Thursday, August 2, 2012

5 books to make milk come out of your nose

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."
- Woody Allen

Humour is, of course, subjective. What makes me laugh will, possibly, make you fear for my sanity. (If you don't already). And what *you* find funny may be be too subtle for me, or so clever it leaves me for dust. I would think, though, that we could meet somewhere in the middle and find something worth chortling over. Maybe it'll be one of the books on this list - some of which I've finished already, and a couple I've just started. Happy reading!

When in Rome-- : an alternative guide for world travellers / Michael Haskins ; illustrated by Willie Ryan
When In Rome is a riotous, hilarious, gift book that highlights the varying differences between foreign etiquettes when you travel abroad. The book illustrates various nations' cultural, social etiquettes and customs and how funny, confusing and downright ridiculous they are when compared to each other. The book is a rip-roaring guide to 50+ nations' opposing gestures, manners and ways of expressing themselves physically, when their is a communication breakdown in the language barrier. For example, never put your hands on your hips next to a Mexican (you're asking for a fight), and never give and Iranian a thumbs up (its rude). Trouble will ensue if you do! So, your government urges you: take this amazing travel guide with you with you when abroad, read it, learn from it and if you happen to meet a foreign traveller (which will be inevitable) remember what you've learnt and, please, please, please be on your best behaviour.

Rude London : snapshots of a city with its pants down / Patrick Dalton
Following hot on the hilarious heels of Sh*t London comes this naughty, but very funny collection of 130 lewd London photos. From hilarious real street signs to real pub names to an assortment of weird, wonderful, and rude shop names, as well as the unexpected comedy that lurks on on every street corner, England's capital city is up to its knees in wonderful muck. This collection expresses our pathological human need to point and laugh out loud at something silly, ridiculous, and crass.

I suck at girls / Justin Halpern
'Growing up, every time I saw a men's magazine cover that had a headline about "73 Ways to Please Your Girlfriend", all I could think was "I'm good with one; just tell me one way to please her. Also, I don't have a girlfriend. Is there an article about that?"' Soon after Sh*t My Dad Says began to take off, comic writer Justin Halpern decided to propose to his then girlfriend. But before doing so, he asked his dad's advice, which was very, very simple (and surprisingly clean): 'Just take a day to think about it.' This book is the story of that trip down memory lane, to the adventures and misadventures of teenage relationships. Crossing the warmth of The Wonder Years with the candour and observational humour of David Sedaris, this follow-up to the hottest comedy debut of last year is a hilarious, toe-curlingly true book about life, and love.

  • Fans of his previous work will slide right into this one, as Halpern Sr. is a frequent commenter on the proceedings, and his priceless and profane bon mots are too good to pass up in this light and charming rom-com of a memoir - Publishers Weekly
  • This way to spaceship / Rhys Darby
    You've probably heard the rumours about the world ending in 2012 right? Did you know that the smart and powerful people are secretly building three giant spaceships in which to make a getaway but it's only for them? And did you also know that to get on one of those spaceships and escape you've got to be a VIP? That's right, you've got to MAKE IT BIG! You didn't know? You don't know how? Rhys Darby has written just the book for you. Get noticed? Dance like a demon? Score with the opposite sex? Not just talk the talk but walk the talk as you walk? And achieve fame and fortune? This book won't just change your life - it will save it! The result is a book as zany and hilarious as Rhys Darby himself. Now is the time to act, people!' shouts Darby. 'Get off your ass and make sure you're on the invite list. But just to start with: read this book!'

    Thank you notes 2 / Jimmy Fallon ; with the writers of Late Night
    Picking up where the first Thank You Notes left off, Jimmy Fallon has many more people and things to thank. He addresses some 200 new subjects in need of his undying "gratitude." Each page will feature one note and a photograph of its recipient.

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