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Isaac Asimov's Treasury Of Humour A Lifetime Collection Of Favourite Jokes, Anecdotes, And Limericks With Copious Notes On How To Tell Them And Why

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Here is a lifetime harvest of Isaac Asimov's favorite anecdotes, jokes, puns, and scandalous verse - 640 selections in all. Everything is included, from the original shaggydog story ( in mercifully truncated form) to famous putdowns from ancient history, from the cerebral whimsies of Talmudic wit to the bawdiness of the barracks. There is bound to be something new for ever ...more
Published September 1st 1979 (first published 1971)
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Ron
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Dr. A's tome is as interesting for what it tells us about changes in humor since 1971 as information about the forming and presentation of jokes. As usual his work is informative and easy to read, and equally typical for his non-fiction work padded with personal references and editorial asides. Some readers will object; I find it adds to the fun of reading him.

Amazing how many "current" jokes were old stand bys forty years ago.

I especially liked his dipping into material from as early as the Gre
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66yoguy
Oct 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author ststed that he would provide commentary about humor and why certain jokes were funny,
I read the first 95 jokes. They provided me with not one funny joke, not even one single chuckle.
Often, I found myself continuing to read along after the joke had ended and right into his commentary about why the joke was funny.
I missed the humor, and punch line, time and time again.
Didn't bother finishing it.
SaraKat
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little more old-fashioned than Asimov Laughs Again. Enjoyable, but not as relatable to me.
Charles
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given that this is a collection of 640 jokes are not original with Asimov, it is not surprising that there are many that the reader will have heard. Most likely some of them several times over. Yet, like the great song, a good joke can still make us laugh when repeated.
Most of the jokes have been in circulation for some time, so the reader will often recognize the basic plot of the joke, even when it has been altered. Nearly all are clean enough to say in front of children, although due to th
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Valerie
I pulled this off the shelf because I was looking for a citation for the joke that ends "The chef says he refuses to butcher an entire elephant just for one cutlet."

I've puzzled through the index (which confusingly refers to joke numbers rather than page numbers), and I think that joke is not in this book. But since I've hauled the thing down, I might as well read it again. I think it may be where I first encountered many other classic jokes, if not the one I was looking for.

Yes, there are seve
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Venkataraman Kumbakonam S.

This book may be easily described as a text book for those who want to write on humor. Isaac Asimov, the author, has mastered the art of humor and has systematized the creation and expression of humor stories or jokes. His classification of humor stories is very informative.

The author's interlocutory remarks are no doubt educative but for a casual leader they are redundant. Knowing this the author suggests to skip them if the reader feels like that but also warns that the reader is likely to mi
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Jon
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not just entertaining, but insightful and informative as well. Asimov almost comes off as arrogant as he very frankly explains why we laugh and what is funny, and offers examples from his own formidable collection. And in the end, if he is being arrogant, he absolutely earns it. His analysis of humor is spot on and I find myself referencing it frequently in conversation. I was also delighted to read several jokes that are still around today, both mutated ones and those that are still in tact. Un ...more
Remo
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, biografia, 2015
Es como un libro de chistes escrito por Arévalo tras conseguir su doctorado en bioquímica. 640 chistes de los que hay 5 salvables. Y lo peor, con diferencia, aguantar los consejos de Asimov para contarlos con más "gracia", desmenuzando y analizándolos de manera bastante inane. Eso cuando deja de echarse flores y de fardar. Ejemplo: "Estábamos en una cena y por algún motivo yo estaba en la cabecera de la mesa (en realidad el motivo es que yo era el invitado de honor)[...]"
No, doctor Asimov, no e
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Ravi Veloo
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing insight from Asimov into why we laugh at a joke, with loads of annotations.

Also the best all-rounder collection of jokes I have ever encountered, some short, some long, and a whole section on bawdy jokes. Unbeatable in this category. Almost encyclopaedic, like Asimov's mind itself.

By the way, he includes one real-life anecdote where he asked a fellow writer, "When will your next book be coming out?" and the response to the prolific Asimov was, "And when will your next book not be coming
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Pastie
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Asmimovs Science fiction novels have dated well and feel as fresh and relevant today as when they were written.

Unfortunatly, his humour hasn't and this book feels really dated. Admittedly lots of the jokes/anecdotes relate to the Jewish religion/ way of life, which I know very little about, but I get the sense that even then I'm not sure If I'd find it funny.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine o
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