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The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun

containing a collection of over one thousand of the most laughable sayings and jokes of celebrated wits and humorists.

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,736 / 235 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,755
Added to site: 2009.07.16 24716
Genre: Humor

Nothing is so well calculated to preserve the healthful action of the human system as a good, hearty laugh. It is with this indisputable and important sanitary fact in view, that this collection of anecdotes has been made. The principle in selecting each of them, has been, not to inquire if it were odd, rare, curious, or remarkable; but if it were really funny. Will the anecdote raise a laugh? That was the test question. If the answer was "Yes," then it was accepted. If "No," then it was rejected.Anything offensive to good taste, good manners, or good morals, was, of course, out of the question.

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ghts, or may-be giving the quid pro quo in the shape of a blunder-buss. Baltimore girls, more beautiful than any in the world, all meet you with a half-smiling, half-saucy, come-kiss-me-if-you-dare kind of a look, but you must be careful of the first essay. After that no difficulty will arise, unless you be caught attempting to kiss another--then look out for thundergust. When a Broome girl gets a smack, she exclaims, "If it was anybody else but you, I'd make a fuss about it."


"SHE be a pretty craft, that little thing of yours," observed old Tom. "How long may she take to make the run?" "How long? I expect in just no time; and she'd go as fast again, only she won't wait for the breeze to come up with her." "Why don't you heave to for it?" said young Tom. "Lose too much time, I guess. I have been chased by an easterly wind all the way from your Land's-end to our Narrows, and it never could overhaul me." "And I presume the porpusses give it up in d

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***

This book is hilarious! As a living historian, it's helpful for me to not only know what topics were discussed in history, but also what jokes were told. Having studied history in depth, I "get" the background for these jokes and find them highly entertaining.

I beg to differ with the previous reviewer (who may possibly have not read more than the first page or two). Though this book includes some jokes that we would consider racially slanted, the majority are not. And even the racial jokes, when understood in their historical context, are almost all non-offensive.


A compilation of racist and bigoted jokes. Interesting in a historical sense, but hardly entertaining.



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