The Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder is exactly what it sounds like: a way to build a SAT-ready vocabulary through 'Yo Momma' jokes. For example:
"Yo MommaThe Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder is exactly what it sounds like: a way to build a SAT-ready vocabulary through 'Yo Momma' jokes. For example:
"Yo Momma is such a Philistine, she thought Crime and Punishment was a WWE tagteam!"
"Yo Momma is so dirty, you can tell her age by the concentric rings underneath her armpits."
It's a riot, and howlingly funny--Mick and I were passing it across the table at lunch and roaring. And it actually would be a great tool for teaching vocabulary--particularly to teenage boys (or one's inner teenage boy). I had a fit of giggles over the translation of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back": "I like callipygian women, and I cannot equivocate..." The jokes are sometimes a bit tasteless, but not risque or too adult for the Middle School set. The whole concept, however, is very 'un-PC', so if that offends, better pass this one by....more
Karl Shaw's wickedly disgusting (yet strangely erudite and fascinating) book is a British import that is kind of hard to find, but well worth it for lKarl Shaw's wickedly disgusting (yet strangely erudite and fascinating) book is a British import that is kind of hard to find, but well worth it for lovers of the gross, historical and trivial. I spent a few weeks in 2007 hauling it around in my bag, ready to read excerpts of it to any unsuspecting victim I could find. It's basically a series of lists, and could really come in handy for trivia competitions. My husband was ready to burn the thing after I regaled him with "Ten Acts of Cannibalism" over lunch one day.
Here's a sample:
Ten Professions in Need of a Union
1. Henry VIII employed a Groom of the Stool, who was required to wipe the royal anus.
2. The ancient Egyptian pharoahs employed human fly traps, who were smeared with asses' milk and made to stand in a corner of the room.
3. The diamond company De Beers once employed security guards to undertake fingertip searches through the feces of their fellow employees, to make sure they weren't taking their work home with them.
4. In the court of Imperial China, human wet nurses were trained to suckle the royal Pekingese puppies.
5. In 1895 a dispute over trading rights resulted in an attack by more than a thousand angry tribesmen, led by King Koko, on the British-owned Niger Company in Akassa. The native chiefs later sent a letter to Britain, addressed to the Prince of Wales, expressing their deep regret for having taken the law into their own hands, and especially for having eaten his employees.
6. The ancient Egyptians were martyrs to their bowels: believing all diseases were diet-related, they binged on laxatives and purged themselves for three days at a time. The court official who supplied the enema to the pharoah was given the title Shepherd to the Royal Anus.
7. Because the average weight of a Japanese Sumo wrestler is 22 stone (308 pounds), and many of them are too fat to wipe their own backsides, novice wrestlers are expected to do it for them. Six out of every 10 novices vanish from the workplace in the first year of apprenticeship.
8. In eighteenth-century London, long before the invention of the public convenience, it was possible to make an honest living from ownership of a long black cloak and a bucket. You simply walked the streets until you found a desperate client, then for an agreed fee wrapped the cloak around him and looked the other way while your client relieved himself.
9. In 1911, the Japanese emperor was delayed for 20 minutes when his train jumped the points. A station master accepted responsibility and disembowelled himself.
10. The world's most difficult stand-up comic routine was performed by the eunuch dwarfs in the court of the Ottoman sultans. The dwarfs were required to keep the royal womenfolk amused while they gave birth....more