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Ons weet dat die maan iets met die getye te doen het, maar het jy geweet dat jy met volmaan altyd dieselfde kant van die maan sien? Of dat weerligstrale vol vernietigende elektrisiteit is, maar dat ’n elektriese paling ’n lading van tot 600 volt kan vrystel?
Hierdie feite is deel van ’n magdom kennis oor die natuur, fisiese wetenskap en die ruimte wat die RSG-program Hoe verklaar jy dit? reeds jare lank beantwoord. Hierdie publikasie bevat ’n keur uit die honderde vrae van nuuskierige luisteraars wat deur kundiges verduidelik is om die wêreld minder vreemd te maak, want nie alle kennis van die wêreld om ons is voor die hand liggend nie. Daar is honderde verskynsels in die natuur en ruimte wat vra om verklaar te word. Dan praat ons nie eens van die mensgemaakte uitvindings soos die internet, persoonlike rekenaars, globale posisioneringstelsels, selfone, radiogolwe, teorie van evolusie, relatiwiteitsteorie, narkose en mense in die ruimte nie. Agter die alledaagse skuil die fassinerende werking van kragte en wette en die wetenskap in werking: Wat bepaal dat ’n mens se hart aan die linkerkant van die liggaam sit? Hoekom vries water in ’n dam van bo en nie van onder af nie? Kan gene deur omstandighede gemodifiseer word?
Hoe Verklaar Jy Dit? is ’n boek wat jou belangstelling in die wêreld om jou sal prikkel. Dit is ’n boek wat op sy eie gelees kan word, wat op die koffietafel kan lê en wat saam kan gaan kamp om wonderlike gesprekke om die braaivleisvuur uit te lok.
Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.
Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!
For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant. But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm. So, whether he's pondering: If Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants Or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to Jeremy is still trying to make sense of the big stuff.
Paige is best known for A Million Miles From Normal, her weekly column in the Sunday Times Life & Style magazine. As one of the anchor columnists of the Life & Style section since 2011, she has produced hundreds of hilarious columns and received hundreds more hilarious responses.
Pens Behaving Badly is a collection of the best of her columns and the best of the wild letters they’ve inspired.
Om sin te maak van die hele virtuele warboel in die 21ste eeu moet ’n mens hoog en laag soek. En dis presies wat die bekroonde digter en joernalis Danie Marais doen in Pruimtwak & Skaduboksers – ’n onderhoudende versameling van rubrieke, essays, heildronke en nabetragtings wat met speelse erns en entoesiasme die verbande verken tussen boeke, die tydsgees, popkultuur en die verdwaasde gewone ou wat naweke in sy braaivleisvuur tuur.
In hierdie stukke wonder Marais – soms sober, soms skertsend – wat geword het van rock 'n' roll, sy generasie X en randfigure soos Peter Blum.
Alles en almal van Darth Vader, die Simpsons, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Fokofpolisiekar, die boeremusieklegende David de Lange en The Big Lebowski tot die agterryers van die Anglo-Boereoorlog praat saam in ’n bundel wat jou laat glimlag én dink.
A humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd.
Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.
For five years, Ndumiso Ngcobo, South Africa’s favourite big-headed columnist, has entertained Sunday Times readers with his hallucinations: amusing anecdotes, outlandish opinions and furiously funny tales that are required reading for legions of fans.
Eat, Drink & Blame The Ancestors is a collection of Ngcobo’s most memorable columns in that time, edited and reworked for maximum effect, providing the perfect overview of his unique and wonderful insights.
Whether he’s consuming fermented beverages and communing with the ancestors, describing life with his terrorist children and skollie dog (RIP Spiderman), or dissecting dung-beetle philosophy with the Men of Thurst, this is the finest and funniest writing in the land.
How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can't trust the media any longer, but there's no need to fret: Don't Panic, I'm Islamic: Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door provides you with the answers. Read this book to learn how you too can spot an elusive Islamist. Discover how Arabs (even 21-year-old, largely innocuous and totally adorable ones) plant bombs and get tips about how to interact with Homeland Security, which may or may not involve funny discussions about your sexuality. Commissioned in response to the US travel ban, Don't Panic, I'm Islamic includes cartoons, graffiti, photography, colouring in pages, memoir, short stories and more by 34 contributors from around the world. Provocative and at times laugh-out-loud funny, these subversive pieces are an explosion of expression, creativity and colour.
