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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 węreld minder vreemd te maak, want nie alle kennis van die węreld 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 węreld om jou sal prikkel. Dit is ’n boek wat op sy eie gelees kan word, wat op die koffietafel kan lę 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.
Skreeusnaaks en uittartend soos net Deon Maas kan.
In hierdie boek ontsien Maas niks of niemand nie. Hy skryf onbeskaamd en doodeerlik oor allerlei eg Suid-Afrikaanse heilige koeie. Afrikaans op kampusse, selfies, baarde, banting, die Guptas en die sogenaamde Stellenbosch Mafia loop deur onder die uitgesproke skrywer se skerp pen. Sy blatante eerlikheid oor alles van mans se “menere” tot Julius Malema, gay huwelike en NG-dominees is verfrissend.
Dit is vlymskerp, omstrede en onvergeetlik.
Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In to quote myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.
Die Groot Drie bied 'n sonderlinge blik op die opkoms, hoogbloei en uiteindelike ondergang van Afrikaner-nasionalisme vanuit die perspektief van drie wereldklas-satirici: D.C. Boonzaier, T.O. Honiball en Fred Mouton. Die Burger is in 1915 in die lewe geroep om as mondstuk te dien vir Afrikaners wat aan die begin van die 20ste eeu op hul kniee gedwing is deur die Anglo-Boereoorlog, verstedeliking en grootskaalse armoede. In die eerste honderd jaar van die koerant se bestaan het net die drie kunstenaars diens gedoen as spotprenttekenaars. Boonzaier het skerp en raak aanvalle op opponente van die Nasionale Party geloods, en die karikatuurkuns ten volle bemeester; die veelsydige Honiball het lesers se empatie gewek met sy speelse styl; en Mouton se uitbeelding van tipies Suid-Afrikaanse tonele het van hom 'n gewilde humorskepper en belangrike meningsvormer gemaak. In hierdie boek gee Francois Verster, Naspers se maatskappy-argivaris, 'n onderhoudende historiese oorsig van die bydrae wat elk van die spotprenttekenaars gelewer het. In hierdie boek gee Francois Verster, Naspers se maatskappy-argivaris, 'n onderhoudende historiese oorsig van die bydrae wat elk van die spotprenttekenaars gelewer het.
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.
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!
If you've ever wondered what happened to the young fellow from Malta who bought his grandfather an altar...If you're concerned about the camper called Jack who found a huge snake in his pack...And if you suspect that an eccentric landowner called Grey spent Christmas a very strange way but aren't sure precisely what that entailed...Then a dip into Michael Palin's Sackful of Limericks will provide all the answers - and a lot of fun besides.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual has now firmly established itself as a Christmas must-have, with an ever-growing army of loyal fans.
Following hot on the heels of last year's Top 10 bestseller, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2015 offers a completely new compendium of strange but true facts and amazing stories, ranging from the daredevil skateboarding mouse to the man who ate 25,000 light bulbs, and from the restaurant that uses a volcano to cook food to the robot that loves playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. Packed with amazing photographs and jaw-dropping facts, Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2015 offers a feast of information and entertainment.
Prepare yourself for this year's Ripley Reality Shock!
So recently my bro Elliot's been learning to read, and it gave me the idea that I should write up our story...also, that way, he can relive everything I've put him through. This is my book! It's a journey filled with laughter (mine), tears (Elliot's) and even romance (hello, Georgina!), and goes from a childhood in sunny Bridgend to ten million followers across the world. There's also exclusive pranks, spitball targets (of Elliot's face, obviously), comic strips, guides to creating your own videos and much more. Now, if you're sitting comfortably, follow me into my wonderful world and Elliot's journey...Sorry Bro!
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.
Over the past 50 years, The Times Diary has provided a daily dose of mirth, gossip, innuendo and anecdote from the pens of such writers as Ion Trewin, Michael Leapman, a brace of Corens (Alan and Giles) and Hugo Rifkind. As the custodian of the column since 2013, as well as being The Times's political sketch-writer, Patrick Kidd presents an anthology of some of the most amusing and diverting stories from the Diary's first half-century. They include the kidnapping of Humphrey, the Downing Street cat; the time that Tony Blair was thrown in prison in New York; Dame Judi Dench's foul-mouthed riposte to a cabbie and how John Major's brother inspired David Bowie; as well as examples from some of the column's long-running series such as Apt Names, Collective Nouns and Jurisprudery.
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