When I first bought this book, I was expecting a few good laughs… what I got was amazing. I cracked open the book and cracked a grin, a few pages later I was chuckling, a couple misprints later, howling… after about five minutes with this, I was reduced to nearly to tears with sides so sore and so out of breath, I was worried I had to stop before I got a hernia or a heart attack, but I couldn’t. You cannot set this book down willingly, and it would take a major nuclear war to get me to part with it in the middle. Still, I don’t recommend taking this out in public– you’ll be laughing and twitching like you were insane. I loaned it to a friend of mine one day… he got kicked out of study hall for laughing too hard.
With headlines like “Dead man found in cemetary”, “Mimes banned for abusive language” and “USPS begins program to help ‘stamp out literacy’” you can see what I mean here. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg– these aren’t even the best ones in the book. Sure, you can’t give Leno all the credit (that goes to the many, many editors across the world who screwed up) but his observations on many of these articles were hilarious. Once you have this book, you just begin to wonder how you ever survived without it.
This is probably the funniest book I ever read–even over Dave Barry’s. Somehow, a 10 doesn’t seem adequate to describe it.
One last note to parents, though: don’t let your young kids see this book… some of the misprints are ones that get a little blue.
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If you like words and aren’t opposed to humor, this book will have you laughing your brains out within the first 5 minutes. Not every headline is funny to everyone, but there are so many in here that no matter what your style is, you will be laughing and you will be enjoying it. The absurdity of everyday life has never been so enjoyable. Yay for Jay!
Great comic relief in book form. Jay’s side notes and comments are throughout so it is just as funny as catching the “Headline’s” Monday nights on T.V.