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Just for Laughs


Recommended by Rachel, formerly an adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.

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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant

by Jeff Koon and Andy Powell
1272493.jpg Did you know that it's illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant in Michigan? High school students Jeff Koon and Andy Powell compiled 101 wacky, silly, and down right ridiculous U.S. laws in their book, You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant. Beware, in Salt Lake City, you can go to prison for a month for not returning a library book.

Non Campus Mentis

by Anders Henriksson
1228137.jpg Henriksson presents a hilarious world history according to college students in Non Campus Mentis. The book contains comic gems taken from college term papers and blue book exams, such as "around the year 1000 people were afraid that the acropolis was lurking around the corner."

My Life and Hard Times

by James Thurber
1065315.jpg First published in 1933, Thurber's delightfully readable classic recounts his boyhood trials and tribulations growing up in Columbus, Ohio. Thurber's signature drawings accompany the text. (Be sure to check out the drawing of his burglar-phobic Aunt Shoaf sneaking downstairs every night to throw shoes at imaginary burglars.)

The Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash

with an introduction by Archibald MacLeish
1139964.jpg I only recently became acquainted with Ogden Nash's satiric and oft-quoted poetry. This well-rounded volume contains 650 rhymes, verses and lyric poems. Who else but Nash could find a convincing rhyme for hippopotami?

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker

edited by Robert Mankoff
1337156.jpg For those self-confessed New Yorker cartoon addicts, what could be better than the new, hefty 656-page book of 2,004 cartoons? The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker contains introductions written by New Yorker legends like John Updike and Lillian Ross and includes a double CD set with all the 68,647 cartoons ever published in the magazine.