• The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

    By Peter McGraw, Joel Warner

    Half road-trip comedy and half social technology scan, a scientist and a journalist element their epic quest to find the key at the back of what makes issues funny.

    Two men. 19 experiments. 5 continents. 91,000 miles. And a booklet that might perpetually swap how you take into consideration humor.

    Part road-trip comedy and half social technological know-how scan, a scientist and a journalist aspect their epic quest to find the key in the back of what makes issues funny.

    Dr. Peter McGraw, founding father of the Humor learn Lab on the college of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching look for the key at the back of humor. Their trip spanned the globe, from big apple to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. in the meantime, the duo carried out their very own humor experiments alongside the way—to wince-worthy, hilarious, and illuminating results.

    In their quixotic seek, they wondered numerous specialists, from comedians like Louis C.K. to rat-tickling researchers, and spoke back urgent (and not-so-pressing) questions comparable to, “What’s the key to successful The New Yorker caricature caption contest?”; “Who has the larger humorous bone—men or ladies, Democrats or Republicans?”; and “Is laughter fairly the simplest medicine?” As a last try out, McGraw makes use of every thing they discovered to aim stand-up—at the biggest comedy pageant within the world.

    Funny, astonishing, and sometimes touching, The Humor Code is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an strange friendship.

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  • Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)

    By Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Uncle John’s twenty fourth flagship version is glittering with greater than 500 all-new pages of soaking up fabric that turn out once more why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading sequence within the world.

    The details miners on the toilet Readers’ Institute have unearthed a invaluable number of fantastic, striking, headscratching, and hilarious articles. Divided by means of size on your sitting comfort, pure gold is brim-full of little-known historical past, random origins, bizarre information, superstar secrets and techniques, and concrete legends. As continually, you’ll locate lots of dumb criminals, smart wordplay, quirky quotations, and masses, even more. simply divulge heart's contents to any page—who is familiar with what treasures wait for you?

    Judges long gone wild
    The Barbie scandals
    Canada's underpants king
    Helen Keller: vaudeville star
    The double A-bomb survivors
    The background of the umbrella
    America's forbidden island
    What the Hokey Pokey is basically all about
    And a lot, a lot more!

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  • The Unauthorised History of South Africa

    Researched and written through historians good revered in concentric circles, this hilarious tackle our collective prior finds beautiful new discoveries and engaging new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese pimp who settled the Cape a yr ahead of Van Riebeeck, to Shaka’s lesser-known brother, Nigel Zulu, who simply desired to be a florist.
    You’ll detect how the winner of the Mr Mielie Board attractiveness festival got here to rule South Africa, and you’ll rejoice our best triumphs, like while Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman gained the Rugby global Cup in 1995.
    From small fats gold-plated rhinos in Mapungubwe, to small fats gold-plated politicians in Mangaung, The Unauthorised historical past of South Africa tells you the background you usually desired to comprehend yet have been too afraid to invite.

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  • The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse

    By W.H. Mumfrey

    Resistance is Your top Directive

    Have you ever skilled a sensation of lacking time? have you came upon a steel implant someplace on your physique? it is most likely that you are a sufferer of alien abduction, and also you do not even recognize it.

    Aliens are between us. whereas the real intentions of those mysterious intruders from outer area are unknown, there is not any doubt that their activities are nefarious. it is your correct - your civic accountability - to profit the abilities essential to provide yourself with protection, your family and finally your planet.

    Aliens are looking to whisk you away within the evening to accomplish terrifying experiments on you. is not it time you find out how use your MP3 participant to safeguard your self from their paralyzing powers? won't you know the way to stay away from the pursuit of a flying saucer? would not you sleep higher at evening understanding a few confirmed hand-to-hand strive against recommendations sure to cease your extraterrestrial foe in its tracks?

    Make no mistake - our international is less than assault and this instruction manual could be the basically factor status among the human race and overall annihilation. learn it and sign up for the resistance.

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  • Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches (Penguin Classics)

    By Mark Twain

    Those brief fiction and prose items reveal the range of Twain's innovative invention, his various abilities, and his amazing emotional diversity. Twain used to be a grasp of just about each prose style; in fables and tales, speeches and essays, he skilfully tailored, prolonged or satirized literary conventions, guided merely through his unruly mind's eye. From the comedian wit that glints in maxims from 'Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar,' to the parodic perfection of 'An lousy - poor Medieval Romance,' to the satirical delights of The Innocents overseas and Roughing It; from the nice and cozy nostalgia of 'Early Days' to the sour, brooding tone of 'The guy That Corrupted Hadleyburg' to the anti-imperial vehemence of 'To the individual Sitting within the Darkness' and the poignant grief expressed in 'Death of Jean', Twain emerges during this quantity in lots of guises, all touched via genius.

