A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths

By Nick Belardes

Did you recognize that Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was once an ax assassin? Do you pride understanding that a few dinosaurs have been as teeny tiny as hens? ask yourself what it’s wish to dwell in Hell city on the finish of the area? How approximately an disorder so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People's historical past of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the uncooked resource fabric present in ancient documents, clinical stories, and libraries across the world to discover proof, lists, definitions, and astounding details sure to offer readers with the easiest cocktail dialog issues for a few years to come back! additionally discovered listed here are first-person interviews with those that can clarify the unexplained, from the completely perplexing Mothman conspiracy to mystery celebrity Wars Jedi spiritual cults and the charmingly eccentric the reason for this is that British aerospace engineers despatched teddy bears floating out into house. those real-world evidence are outlandish adequate to sharpen the mind and occupy readers’ minds for hours of entertainment.

Show description

Depraved English: The Most Disgusting and Hilarious Word Book Ever

By Peter Novobatzky, Ammon Shea

From aboiement to zooerastia, a guided journey of the lantrified underbelly of the English language

This strange, un-put-downable little quantity by way of Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea collects greater than 300 of the English language's so much disgusting, offensive, and obscene words--words that experience fallen out of universal utilization yet will doubtless satisfaction, amuse, and at times end up unusually worthy. Who hasn't hunted for definitely the right observe to explain a colleague's maschalephidrosis (runaway armpit perspiration), a boss's pleonexia (insane greed), or a buddy's fumosities (ill-smelling vapors from a drunken person's belches)?

Word fans, continual insulters, berayers, bescumbers, and bespewers desire suppose like tongue-tied witlings not more: discovering the right kind, keck-inspiring notice simply bought plenty more uncomplicated with Depraved English.

Show description

The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons

A wry examine international, from the loved cartoonists at The New Yorker

A hilarious hole-in-one for golfers and cartoon-lovers alike, The New Yorker publication of golfing Cartoons, moment Edition brings jointly over 100 vintage photos from around the magazine's eighty-plus-year background. Edited by way of Robert Mankoff, acclaimed cartoonist and comic strip editor at The New Yorker, and that includes paintings from mythical artists together with Charles Addams, Roz Chast, Whitney Darrow Jr., Edward Koren, George fee, William Steig, and so forth, the publication is a side-splitting tribute to the game.

  • Brings jointly over a hundred golf-related cartoons through the best-loved cartoonists at The New Yorker
  • Edited via the cartoonist and New Yorker sketch editor Robert Mankoff
  • Newly revised and up to date to incorporate assurance of the newest advancements within the golf global, together with Tiger Woods's problems and more
  • Features an creation through Danny Shanahan

A undying anthology of some of the best golfing cartoons ever to grace the pages of America's favourite journal, The New Yorker publication of golfing Cartoons captures the eagerness and the discomfort of the game.

Show description

The Heart of a Goof

By P. G. Wodehouse

Center of A Goof deals 9 of Wodehouse’s ripest tales from the Nineteen Twenties, the characters are united by way of their worship of golfing. From Rodney Spelvin, the sickeningly handsome romantic poet who involves his senses while he discovers the sport, to Rollo Podmarsh, who finishes his around even if he thinks himself fatally poisoned, and Chester Meredith who discovers eloquence at the eighteenth eco-friendly, we meet the total diversity of humanity in reasonable climate and foul.

Show description

It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News

By Drew Curtis

From the author of Fark.com, an exposé at the media long past awry, revealing the hysterical, frequently outrageous non-news that passes for newsworthy today

have you came upon your self noticing definite styles within the information you notice and browse every one day? might be it’s the blatant fear-mongering within the absence of proof in your neighborhood 6 o’clock information ("Tsunami may possibly hit the Atlantic any day!" EVERYBODY PANIC), or the seasonal articles that seem 12 months after 12 months like clockwork ("Roads should be crowded this vacation season." thank you AAA.). IT’S now not information, IT’S FARK is Drew Curtis’ shrewdpermanent exam of the kingdom of the media at the present time and a hilarious examine the go-to tales mass media makes use of while there is simply no longer adequate challenging information to fill a newspaper or a news bulletin. who's responsible for non-news within the media? Is it the media, or the media buyer and their website-clicking conduct? Or does the reply lie someplace in among? IT'S no longer information, it truly is FARK takes a crack at why

Drew exposes 8 stranger-than-fiction media styles that turn out simply how little reporting is happening on the planet of newshounds at the present time. whether it’s a gradual information day, mainstream media nonetheless has to carry. IT’S now not information, IT’S FARK examines the entire "news" that used to be by no means healthy for print within the first position, and offers to have you ever guffawing (with the media, brain you, now not at them...) alongside the best way. permit the hilarity occur.

