Games: You're Entitled

Perhaps it's the heat. Or maybe the humidity. Whatever the cause, people everywhere are coming down with a highly contagious disease—the latest running gag. Right now it is the Thinnest Books, a joke started by Comedian Morey Amsterdam. Thin books are insults between covers, and thinking them up is as hard to resist as a second handful of peanuts. Samples:

My Future in Boxing, by Sonny Listen

The Joys of Retirement, by Nikita Khrushchev

Growing Old Gracefully, by Little Orphan Annie

Memoirs of a Lonely Boyhood, by Robert Kennedy

My Years in the White House, by Barry Goldwater

Some are anonymous:

Friends of Charles de Gaulle


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