"My old assisstent wrote a book. Preorder it cuz I fired her so now shes poor & I like doing charity 4 peple cuz I a good person" -Miranda SingsMost people might not get angry at someone for going the speed limit. Or for liking coleslaw or cantaloupe. Or for someone not responding to a ridiculously hilarious text message. Or reality show recaps. But lucky for you, Rachel Ballinger is not most people. She will yell at people and inanimate objects. Why? Because that person or thing Pissed. Her. Off. 101 Things That Piss Me Off is a quick-witted and comical collection based on Rachel's hit Youtube series "You Know What Pisses Me Off," featuring never-before-heard rants, along with photographs and illustrations to help demonstrate. Using light-hearted anger, Rachel aims to show that being heated, passionate and expressive about things we care for is important. And fun.
It's the biggest, happiest, scariest day of your life - but you don't have to feel alone. Michael Powell has collected wit and wisdom from a host of celebrity couples as they recall the day they tied the knot. From dodgy stag/hen night antics, to mislaid rings and dodgy Best Man speeches, you'll be laughing well into your honeymoon and beyond.
If you thought all taxi drivers were the same, meet Mama Taxi. Proudly South African Mavis and her sister Zandi bravely tackle the busy roads to bring you a woman's perspective from behind the flying wheels of the taxi industry.
This job needs a fearless woman with guts and a steely determination to obey the rules of the road. Shoot a red light? Talk on the cellphone while making a U-turn? Never! Be polite to cops at all times? Of course!
Mama Taxi - The Collection will appeal to all who share Mavis and Zandi's world, collectors of cartoons and anyone with a sense of humour. The little pink taxi roars through the pages of five national daily newspapers and if this is your first introduction to the cartoon strip, buckle up for a fun ride!
Just when you thought it was safe to put down your pens, Alfie Deyes is back with everyone's favourite journal! This time it includes some brand-new challenges and activities - from Haikus to recipes and riddles to mindfulness. Full of classic favourites, too, Alfie invites you to rejoin his online following and pick up the The Pointless Book 3 to once again do virtually nothing with pride!
Carlton's best-selling series of Wrinklies books continues with this, the second illustrated outing. First there was Wrinklies' Wit & Wisdom, then came the Wrinklies' Joke Book, and now Illustrated Wrinklies' Wit & Wisdom. Page after page of humorous quotations and funny photographs to match make this book the perfect gift for the 'oldies' in your life! "Getting older is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get." (Keith Richards). "Who cares? Let's get it out there, while it lasts. At 70, I'll be throwing them over my shoulders." (Catherine Zeta Jones referring to her topless photos). "You could have the best sex of your life in your 60s and 70s...if you never had sex until you were 60 or 70." (Nora Ephron).
Looking for the ideal pocket-size gift for the original number-1 woman in your life? Didn't think mums could make you laugh? Think again. "The Little Book of Mothers' Wit and Wisdom" contains the absolute cream of the crop of classic one-liners from a rich variety of the red-hot mammas who feature in the original full-length bestseller. Covering all the joys of motherhood, celebrated matriarchs from Queen Victoria to Victoria Wood deliver belly laughs and offer pearls of maternal wisdom on such topics as morning sickness and baby antics, playground politics and raising hormonal teenagers, frenzied mealtimes and dreary household chores.Not just on Mother's Day but on any occasion, "The Little Book of Mothers' Wit and Wisdom" will give every mother the one thing she appreciates most (apart from an uninterrupted night's sleep): a good laugh.
It's a memorable year in Scotland. The country will vote on independence, Glasgow will welcome the world to the Commonwealth Games, and the world's best golfers battle it out in the Ryder Cup on Scottish soil. Meanwhile, Scots do what they always do - eat and drink too much, complain about the weather and, fortunately, have a laugh about it. Their tales of the funniest events will be sent to The Herald newspaper's iconic Diary column, and the best of them are gathered here.
In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot-but it couldn't last.William Knoedelseder was then a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of several of the future stars. And he was there when the comedians-who were not paid by the clubs where they performed- tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I'm Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there. As comedy clubs and cable TV began to boom, many would achieve stardom...but success had its price
According to a completely made up report, the average adult spends up to half an hour each day on the toilet. This time is often spent contemplating your diet, your toenails or the state of your underwear. But now it can be devoted to laughing your rear end off, and where better to do so that the smallest room of the house?
Dogs may be man's best friend, but there is no stronger bond than that which exists between a pup and his pals. Whether they are sharing their bowls, playing with their favourite toy, or are snuggled up together in their favourite sofa spot, there is no love quite like puppy love. From puppy piles to old crooners, Puppy Love is filled with beautiful photos of canine kindred spirits - in all shapes and sizes!Perfect for dog lovers, or simply lovers, this collection of dogs at their most adorable is sure to melt any heart.
