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The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 4 By David Bruce
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Free download. Comedian Danny Thomas received his greatest compliment from Mike Todd, who was in a nightclub while Mr. Thomas was performing. Mr. Todd had lifted his coffee cup from his saucer when... More > Mr. Thomas went into the dramatic part in his “Ode to the Wailing Lebanese.” Mr. Todd felt it was inappropriate to put the coffee cup to his lips at such a dramatic moment, and he was afraid that he would make a noise if he set the coffee cup back down. So he held the coffee cup suspended in mid-air for three minutes, until the dramatic part was over.< Less
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 Religion and Families: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains such anecdotes as the following: One day Pope John XXIII went to a nursing home that was run by nuns so he could visit a dying prelate. The nun who answered the door was... More > understandably astonished to see the Pope, and she almost fainted. However, the Pope told her, “No need to be alarmed, Sister. After all, I’m only the Pope.”< Less
The Funniest People in Sports, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 sports anecdotes, including this one: Don Faurot, football coach at Missouri, punished unsportsmanlike behavior. During a game, one of his players hit an... More > opposing player. Referee Cliff Ogden saw the infraction and came running over to throw the player out of the game. However, the player told him, “You can’t put me out of the game—Faurot’s already beat you to it.” About the Author: David Bruce is a humor columnist for “The Athens News” in Athens, Ohio. He also teaches English at Ohio University.< 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
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 Funniest People in Comedy and Relationships: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains such anecdotes as these: 1) In his Answer Man column, film critic Roger Ebert answered a question by Matt Sandler about who was the world’s most beautiful woman by saying... More > that she was Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. In a later Answer Man column, a reader stated that Mr. Ebert should have answered the question by saying, “My wife.” However, Mr. Ebert had a good reason for not answering the question that way: “Matt Sandler asked about women, not goddesses.” 2) To advertise its Razzles candy, Mars Candy decided to use a Cleveland, Ohio, show in which comedian Ron Sweed, aka The Ghoul, hosted several mostly bad horror movies. The Ghoul criticized the candy for weeks, and the more he criticized it, the more its sales went up. In gratitude, Mars Candy delivered a case of Razzles to The Ghoul. The case of candy remained on the set of The Ghoul’s show for year--unopened.< Less
The Funniest People in Relationships: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This paperback is one-half of my previous book "The Funniest People in Comedy and Relationships: 500 Anecdotes." It includes 250 anecdotes, including this one: When Alyene Porter was a... More > little girl growing up early in the 20th century, a man named Brother Mahoney in her church had a distinctive and chronic case of the sniffles: He would make one big sniffle, pause, then make three small sniffles in a row. There was never any variation in his snif-fling. On Christmas Eve, little Alyene was getting ready to talk to Santa Claus at the church when she heard Santa give a sniffle that sounded just like the sniffle of Brother Mahoney. To make sure, she listened closely: one big sniffle, pause, then three small sniffles in a row. Shocked and disappointed, she ran crying to her mother, who explained that anyone can be Santa Claus as long as they like children and spread joy at Christmas. That night, Alyene’s parents woke her so she could be Santa and help fill the Christmas stockings while her siblings slept.< Less
The Funniest People in Neighborhoods: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book is one-half of my previous book "The Funniest People in Sports and Neighborhoods: 500 Anecdotes." This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: When... More > children’s book author Sid Fleischman started going bald, his kids made him a hairpiece—they clipped hair from the family pet dog and glued it to fabric. Mr. Fleischman writes in his autobiography, "The Abracadabra Kid," that he was very happy with the gift—“It gave me a punk pompadour decades before spiked hairdos became trendy.”< Less

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