101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die

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Macmillan, Jan 23, 2007 - Humor - 192 pages
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A witty, subversive guide that turns conventional "wisdom"" upside down!
 
Too many books tell us what to do to achieve happiness---unfortunately, often at great risk, expense, or effort. 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die is not one of those books. It's a book for the rest of us.
Robert W. Harris says it's what we don't do that determines our happiness quotient. Using the exciting principle of "selective inaction," the author helps us adjust our thinking so we can make more satisfying decisions in everyday situations.
For example, do you think you'll feel complete if you try to run with the bulls? Don't do it! Do you feel compelled to drive around searching for the "best" parking spot? Don't do it! Are you sometimes tempted to confuse Randy Quaid with Dennis Quaid? Just don't do it!
Do you think that you should watch the colorized version of It's a Wonderful Life? Or ponder the lyrics to "Louie, Louie"? Or read War and Peace? Or push an elevator button more than twice? Think again! In many cases, you'll be better off not doing what "they" say you should do. Let 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die be your guide to getting more out of life---simply by doing less.
 

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Rather than put together a list of exciting things you'll never get around to doing, author Harris (When Good People Write Bad Sentences) presents a guide to navigating everyday choices that routinely ... Read full review

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Dont watch the colorized version of Its a Wonderful Life
1
Dont try to bathe with a sliver of soap
3
Dont hunt for the best parking spot
5
Dont eat snails even when called escargot
7
Dont run with the bulls in Pamplona
9
Dont try to figure out the lyrics to Louie Louie
11
Dont use premium gas when regular is appropriate
13
Dont worry about the inconsistencies on Gilligan s Island
15
Dont overvalue symmetry
90
Dont read War and Peace
91
Dont get caught in the rain
93
Dont equate lite with healthy
95
Dont solve problems by brute force
97
Dont buy insurance in blackjack
99
Dont get confused about who won the most Olympic gold
101
Dont give necessities as gifts
102

Dont Jump to conclusions
17
Dont accumulate nonfunctional pens
18
Dont eat the wrong snack during a movie
19
Dont push an elevator button more than twice
21
Dont be impressed when a Realtor says crown molding
23
Dont use a dangerous can opener
25
Dont try to beat the red lights
27
Dont fall into a cheese rut
29
Dont settle for wire clothes hangers
30
Dont leave home unprepared
31
Dont mistake commercial printing for original art
33
Dont let telemarketers ruin your day
35
Dont expect an egg cream to contain eggs or cream
37
Dont fear the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle
39
Dont cook spaghetti al dente
41
Dont lock yourself out
42
Dont listen to prognosticators
43
Dont disparage Nixon more than necessary
45
Dont use a flowrestricting shower head
47
Dont be intimidated by obstacles
49
Dont take a budget bus tour of Europe
51
Dont assemble absurdly difficult jigsaw puzzles
53
Dont put too much faith in polls
54
Dont eat more than you want
55
Dont see the movie before reading the novel
57
Dont worry about the changing geopolitical scene
59
Dont buy fakewood furniture
61
Dont spend your loose change
63
Dont think of Paul Winchell as Just a ventriloquist
65
Dont be a passive spectator
66
Dont let a dead car battery inconvenience you
67
Dont expect all art to be pretty
69
Dont wait idly
71
Dont make tuna salad with mayonnaise
73
Dont forget who the real Batman is
75
Dont forget whats in your freezer
77
Dont say It could be worse
78
Dont use pointless precision
79
Dont try to understand the rationale behind the PED XING signs
81
Dont be a victim of Junk mail
83
Dont watch magic with the left side of your brain
85
Dont get the good quotes wrong
87
Dont create an indestructible home
89
Dont write emails in all caps
103
Dont refer to the past as a simpler time
105
Dont finish a novel if its not entertaining
107
Dont let your limitations become excuses
109
Dont serve ham at Thanksgiving
111
Dont read the popup ads on TV
113
Dont put an inane greeting on your answering machine
114
Dont play Scrabble by the conventional rules
115
Dont use Times and Helvetica fonts
117
Dont expect good grammar from the citizenry
119
Dont pay your bills by mail
121
Dont let others tell you whats in the Constitution
123
Dont risk losing important personal items
125
Dont tell your dreams to the wrong people
126
Dont brag about your gas mileage
127
Dont fall for the Gamblers Fallacy
129
Dont use a paper clip to do a binder clips Job
131
Dont use boring adjectives
133
Dont pick movies based on critics reviews
135
Dont wake up to an alarm
137
Dont think that failure is the opposite of success
138
Dont eat canned spinach
139
Dont say utilize when use will do
141
Dont expect scientific studies to reveal the truth
143
Dont use oldfashioned pot holders
145
Dont forget the people you meet
147
Dont take 11 items to the Express Lane
149
Dont use all of your brain power
150
Dont embrace the 1 coins
151
Dont ignore your ideas
153
Dont look at the keyboard
155
Dont write indecisively
157
Dont underestimate the size of the universe
159
Dont let the pessimists get you down
161
Dont keep gloves in your glove compartment
162
Dont fret over the salt on potato chips
163
Dont forget who shot JR
165
Dont become a measurement chauvinist
167
Dont use boring postage stamps
169
Dont become a wine expert
171
Dont confuse Randy Quaid with Dennis Quaid
173
Dont make a list of 101 unusual things to do before you die
175
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Robert W. Harris earned degrees in art and cognitive psychology and then worked as a teacher for ten years. Since 1990, he has authored a dozen books, including When Good People Write Bad Sentences (St. Martin's Press).

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