HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

by Tim Cahill (Editor)

Other authors: Douglas Adams (Contributor), Nigel Barley (Contributor), Dave Barry (Contributor), Bill Bryson (Contributor), Mark Carwardine (Contributor)30 more, Jim Crotty (Contributor), William Dalrymple (Contributor), Nicholas Delbanco (Contributor), J. P. Donleavy (Contributor), Thom Elkjer (Contributor), Lynn Ferrin (Contributor), John Flinn (Contributor), Elliott Neal Hester (Contributor), Donald Katz (Contributor), Anne Lamott (Contributor), Michael Lane (Contributor), Doug Lansky (Contributor), Adair Lara (Contributor), Todd McEwen (Contributor), Brad Newsham (Contributor), Sean O'Reilly (Contributor), Burley Packwood (Contributor), Cleo Paskal (Contributor), Rolf Potts (Contributor), Mark Salzman (Contributor), David Sedaris (Contributor), Sourav Sen (Contributor), Germaine Shames (Contributor), Richard Sterling (Contributor), Cara Tabachnick (Contributor), Luis Alberto Urrea (Contributor), Gary A. Warner (Contributor), Jayce White (Contributor), Randy Wayne White (Contributor), John Wood (Contributor)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
220593,807 (3.11)10
If you think you know what's the worst than can happen while traveling, the essayists inNot So Funny When it Happened will set you straight. In over 30 scathingly funny pieces, a diverse array of authors shows just how quickly a pleasant vacation can turn into an embarrassing anecdote. In Vietnam, John Wood invents increasingly elaborate fictions to explain his ex-wife's "accidental death" in order to avoid humiliating himself by admitting he's divorced. Australian traveler Jayce White awakens in Zimbabwe to a baboon at his breakfast table helping himself to leftovers with primal flair. Collected inNot So Funny When it Happened, these stories and more show that when traveling, even the best of plans fall by the wayside.… (more)
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 10 mentions

Showing 5 of 5
Not so funny when you read it either. ( )
  poetreegirl | Mar 21, 2013 |
Cahill, Bryson, Adams, Barry, et al, should be funny, but all they could elicit were a couple of dry dusty road chuckles. This is a compilation of short magazine article style stories, interspersed with even shorter vignettes and really corny cartoons. There are apparently several other titles in this series, each with an equally clever title. Lite fare for the lite traveler. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Jul 26, 2010 |
This book was very amusing, I especially liked the Brad Newsham ones and 'Passing the Test'. About what I expected from this type of collection, some good laughs on a long bus ride.
  skinglist | Jan 6, 2009 |
Ironically, not as entertaining as Cahill's own collection of writings. Most the entrees were moderately amusing, but many didn't have the edge that great travel writing should have. A good airplane or summer book. ( )
  NellieMc | Aug 1, 2008 |
A collection of travel essays, all humorous, some hysterical. My favorites are "Hold on to Your Lunch" written by an airline attendant, "Dentist in Cameroon" and "Bad Haircuts Around The World" by someone who's experienced them. ( )
  mstrust | Mar 30, 2008 |
Showing 5 of 5
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cahill, TimEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barley, NigelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barry, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryson, BillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carwardine, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crotty, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dalrymple, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delbanco, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donleavy, J. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elkjer, ThomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrin, LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flinn, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hester, Elliott NealContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Katz, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lamott, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansky, DougContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lara, AdairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McEwen, ToddContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newsham, BradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Reilly, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Packwood, BurleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paskal, CleoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Potts, RolfContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salzman, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedaris, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sen, SouravContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shames, GermaineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sterling, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tabachnick, CaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Urrea, Luis AlbertoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Warner, Gary A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, JayceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Randy WayneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

Belongs to Publisher Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.
--Herman Melville
Dedication
First words
Ladies and gentleman, laugh if you will, at this sincere and earnest collection of twisted travel narratives.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

If you think you know what's the worst than can happen while traveling, the essayists inNot So Funny When it Happened will set you straight. In over 30 scathingly funny pieces, a diverse array of authors shows just how quickly a pleasant vacation can turn into an embarrassing anecdote. In Vietnam, John Wood invents increasingly elaborate fictions to explain his ex-wife's "accidental death" in order to avoid humiliating himself by admitting he's divorced. Australian traveler Jayce White awakens in Zimbabwe to a baboon at his breakfast table helping himself to leftovers with primal flair. Collected inNot So Funny When it Happened, these stories and more show that when traveling, even the best of plans fall by the wayside.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Contains: How I killed off my ex-wife / John Wood (Vietnam) --
Hold on to your lunch / Elliott Neal Hester (Airborne) --
Everybody's got glorious hide next to me and my monkey / Jayce White (Zimbabwe) --
The aunties / Anne Lamott (Mexico) --
Jesus shaves / David Sedaris (Paris) --
Benvenuto in Italia! / Sourav Sen (Italy) --
Mexican mating calls / Germaine W. Shames (Mexico) --
What's cooking? / Bill Bryson (Vermont) --
The dentist in Cameroon / Nigel Barley (Cameroon) --
The crafty cousin / William Dalrymple (Syria) --
Incident at San Antonio / Luis Alberto Urrea (Mexico) --
A train, a frog, and aliens / Randy Wayne White (USA) --
They tell me you are big / Todd McEwen (Chicago) --
The transit lounge shuffle / Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (Tanzania) --
The king of the ferret-leggers / Donald Katz (England) --
What I did in the doll house / Sean O'Reilly (Massachusetts) --
The Copenhagen t-shirt / Thom Elkjer (Denmark) --
The rodent / Mark Salzman (China) --
It's a man's world / Lynn Ferrin (Yosemite) --
Penny pinched / Rolf Potts (Thailand) --
Called on the carpet in Marrakech / John Flinn (Morocco) --
Passing the test in Silverton / Gary A. Warner (Australia) --
The fox hunt / J.P. Donleavy (Ireland) --
The reluctant chef and her rainbow special / Cara Tabachnick (Guatemala) --
The elephant that roared / Cleo Paskal (Faroe Islands, North Atlantic) --
Speaking in tongues / Tim Cahill (California) --
Show me the money / Brad Newsham (San Francisco) --
Welcome to Ireland / Dave Barry (Ireland) --
Bad haircuts around the world / Doug Lansky (Asia and South America) --
Fear of not flying / Adair Lara (San Francisco) --
April fool / Nicholas Delbanco (France) --
Mr. Disguise / Richard Sterling (Vietnam) --
Close encounters of the California kind / Michael Lane and Jim Crotty (California) --
A past life / Burley Packwood (India).
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.11)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 3
2.5 1
3 21
3.5 1
4 9
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 158,850,222 books! | Top bar: Always visible