Dave Barry's Bad Habits: A 100% Fact-Free Book

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1993 - Humor - 292 pages
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If you're not already acquainted--nay, infatuated--with the works of the man who the New York Times calls "the funniest man in America," you can get cracking right now with this all-time favorite collection of Dave Barry's humor columns. Dave Barry's Bad Habits won't rot your teeth, cause your insurance premiums to go up, or make your kids go cross-eyed if they sit too close to it. It will, however, make you laugh so hard your middle actually moves (the best exercise, and possibly the only kind you'll be interested in after forty). Here, preserved for all time, are Barry's profoundest musings on such topics as how to get kids to stop smoking (eliminate tenth grade), what to do if your car is making loud noises (turn up the radio), and a solution to the battle of the sexes (let the men do housework, say, for the next six thousand years to even things up). Together they serve to expose the little insanities of everyday life and assure us that we're not completely alone in a world gone mad.

 

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Contents

Its in the Genes
3
Barbecuing Is the Pits
6
A Solution to Housework
9
ThreePronged Attack
13
Theyve Got Our Number
15
Okay Now Try the Engine
18
The Problem with Pets
21
Governmental Follies
25
Great Baby Delicious
147
Bsts and Baby Care
150
Suet Wont Do It
152
Dentistry SelfDrilled
157
Culture Staggers On
161
Art Cuts Really Sphinx
163
Some Art Some Art Not
166
Music to Get Rich By
168

Fungus on the Economy
27
Give Wall Street Credit
30
Outbungling the Commies
32
Its Drafty in here
35
MX Is the Way to Go Bye
38
MX Service Warranty
40
Birthday Celebration
43
Why Not a Postal Service?
46
The Leak Detectors
49
States for Sale Cheap
51
There Auto Be a Law
54
Youll Look Radiant
57
Government at Work
60
Taxation Without Reservation
65
A Taxing Proposal
67
Our Patriotic Booty
69
Taxpayers Blues
72
The Media Is the Messup
77
Perking Up the News
79
Junkyard Journalism
82
Bring Back Captain Video
85
In Depth but Shallowly
88
Radios Air Heads
92
What to Ban on Video
94
Subtract Those Ads
96
Low Finance
101
A Matter of Life and Debt
103
FullService Bankruptcy
105
The Net May Be Gross
108
AntiInsurance Policy
111
Build Your Own Mess
114
God Needs the Money
117
Health Habits
121
Exercising Your Rights
123
Programs for the Unfit
125
Jogging tor President
128
A Cola Cure? Who Nose?
131
Male Delivery Room
133
Tale of the Tapeworm
135
Injurious to Your Wealth
138
Psychiatrist for Rent
140
Oaf of Hippocrates
143
Prurient Interest Rate
173
Compressed Classics
176
A Little Learning
181
Basic Frog Glop
183
Schools Not So Smart
185
Why We Dont Read
187
What Is and Aint Grammatical
191
It Takes a Lot of Gaul
194
How to Trap a Zoid
197
College Admissions
200
Scientific Stuff
205
Barrys Key to Life
207
Basic as Atom and Eve
210
Boredom on the Wing
212
Whats Alien You?
215
Is It Terminal?
218
Bring Back Carls Plague
221
Socket to Them
223
Cloudy with a Chance of
226
Eat Drink and Be Wary
229
The Art of Wine Snobbery
231
Beer Is the Solution
233
Hold the Bean Sprouts
236
Rooting for Rutabagas
239
Traveling Light
243
Vacation Reservations
245
Trip to Balmy California
248
The Plane Truth
251
Maybe
255
The Sporting Life
259
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
261
Football Deflated
264
Gunning for Safety
266
Something Fishy Here
269
Tips from the Bottom
273
Serf Wanted
275
Wedding Etiquette
277
Look I Got You a Gift
281
About Lawn Order
284
The Law vs Justice
286
Into the Round File
289
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning former syndicated columnist at the Miami Herald, Dave Barry is the author of many funny books, including Dave Barry Talks Back and Dave Barry Does Japan, and co-author of the young adult series Peter and the Starcatchers.

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