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  • How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At

    By Daniel Kibblesmith, Sam Weiner

    No one desires to be a loser. With this progressive new guide, readers will methods to win at actually everything*—even issues that are not contests, and that you simply cannot or is not going to try and win at, akin to dreaming, apologizing, and conversing at the cell together with your mother. an important illustrated suggestion and guideline publications would-be winners via actions together with bird-watching (start by means of recognizing universal species like pigeons, or dogs), task interviews (maintain eye touch: highly intelligent humans do not have to blink), and plenty of extra situations for fulfillment. In sharing their hard-won wisdom, the authors—noted specialists at this type of thing—help readers turn into the long run winners they have been intended to be.

    *actually, extra like dozens of items

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  • More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea

    By Tom Reynolds

    Tom Reynolds is an ambulance employee. On any given day he will be attacked by way of strangers, sworn at via motorists, puked on, lined in blood, and different even more disagreeable components. He may perhaps support to carry a child within the morning and witness the final moments of a demise guy within the afternoon. He bargains with street injuries, knife assaults, household violence, drug overdoses, overlook, and pain. Tom blogs approximately his studies on the finish of every shift. His Random Acts of Reality site has an immense following with more than 30,000 viewers each day. the following, Tom charts the previous years of his lifestyles as an ambulance employee. he's drained, he's pissed off, and he's extra annoyed than ever yet he nonetheless manages to catch the extra relocating, heartwarming, and inspirational moments along the chaos.

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  • Uncle John's Facts to Go Fads & Flops (Uncle John's Facts to Go Series Book 8)

    Uncle John takes the country through hurricane during this hip new book of loo Reader classics and a few brand-new articles! Fads & Flops is overflowing with tales of not likely successes and sizeable mess ups. So no matter if you have been weaned on bell bottoms, parachute pants, dishevelled pants, or thin denims, you’ll locate the single factor that by no means is going out of fashion: nice rest room examining! learn about…

    -The world’s stupidest enterprise decisions
    -Playing real-life Pac-Man at the streets of latest York City
    -From flop to fad: The Rocky Horror photograph Show
    -The ups and downs of the trampoline
    -Le vehicle and different le-mons
    -Turtles, Transformers, and gear Rangers
    -Shaky Etch-A-Sketch moments
    -What the backward messages in rock songs particularly mean
    -Dot Bombs

    And a lot, a lot more!

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  • Blood, Sweat, and Tea: Real-Life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance

    By Tom Reynolds

    An pleasing mixture of humor, bravery, cynicism, and compassion." --London day-by-day Telegraph

    It's the stuff of Grey's Anatomy, House, and ER--only those occasions should not unfolding on a Hollywood soundstage.

    Have you ever questioned what is going on contained in the ambulance screaming previous you in the course of your rush-hour travel? seeing that 2003, Tom Reynolds (writing below an alias in order to not get sacked from his job), has stored a web publication the place he chronicles the day-in, day-out realities of his existence at the task as an EMT with the London Ambulance Service.

    By turns either poignant and profound, Reynolds's writing captures the very essence of existence and demise. From the mundane to the surreal, from the heartwarming to the cynical, from the calm to the frenetic, greater than three hundred entries from his renowned web publication at randomreality.blogware.com are integrated within the book.

    Dear Mr. Alcoholic:

    Would you brain quite no longer swearing at me, taking a swing at me, or exposing your self to me? i've got really adequate abuse from the nondrunks in the market. . . . nonetheless, not less than your fists are effortless to sidestep, and if I cease protecting you up, you fall over.

    The author's highly well known weblog, Random Acts of truth, has been named Medgadget most sensible clinical weblog and most sensible Literary scientific web publication.

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  • Seedless in Seattle

    By Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

    Just like the nice Jesus Christ himself, I had loads of shit on my brain while I hit 33 ...

    I had 3 new-born destiny eire internationals to feed, a daughter short of psychiatric review and a teenage son enthusiastic about uncovering the shameful secrets and techniques of our family's 1916 past.

    Throw into the combo a sister lacking in Orgentina, a spouse suffering to lose the burden from her orse and an interfering spouse's father residing below my roof.

    You can see why, just like the Son of God, my lifestyles had turn into a massive hassle.

    And simply whilst i presumed it couldn't get any longer tough, a second of insanity concerning - what else? - the other intercourse persuaded Sorcha that i wished to have the unkindest reduce of all.

    Seedless in Seattle is the 15th novel in Paul Howard's 'Ross O'Carroll-Kelly' sequence.

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