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Ha Ha Ha?

Comedy! Funny! Disturbing?

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KnoWhutIMean Vern?

Ask Ernest coverAsk Ernest!: What, When, Where, Why, Who Cares
Worrell (fictional character)
1993

Submitter: Here is a poster child for the importance of weeding your library’s humor section. Helpfully, the book’s subtitle asks many of the relevant questions I had about it being in our collection, such as why? Why was this book ever printed? What? What was someone thinking when they bought it? Who cares? This dated gem hadn’t circulated in over a decade, so I guess the answer is no one. From a public library.

Holly: Ernest P. Worrell was pretty darn funny to middle schoolers everywhere in the 80s. (Ok, to adults too, though they might not admit it.) Sadly, Jim Varney, who played Ernest, died of lung cancer in 2000. In other words, kids today grew up in a world without Ernest and Vern and this book is only valuable to nostalgic adults. It wasn’t a horrible choice for a public library in 1993, but it definitely had a limited shelf life and could have been weeded shortly after Varney’s death.  Also, I’m bothered by the typo in the last image below.

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Dodging the Marriage Bullet

How to avoid matrimony cover

How to Avoid Matrimony
Froy
1957

Okay all you rogue males, you don’t want to be trapped by the ladies looking for marriage. This guy has you covered with some interesting advice so you can avoid having the life sucked out of you by some airhead or harpy out to trap you into marriage.

Naturally you can’t be going with out feminine companionship, but you want to avoid certain kinds of women.  For example: girls with boring factory jobs, because they have boring factory jobs; divorced women because they are kind of desperate; foreign girls, girls with pushy mothers, etc. Be vigilant!

Best part: all the charts and illustrations so you really can visualize your bachelor strategies.

Time for me to round up some rogue males,

Mary

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Buddy Hackett

The Truth About Golf - cover

The Truth About Golf and Other Lies
Hackett
1968

Submitter: The book is amusing both because of the comedic author and its age!  It has not left our public library shelf in over eight years.

Holly: I find books like this more difficult to weed. If it hasn’t left the shelf in eight years, I’d weed it too, but it isn’t awful in and of itself. I have patrons who would still enjoy this if I put it in their hands, but they are unlikely to find it on their own. Click here to read the IMDB bio on Buddy.

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