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The Definitive Guide to Underground Humor: Quaint Quotes about Death, Funny Funeral Home Stories, and Hilarious Headstone Epitaphs Paperback – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Offbeat Pub; 2nd edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964844281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964844285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . a light, humorous approach to a serious subject we all must face. Ed shows that even in the gravest of situations, humor can be found." -- Christopher J. Dodd, US Senator from Connecticut

"Edward Bergin has a good, quick sense of humor and he can write." -- John Daley, Republican-American

"That is a great book . . ." -- John G. Rowland, Governor of Connecticut

"What is going to happen to us when we die, if these anecdotes are any indication, will be pretty damn funny . . . After a couple of readings, I arrived at the opinion that the book should be on the required reading list of every college in the country. It should be the subject of graduate dissertations. Edward Bergin should be on 'Nightline'." -- Alistair Highet, Litchfield County Times

"Yes, there is humor and human nature aplenty in this book . . ." -- Richard Tambling, The Journal Inquirer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By diane.lewis@snet.net on June 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
What a witty and clever fellow this Ed Bergin is to have put together such a unique collection of funny funeral-related stories, headstone epitaphs, and quotes about death. While death isn't a laughing matter, this book proves that funny things happen when you're dealing with people, dead or alive. It's great to see that funeral professionals working under the most stressful conditions have occasional reasons to laugh. If you have an advanced sense of humor, you will appreciate this book. It's not for stiffs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark B. Chiavaroli on February 2, 2001
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Well, there have been 6 reviews of 'Underground Humor' before me. With the obvious contrast of the reviews being all or nothing. I can only speculate that those negative reviews are from persons who have never worked in the funeral industry. My wife and I are both from the death care background and we both loved it as well as many of our associates. The only friend of ours that did not appreciate the book has never been part of the funeral biz, nor does he ever want to be part of it. So go figure. Well, as I see it, if you're in the biz, you'll love it, if not, oh well..... I give it two well-embalmed thumbs up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on March 12, 2001
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This is an interesting, small (95 pages) book filled with funeral and related humor. It's not for everyone, but many readers will enjoy the humor as related by "funeral workers." The major topics include Quaint Quotes, Ridiculous Removals and Funeral Arrangements, Wacky Wakes, Funny Funerals, and Hilarious Headstones. There are about 120 different stories, jokes and miscellaneous included. It makes for interesting reading and can bring you some smiles. Those who are offended by humor related to death and dying will not appreciate the book. Other readers will enjoy it. It's a change from the ordinary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book pokes fun at the normally morbid lives of undertakers. A great table top book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1997
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I really beleive that there is life after death. And because of this, my passion is to help people face their loved ones death. This book has truly set me on fire with laughter. I've always thought that I'd make a good mortician. I'm now pursuing a degree at the U.Of Mn. Mortuary Science program. Wish me luck. I'm staring full-time this summer, and will apply to the degree program next year
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Diglio on December 27, 2001
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This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I personally dislike humor...unless it's morbid...or about death....or epitaphs......and this book is perfect. Ed Bergin is a wonderful writer....He looks @ death's "lighter side"....I highly recommend this book ....Some of the tales are "to die for!"...Pun so intended. Enjoy. ;) Don't be ascared...heh.
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