I was poking around in my attic (yes, some Phoenix homes have attics) looking for an old photo neg and as usual found myself distracted by a hitherto unnoticed box of books I had tucked away.
And what a treasure trove of oddities it was indeed!
Apparently I had stored a lot of my quirky humor books in the box and underneath several David Sedaris, Dave Barry, Steve Martin, Woody Allen and Bill Bryson collections, I hit real paydirt in the form of…
I have to admit that I have no idea where, why or how I acquired many of these. I used to haunt Friends of the Library and VNSA sales and was a frequent visitor to Tempe’s original Changing Hands bookstore.
The Dan Greenburg book is especially clever as he unveils famous works of art with naughty little lift-up transparencies.
The photo of the hand with tongue (thumb) sticking out is from a book called Humands.
The Mecham book is a wonderful collection of quotes from the disgraced former governor of Arizona, as chronicled in a recent blog post.
Special Moments is a set of beautifully photographed actual postcards with very odd and unexpected reverse sides.
Here are a few more for your delectation.
- “The earth is like a grain of sand, only much much heavier.”
- “If someone should find a wallet containing a boiled potato, a tooth, and a laundry ticket, should he be considered lucky?”
- “Some ask when is the best time to marry. My reply is this: A field ripe with clover, pomegranates and figs does not require the Archangel to determine where a canine hath dirtied.”
Here are a few others.
I’d love to give an excerpt from Lea Delaria’s book of rules but couldn’t find anything that wouldn’t get me in trouble. Sheep in a Jeep on the other hand is so deliriously amusing, page-by-rhyming-page, that I cannot resist giving the final punch line: “Jeep for sale — Cheap.”
We leave you for today with former Disney artist, Ward Kimball’s…
…and Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” fresco, among some 40 other irreverent adaptations.