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Laugh Your Socks Off! - March 2011

101 Places NOT to See before You Die
By Catherine Price

Description: A spirited, ingenious, tongue-in-cheek guide to some of the least appealing destinations and experiences in the world.

Official Website for 101 Places Not to See

Awkward Family Photos
By Mike Bender and Doug Chernak

Description: Presents awkward photos of families, accompanied by humorous captions and stories about awkward and amusing family moments, and organized into such categories as pets, birthdays, and holidays.

awkwardfamilyphotos.com

Bad Baby Names: The Worst True Names Parents Saddled Their Kids With – And You Can Too!
By Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback

Description: Throughout history, people have named their children truly terrible things, and this book has the proof. Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback combed through U.S. federal census records to find the absolute worst names parents have given their children. The result is this hysterical new take on the baby name book.

Find a baby name now!

Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong
By Jen Yates

Description: From the creator of the ultrapopular blog CakeWrecks.com, here are the worst cakes ever, including the ugly, the silly, the downright creepy, the unintentionally sad or suggestive, and the just plain funny. With witty commentary and behind-the-scenes tidbits, Cake Wrecks will ensure that you never look at a cake the same way again.

Official Cake Wrecks Blog

Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why You Should Raise Your Kids as Pirates and 101 Tips on How To Do It
By Tim Bete

Description: Never before has raising a pirate been so easy! If you’re like most parents, you long to raise your children as pirates, but just don t know how. In Guide to Pirate Parenting, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall provides everything you need to know to turn your little ones into happy, healthy buccaneers.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Do-It-Yourself Brain Surgery and Other Implausibly Titled Books
By Joel Rickett

Description: Lists fifty books with odd titles, providing jacket art and capsule information for such works as "People Who Don't Know They're Dead" and "I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen."

Deep Brain Surgery Simulation

Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race
By Jon Stewart

Description: Here is the definitive guide to our species--completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.

Review
The Daily Show

Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery
By James Lileks

Description: In an era where cooks wanted to put their best foot forward, there was no end to the creative, cost-efficient, and cream-based dishes that disgraced the family dinner table, the cocktail party, or the neighborhood BBQ. Recipes involving ingredients like ground meat, bananas, and cottage cheese sound innocent enough—unless you mix them all together in a strange attempt to cover every food group at once.

Scary 1950s Food Video

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will)
By Chuck Sambuchino

Description: There’s a new threat in town—and it’s only twelve inches tall. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is the only comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for, and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome. Once thought of as harmless yard decorations, evidence is mounting that these smiling lawn statues are poised and ready to wreck havoc. The danger is real. And it’s here. 

Buy Your Own Garden Gnome
Gnomeo & Juliet: The Movie

The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People
By Garth Sundem

Description: Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without – a guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia coexist as happily in these pages as they do in their natural habitat of the geek brain.
Excerpt
ThinkGeek: Stuff for Smart Masses

Little Billy’s Letters: An Incorrigible Inner Child’s Correspondence with the Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Bewildered
By Bill Geerhart

Description: Collects letters from the author's inner child to famous people and their responses, including advice from serial killers and the favorite fast foods of Supreme Court Justices.

Samples of Little Billy’s letters and the replies

Man Down : Proof beyond a Reasonable Doubt that Women are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just about Everything Else
By Dan Abrams

Description: Dan Abrams tackles the toughest case of his career in Man Down. Drawing on years of legal experience and research studies, Abrams explains step-by-step why women are better than men in just about every way imaginable, from managing money to flying planes to living longer. Abrams uses his trademark charm to get his point across without opining on the issue himself. Chock-full of fun facts and conversation starters, this book may not end the debate of men versus women, but it will definitely make it more interesting.

Mediaite, Dan Abrams’ Column

Other People’s Rejection Letters: Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t Receive
By Bill Shapiro

Description: Welcome to the rejection-letter hall of fame, where the hopes and dreams of celebrities (Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, among others) are crushed alongside the aspirations of the rest of us. You’ll find handwritten notes from former lovers, nasty e-mails from would-be bosses, heated texts, crayon scrawlings, and surprising dismissals from Playboy, Disney, even the pope.

Reject-o-matic

Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings
By Kerry Miller

Description: Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy, Passive Aggressive Notes offers a fascinating look at the all-too-familiar frustrations of embattled office drones, apartment dwellers, parents, and pet owners everywhere.

PassiveAggressiveNotes.com

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts!
By Cracked.com

Description: This book drawn from a top humor web site includes unsettling medical facts, incredible stories about historical figures, and the hidden truths behind some of pop culture's most beloved icons.

 



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