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Boredom is Anti-Life: 250 Anecdotes and Stories By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) A man died, leaving behind a will that stated that in a certain closet was a sealed box. The will gave the strictest order that the box must not... More > be opened, but must be burned until it was nothing but ashes. The man’s sons and daughters carried out his wishes—only to learn that the box was filled with firecrackers. 2) Wilson Mizner was a card sharp, and he knew a lot of other gamblers who were also card sharps. Once, he brought a deck of cards consisting of all aces to a card game, and after dealing a hand from the deck, watched with amusement as all the other players attempted to get rid of their extra ace.< 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
Resist Psychic Death: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. In Bikini Kill’s early songs, vocalist Kathleen Hanna tends to repeat lines many times. She had a reason for doing this. The sound equipment they played live with was very bad,... More > and she worried that no one would understand the words, and so she repeated them over and over so that the audience would hear them. Some of the lyrics deserve to be heard over and over—for example, she repeated these lines from the song “Resist Psychic Death” over and over: “I resist with every inch and every breath / I resist this psychic death.”< Less
The Most Interesting People Who Live Life, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Jockey Julie Krone was four-foot-eleven and weighed 100 pounds, and she worried that horse trainers would think that she... More > wasn’t strong enough to handle their horses. To solve that problem, she developed a very strong handshake. One horse trainer remembers, “This cute little girl … comes up to me and squeaks, ‘Hi! I’m Julie Krone! I’m a jockey!’ and takes my hand and brings me to my knees. Well, we let her ride, and she rides like a god.”< Less
The Most Interesting People in Politics and History, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about politics and history, including this one: The Kennedy family was well known for playing touch football, a game that can sometimes be hazardous.... More > Before marrying John F. Kennedy, Jackie Bouvier played touch football with his family—and suffered a broken ankle. And when John and Jackie were finally married, the groom had scratches and bruises on his face from a touch football game he had played earlier that day.< Less
The Most Interesting People in Politics and History, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about politics and history, including this one: AIDS activist Kate Barnhart once demonstrated outside a board of education, a reporter for a Catholic... More > TV station interviewed her. The reporter asked if she used condoms, and she answered no. Hearing this, the reporter thought that this was a contradiction in Ms. Barnhart’s position, so he asked, “You mean you don’t use condoms during sex?” Ms. Barnhart explained that she doesn’t have sex. The reporter then asked, “Well, since you believe in abstinence, would you recommend that other young people do as you do?” She replied, “Sure, I would recommend that all young people spend their time out here on the streets demonstrating for AIDS education.”< Less
The Most Interesting People in Religion: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about religion, including this one: Comedian Joe E. Brown got married three times to the same woman and never got a divorce. As an impoverished... More > acrobat, he married his wife in an inexpensive civil ceremony, but promised her when they could afford it, they would get married in a fancy church wedding—which they did, 25 years later. A few years after the fancy church wedding, Mrs. Brown said that she wanted to be married by a Catholic priest, since she was Catholic. Mr. Brown agreed to her request, then added, “If it will make you any happier, let a Rabbi marry us, too.”< Less
Seize the Day: 250 Anecdotes and Stories By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes and stories, including this one: Andrew Tobias and Charles Nolan were a happy gay couple for years until Mr. Nolan died. Soon after Mr. Nolan died,... More > Mr. Tobias’ mother, who was Jewish, also died. At the memorial service for Mr. Tobias’ mother, Mr. Nolan’s brother spoke. Mr. Tobias writes about “Charles’ brother, a Catholic priest, who, when he got up from the audience to speak to the largely Jewish crowd, said he imagined my mom and dad and stepfather (also Jewish) and Charles (Catholic, but lapsed, and gay)—were now all likely in paradise having a fine and stylish old time together.” Mr. Tobias noted to the Catholic priest (with a smile) that according to the Pope, perhaps none of them would gain admission to Heaven. Mr. Tobias writes, “To which he shot back—with a quiet conviction I get a little choked up recalling—‘It’s not his call.’”< Less
Maximum Cool: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book includes 250 anecdotes, including this one: In 1957, New York Yankee Billy Martin had a birthday party that turned into a fight at the Copacabana. Hank Bauer was arrested,... More > and some other Yankees got their names in the newspaper, revealing that they had broken training. Angry, manager Casey Stengel quickly took action, benching most of the players involved, but not benching hitter Mickey Mantle, who had also been involved at the Capacabana. Asked about the discrepancy, Mr. Stengel said, “I may be mad, but I’m not mad enough to lose the pennant.”< Less
The Most Interesting People in Sports: 250 Anecdotes 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