Show description

The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names

This can be a ebook for everybody who has ever puzzled why pubs can be known as The move Keys, The Dew Drop hotel or The desire and Anchor. you will be pleased to grasp that there are excellent - unusual and noteworthy - purposes in the back of all of them. After a lot examine approximately (and in) pubs, Albert Jack brings jointly the tales at the back of pub names to bare how they give attention-grabbing and subversive insights on our historical past, customs, attitudes and jokes in exactly an identical method that nursery rhymes do. The Royal Oak, for example, commemorates the tree that concealed Charles II from Cromwell's forces after his defeat at Worcester; The Bag of Nails is a corruption of the Bacchanals, the crazed fans of Bacchus, the god of wine and drunkenness; The Cat and the mess around a mangling of Catherine los angeles Fidele and a guarded gesture of help for Henry VIII's first, Catholic, spouse Catherine of Aragon; plus many, many extra. right here too are much more proof approximately every little thing from ghosts to consuming songs to the foundations of cribbage and shove ha'penny, exhibiting that, eventually, the tale of pub historical past is de facto the tale of our personal well known historical past.

Show description

Le Faucheur (Livre 11) (French Edition)

By Terry Pratchett

Fantômes vampires, zombis, banshees, croque-mitaines... Les morts vivants se multiplient. vehicle une disaster frappe le Disque-Monde : l. a. Mort est porté disparu (oui, los angeles Mort est un mâle, un mâle nécessaire). Plus moyen de défunter correctement. Fini le repos éternel et bien mérité ! Il s'ensuit un chaos général tel qu'en provoque toujours l. a. déficience d'un carrier public essentiel. Et pendant ce temps-là, dans les champs d'une ferme lointaine, un étrange et squelettique ouvrier agricole manie l. a. fake avec une infrequent dextérité. l. a. moisson n'attend pas...

Show description

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

By Christopher Moore

A rollicking story that includes exact published map endpapers and greater than dozen masterpieces of paintings in the course of the ebook, Sacré Bleu is best than an afternoon on the museum!

it's the colour of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a stunning pigment wanted by means of artists, a fantastic hue infused with threat, event, and maybe even the supernatural. it's . . .

Sacré Bleu

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went right into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why could an artist on the peak of his inventive powers try and take his personal lifestyles . . . after which stroll a mile to a doctor's apartment for aid? Who used to be the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was once stalking him throughout France? And why had the painter lately turn into deathly fearful of a undeniable colour of blue?

those are only many of the questions confronting Vincent's friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to find the reality approximately van Gogh's premature demise. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the paintings international of past due nineteenth-century Paris.

Oh lÀ lÀ, quelle surprise, and zut alors! a tasty confection of intrigue, ardour, and paintings history—with cancan ladies, baguettes, and positive French cognac thrown in for stable measure—Sacré Bleu is one other masterpiece of wit and sweetness from the single, the one, Christopher Moore.

Show description

Slaughterhouse 90210

By Maris Kreizman

The excellent booklet for an individual with a Netflix account and a library card.

"A actual dwell cultural argument. enjoyable and humorous, sure, but in addition dazzling, relocating, and thoughtful."
- NPR

"Smart, sharp, and hilarious, Slaughterhouse 90210 is the best pick-me-up and never-put-me-down book." - Jami Attenberg, bestselling writer of The Middlesteins

Slaughterhouse 90210 pairs literature's maximum traces with pop culture's most sensible moments.

In 2009, Maris Kreizman desired to mix her fierce love for popular culture with a lifelong ardour for analyzing, and so the web publication Slaughterhouse 90210 used to be born. via matching poignant passages from literature with renowned moments from tv, movie, and actual lifestyles, Maris' paintings immediately stuck the eye (and adoration) of millions. And it is simple to determine why.

Slaughterhouse 90210 is subversively incredible, discovering the intensity within the shallows of truth tv, and the levity in Lahiri. an image of Taylor rapid is paired with Joan Didion's quote, "Above all, she is the lady who 'feels things'. the woman ever wounded, ever young." Tony Soprano tenderly hugs his teenage son, observed through a line from Middlemarch approximately, "The patches of hardness and tenderness [that] lie facet through facet in men's dispositions." the pictures and charges supplement and deepen each other in stunning, profound, and soft methods.

With over a hundred and fifty colour pictures from a few of renowned culture's such a lot iconic moments, Kreizman exhibits why evaluating Walter White to Faust is smart in our megastar obsessed, television crazed society.

Show description