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10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories p3

READERSVOICE.COM aims to highlight some samples from old and out of print books. This issue focuses on some of the howlers featured in one section of 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories, edited by Lewis and Faye Copeland, from 1939.

Peace or war deemed near. – Oshcosh (Wis) paper.

“Leonore” only opera Beethoven wrote on Monday evening. – San Antonio (Tex.) Express.

Senator – is tight on the job at Washington. – Havre (Mont) paper. [Tight means drunk].

He lost his balance and was thrown to the street. The horse continued its mad dash down Tiogue Street for several hundred years, then stopped of its own accord. – Providence Journal.

No Governor in many years has been able to love on the salary paid him, even though he is supplied with a furnished home rent-free. – Petersberg (Va.) paper.

Here a massacre of 450,000 Christians took place, 126 B.C. – Caption in a Hollywood magazine. [B.C. stands for Before Christ.]

No other trains run so far for so long a distance as the “Florida Special.” – Boston News Bureau.

There are many other sections in this book, devoted to various themes. 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories is worth reading for a few laughs, and the occasional groan.