Frances, but everyone called her Finty. Because Finty’s parents were Shakespearean actors, she learned quotations from Shakespeare as a tiny tot. One parent would say, “I’ll put a girdle around the earth …,” and Finty would finish the quotation: “in 40 minutes.” If a parent asked her what King Lear says, Finty would answer, “Never, never—FIVE times!” In a Nativity play, Finty played the innkeeper’s wife, and when she was asked what the play was about, she replied, “It’s about this inn-keeper’s wife, of course.” When Finty was 11 years old, she told a friend that a play her mother was appearing in was “without doubt the most boring play I’ve ever seen in the whole of my life.”< Less
Reality is Fabulous: 250 Anecdotes and Stories By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Harry “Steamboat” Johnson was a flamboyant minor-league umpire who wrote and published an autobiography, "Standing the... More > Gaff." Before games, boys would sell copies of the book to fans in the grandstand. Often, the fans would become angry at Steamboat and throw copies of his book at him. No problem. He simply gathered up the copies of his book and sold them again at the next game.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 5: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about family, friends, and the funny things that happen in real life, including this anecdote: Quaker humorist Tom Mullen has an older brother named... More > Frank, who lives in New York City. During strikes by the people who collect the garbage, Frank has discovered a creative way to get rid of his garbage. He gift wraps it, then leaves it out in plain view. Someone always comes along and steals it.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 4: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about friends and family, including this anecdote: When Ohio University student Kate Krushinski was in middle school, she had a German teacher whose... More > last name was “Ball.” Of course, in middle school many students call their male teachers “Mister” and address them by their last name. However, the German word for “Mister” is “Herr,” and the German teacher made his students address him by his first name because he did not want them to call him “Herr Ball.”< Less
The Most Interesting People in Sports By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about sports, including this one: Some boys playing baseball in a park once saw Babe Ruth stopped at a red light, and they requested, “Come on,... More > let us see you hit a few.” Babe parked his car and spent 30 minutes hitting easy fly balls so the boys could catch them—and he hit a few that traveled a very long distance. Babe was generous with money, too. One day during spring training, rain resulted in the cancellation of a game, so he went to a racetrack, where he won $9,000. In Babe’s day, players were not paid during spring training, so most of his teammates were broke. Babe went back to the clubhouse, threw the $9,000 on top of an equipment trunk, and said, “Well, boys, look what I found.”< Less
The Most Interesting People in Movies By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book includes 250 anecdotes about movies, including this one: When she was a little girl, actress Samantha Morton attended drama club with other little kids. For one lesson, she... More > was supposed to improvise a scene with another little girl. The two girls stood in front of the group, and the drama teacher whispered to little Samantha the theme of the improvisation: “The other girl’s stolen your hamster.” Samantha responded by improvising in her own way. She says, “I beat the crap out of this girl, and they didn’t ask me back.”< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 1 By David Bruce
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The doing of good deeds is important. As a free person, you can choose to live your life as a good person or as a bad person. To be a good person, do good deeds. To be a bad person, do bad deeds. If... More > you do good deeds, you will become good. If you do bad deeds, you will become bad. To become the person you want to be, act as if you already are that kind of person. Each of us chooses what kind of person we will become. To become a hero, do the things a hero does. To become a coward, do the things a coward does. The opportunity to take action to become the kind of person you want to be is yours. This book collects 250 stories of good deeds from the arts, from religion, and from life.< Less
The Funniest People in Books and Music: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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“The Funniest People in Books and Music” contains such anecdotes as these: 1) When Peg Bracken started writing, she would often type the first page of a famous short story for... More > inspiration. Often, she discovered that the page did not look as impressive typed on a sheet of paper as it did printed on a page in a book, so sometimes she would imitate her English professor and write on the sheet of paper: “You can do better than this, Mr. Faulkner.” 2) In 1950, André Previn played jazz in Baltimore with a couple of American-African musicians. Afterward, he went into a diner, where a couple of white men asked him, “Why the hell don’t you play with your own kind?” Mr. Previn replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I wanted to, but I couldn’t find two other Jews that swing.”< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 5 By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contain 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: When Paul Dver was a high-school student, he met comedian Soupy Sales, became friends with him, and even... More > occasionally talked to him on the telephone. Paul would tell his fellow high-school students that he was friends with Soupy Sales, and of course they didn’t believe him. One day, Paul asked Soupy for a favor. Paul and a friend were appearing in a play, and Paul asked Soupy to record an advertisement for them because if it were recorded in Soupy’s voice the local radio station would play it. Soupy did more than just record the advertisement as written. He threw in some ad-libs and made it funny. Of course, Paul’s high-school friends were amazed to hear Soupy’s voice on the radio advertising Paul and his friend’s play.< Less