Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
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  • Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

by Tim Cahill
     
 

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If you think you know what's the worst than can happen while traveling, the essayists in Not So Funny When it Happened will set you straight. In over 30 scathingly funny pieces, a diverse array of authors shows just how quickly a pleasant vacation can turn into an embarrassing anecdote. In Vietnam, John Wood invents increasingly elaborate fictions to explain

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If you think you know what's the worst than can happen while traveling, the essayists in Not So Funny When it Happened will set you straight. In over 30 scathingly funny pieces, a diverse array of authors shows just how quickly a pleasant vacation can turn into an embarrassing anecdote. In Vietnam, John Wood invents increasingly elaborate fictions to explain his ex-wife's "accidental death" in order to avoid humiliating himself by admitting he's divorced. Australian traveler Jayce White awakens in Zimbabwe to a baboon at his breakfast table helping himself to leftovers with primal flair. Collected in Not So Funny When it Happened, these stories and more show that when traveling, even the best of plans fall by the wayside.

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Cahill (Pass the Butterworms, 1997, etc.), the founding editor of Outside magazine, has culled these diverse and diverting pieces from books by Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, J.P. Donleavy, Mark Salzman, David Sedaris, and other travelwriters and editors. Most are short—five or six pages—but there is one considerably longer one by Randy White. With most of the stories set in other countries, crosscultural mishaps abound (e.g., getting one's hair cut in Turkey or having one's dental work done in Cameroon). Animals (a baboon in the bedroom in Zimbabwe, a ferret in the trousers in Scotland, and a wayward jumping frog on Amtrak) figure in several tales, and dealing with human vomit, urine, and feces provides the humor in three others. Clearly, not all are equally charming or will appeal to the same sense of humor. Covertocover reading at one sitting is easily accomplished but not recommended lest the idiosyncratic humor of individual pieces be blurred. Quirky little paragraphlong pieces separate the titled anecdotes, even briefer items appear in boxed inserts within them, and (apparently) cartoons (not seen) will be added.

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ISBN-13:
9781932361445
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Travelers' Tales Guides
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.50(d)

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