Children are little gems, not least for their sense of humour and the hilariously funny things they spring on us, whether intentional or not. The author started collecting the cute and surprising things her grandchildren said, and was soon joined by friends and family, all of whom had something to contribute. The result is this collection of stories and one-liners, which is bound to make even the dourest among us smile. A mirror of real life with children, this title often reveals profound wisdom behind the humour, verbalising the most honest and revealing thoughts that seem to need the innocence of a child for the humour to shine through. It has a timeless, universal appeal and will be lapped up and enjoyed by parents, grandparents and teachers alike. At times side-splittingly funny, the stories in this collection have been divided into chapters dealing with everyday aspects of life, such as old age, children's ailments, family and siblings, love and emotions, and children's concepts about God and religion.
Footballers are often maligned for their intelligence but no-one can dispute that they have provided some of the funniest quotes (intentionally or not) in the history of sport - and "Pulled Off at Half-Time" is the ultimate collection of these hilarious comic offerings. The title, inspired by a famous Rodney Marsh quote too risque to repeat here, sets the standard for the 1000 quotes from and about the most famous names in football.
Des MacHale's brilliant "Wit" series is the finest collection of humorous quips and repartee ever assembled. This is the seventh volume in the series and far from scraping the barrel; MacHale has merely cast his net wider. We can now split our sides at the sparkling wit of new younger humorists. For whilst MacHale has not forsaken old favourites, those inexhaustible wells of wit, Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde and Woody Allen, he has also included the likes of Kathy Lette, Gary Shandling and Jeremy Clarkson.
The fifth volume in the best collection of witty remarks ever published, joins Wit, More Wit, Yet More Wit and Wit - the Last Laugh as the crowning glory in this magnificent compendium of short, sharp quips. The wonderful Des MacHale, Mathematics Professor at University College, Cork, and lifetime collector of funny remarks and devastating repartee, brings us another brilliant selection. Organised by theme, so all the quotations on medicine and doctors, for example, are together, and the same goes for media and films, sports, politics, love and marriage, sex, food, education and many other subjects. As well as brilliant quotes from classic humorists such as Oscar Wilde and Woody Allen, we have Noel Coward, Winston Churchill, Lenny Bruce, Rita Rudner, Groucho Marx, WC Fields, Spike Milligan etc, etc. "Marriage - "I was married by a judge, but should have asked for a jury." Groucho Marx; Nationalities - "The French hate anything ugly. If they see an ugly animal, they eat it immediately." Jeremy Clarkson; Sport - "The entire contents of the Manchester City trophy room have been stolen. Police are looking for a man carrying a light blue carpet." Bernard Manning"
This was the third volume in Des MacHale's best-selling Wit series, the best collection of witty remarks ever published. This volume was previously published as Yet More Wit but under that title it languished; it looked like an also ran, yet it was every bit as good as the original Wit. It joins Wit, Wit - the Last Laugh and Wit Rides Again in this magnificent compendium of short, sharp quips. The wonderful Des MacHale, Mathematics Professor at University College, Cork, and lifetime collector of funny remarks and devastating repartee, is the star performer at humour conferences round the world, and is the author of a multitude of books. The volume is organised by theme, so all the quotations on medicine and doctors, for example, are together, as are quotes relating to media and films, sports, politics, love and marriage, sex, food, education and many other subjects. As well as brilliant quotes from classic humorists such as Oscar Wilde and Woody Allen, we have Noel Coward, Winston Churchill, Lenny Bruce, Rita Rudner, Groucho Marx, WC Fields, Spike Milligan etc, etc. "Marriage - "I was married by a judge, but should have asked for a jury." Groucho Marx; Places - "I went to Naples to see Vesuvius and do you know what? The bloody fools had let it go out." Spike Milligan"
Some of the most famous wits in history have taken to adapting or building upon well-worn and everyday expressions that we all know and giving them new life by subverting them for their own purposes. The compilers of this book have sought out the finest of these revised proverbs and phrases from Sam Goldwyn's mixed metaphors to John Lennon's nonsense and Dorothy Parker's barbed girl-power cynicism.
Taking the very best quotes from the phenomenon that is fmylife.com where people share their embarassing experiences, describing in a few sentences the horrific moment that ruined their day. Debate rages about which entries really happened but the best FMLs are the ones you just couldn't make up. "F My Life: World Tour" proves that the same unfortunate events occur every day, to all sorts of people, right across the globe. This book is an incredible collection of schadenfreude (that's German for having a LOL at someone else's misery).
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