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Will Cuppy was one of the original staff of Harold Ross's New Yorker and the author of How to Be a Hermit and How to Become Extinct. He is also, says P.G.Wodehouse in his introduction, "the author of the best thing said about Pekingese, viz. 'I don't know why they should look so conceited. They're no better than we are.'" This quip sounds the characteristic Cuppy note: con ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 30th 2005 by David R Godine (first published July 28th 1931)
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Mike Puma
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011

Humor and satire from the 1920s.

A young buddy of mine, 21 or 22, bright and well-spoken, Libertarian (really! Ask him) recommended this one to me saying it’s funny, sarcastic, etc. ; I’d call it humorous, or better, humor-ish. Humor from another era, gently sarcastic, amusing if you have a taste for this sort of thing. I do. Sometimes. I’m more of a go-for-the-jugular kinda guy. In any case, I’ve exacted my revenge on this poor, unsuspecting fellow—more on that to follow.

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Emanuela
La prima cosa che ti chiedi leggendo questo libro delirante è quali strumenti abbia utilizzato l'autore per questa carrellata zoologica. Io me lo immagino con:
-una mappa dell'encefalo con una legenda molto dettagliata dei punti anatomici;
-una mappa di antropometria umana e comparata;
-le immagini delle scimmie antropomorfe e loro descrizioni;
-le immagini degli uccelli, belli e brutti;
-immagini di belve ed animali esotici;
-una ricerca maniacale sulle sottospecie vere o fatte passare come tali di t
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Marlowe
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
A series of two page profiles for a number of animals (including a section devoted to other humanoids). Cuppy displays a great deal of research and uses it well to make his profiles quite funny. The style of comedy is very subtle, making it easy to miss if the reference isn’t known.

I wasn’t wildly impressed with this book. I did enjoy it and it truly is very funny, but it left me feeling a bit empty; it’s like a meal that just isn’t as filling as expected. Finishing, I couldn’t help but to feel
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P.J. Sullivan
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
This is a book of snippets about birds and monkeys, plus mammals and even a few primitive people. Cuppy was a notorious bird hater, so you can imagine how hilariously he deals with them. It must have done him good to write this one! This is certainly not his best book, but contains many quotable lines. For example, "All modern men are descended from a wormlike creature, but it shows more on some people." Or, "It is a good thing to keep out of the Arctic if you look like a seal." The illustration ...more
Jeff
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A friend lent me this book, and it was a complete surprise - I found myself laughing to the point of tears - and not knowing why! A strange man, and very funny.
Kathy H
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge Will Cuppy fan, period and I've read this book many times. It maybe isn't his best collection of 'writing in chunks' but it is still Will Cuppy. That is all one needs to say.
Philip
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, gift
At times Cuppy's tone is perfect; at others not so much.
Josh
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ancient humor.
Fishface
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, humor
Another great Cuppy collection, this one focusing mostly on the Naked Apes and their nearest kin. there are also a lot of essays on birds in here.
Denise
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A bit of amusement to while away an idle hour. Published in 1931 and still funny today, especially for those that find Spring and Aristotle annoying.
Denise
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous
A collection of one liners about animals. A product of its time, there are some bits of racism. But still Will Cuppy!
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William Jacob "Will" Cuppy was an American humorist and literary critic, known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures.
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