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Here is a tribute to the books that make us laugh. Not just smirk or smile or emit a small "heh", but really laugh. Eyes squeezed shut, head thrown back, shaking helplessly with silent laughter, tears running down our faces - these are the few and far between gems that really tickle our funny bones.
"There was an old man of Calcutta..." You know the rest. Salute the wonderful Edward Lear (an extraordinary wordsmith and artist), and the joy of limericks and nonsense verse with our celebration of these special forms of poetry. There are limerick books from the master of science fiction Isaac Asimov and the master of the macabre Edward Gorey, and Playboy Magazine too.
If you are white, addicted to expensive lattes (#1), love hardwood floors (#142), read David Sedaris (#25) and like to do your bit to help the environment (multiple entries) then you need to read Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander - so you can laugh at yourself.
The British sense of humor is famous around the world but what kind of literature makes them laugh? It seems the ideal amusing read for Brits would be a mind-boggling combination of P.G. Wodehouse's sublime wit, a liberal dose of Joseph Heller's black humor and a slice of Douglas Adams' galactic comedy.