Days We Just Need a Laugh
review nonfiction books that are very serious and demand our
attention because they speak to us about the status of the
world around us. And we review novels because they imitate
life and teach us about the accomplishments and foibles of
life. Then there are times that we need a book that just lets
us forget all the serious things in this world and gives us
a good laugh. Such a book is
Little Book of Laughter: Hundreds of Smiles from
A to Z by Lowell D. Streiker.
is small—in fact small enough to fit in a man's shirt
pocket—I just tried and it fit. And as the subtitle
suggests, the subject matter is alphabetized. That gives the
reader the option of reading material by subject matter or
at random. Let's try doing a random reading and see what we
come up with: The weary husband was met at the door with the
sad news. We'll have to go out for dinner,” his wife
said cheerily. “I couldn't fix anything because the
electricity went off.” “Electricity,” growled
the husband. “We have a gas range.” “I know,”
the wife went on, “but our can opener is electric.”
there is always the talk about the differences in the actions
and thoughts of women versus men. If you need a one lines
to offer, just go to men and women and presto, you have: A
man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself
fit her clothes. Or this one: I think--therefore I am single.
is telling computer jokes. The reader could offer this to
the mix: A bachelor called the computer dating service and
listed his specifications. He wanted someone who likes water
sports, is gregarious, likes formal dress, and is small. They
sent him a penguin.
bulletins occasionally inadvertently provides some humor for
us. For example this was announcement was found in one bulletin:
The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind
and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday afternoon.
many readers of MyShelf are writers, they will enjoy this
little quip which I am sure they will agree with: Manuscript—something
sent in hast and returned at leisure.
book will come in handy if you are ever asked to speak to
a group. Simply find a topic that would interest the group
and start you talk with a joke or quote from the little book
or just take the book to bed with you to get a good laugh
before going to sleep. I use it both ways. Some of them end
up on Facebook.