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This Man is Depriving a Village Somewhere of an Idiot: Internet Jokes & Humor 1996-97 [Kindle Edition]

Richard Eisbrouch

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Book Description

About 250 Internet jokes and 100 pieces of Internet humor, mainly from 1996 and 1997, but some were circulated later.

The Internet was invented in the 1970s. In the 1990s, it came into public use. One of the first things people did was contact friends – to see who was on the Internet. Once contact was made, one of the ways people stayed in touch was by sending jokes.

Many of these jokes had probably been around for years. I first heard many of them when I was a kid, and my uncles would tell them to each other at family gatherings. And I have a feeling some of these jokes went back to my uncles' uncles. They were the sort of thing someone described as "the kind of stuff you might have heard while sitting on a courthouse steps, waiting for the Lincoln-Douglas debates to begin."

That pretty well puts the jokes in public domain. Someone originated them, but – by now – no one really owns them. The longer humor pieces in this collection are different. Someone took some time – maybe a good deal of it – to write each piece. Many of these may have been published and were and still are copyrighted. But after years anonymously on the Internet, I'm not sure how to contact these people.

And some of the jokes are rude, and some are crude, and some stereotype one ethnic group or another. I've tried to keep them all fairly gentle. There's nothing in this collection that didn't make me laugh, and probably several thousand jokes were sent to me in this two-year period that were deleted before I finished the first line. Some because I'd seen them before. Others because I immediately remembered the punch line from my childhood and didn't think it was funny then. But that's the point about humor – it's entirely personal. Some people are going to think, "You should have kept the jokes you threw away." Others will think, "Why did you keep these?"

I've edited all the jokes to keep them sharp. Often, there are very good jokes that... just... go... on... too... long. But there's a good set-up and a good punch line, and I've trimmed away what I thought was filler. Of course, some people like the filler. Some people like that it takes a long, long, long time to tip a rary – in the joke, that's a kind of bird. I didn't like the length when I first heard the joke in grade school, and I don't now. And, frankly, even this introduction is going on too long.

I didn't edit the long humor pieces. They clearly had been thought out and purposefully written and needed to be left alone. And if you are one of the authors, or if you know who the author of one of these pieces is, please contact me, so I can arrange permission to distribute the work. Thanks.

So this is a time capsule: 1996 – 97. Or 1956 – 57. Or 1856 – 57. With luck, some of this humor is timeless.

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  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082MTBKI
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More About the Author

I'm a retired scene designer, having spent my career working in regional theater, television, and college teaching. I grew up listening to people tell stories, spent my life as a designer helping directors, actors, and other writers tell stories, and finally started telling some of my own. I generally write for my own enjoyment and hope some other people find pleasure along the way. I write on a range of disconnected subjects but pretty much in the same understated style. And I seem to think my writing has far more humor in it than other people do. Finally, I'm not expecting to become rich by writing. I'd rather be read than rich. So if you happen to like one of my books, please pass on the good word. Thanks.


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