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This is True: Invisible Man Disappears From View (And 500 Other Bizarre-but-True Stories and Headlines from the World's Press) [v8] [Kindle Edition]

Randy Cassingham
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

+ "A delightful assortment of oddball news items and humorous commentary." --American Medical News

+ "May convince you that the nation's capital isn't the only place where strange things happen. This is True even adds some zinger commentaries to outlandish real-life stories." --USA Today

+ "Randy is a founding father of Internet humor, which wouldn't mean a thing if 'This is True' wasn't reliably funny. It is." --Jim Rosenberg's Monologue

"This is True" is the first entertainment newsletter on the Internet, created by Randy Cassingham as an e-mail newsletter in early 1994. TRUE's mission is to provoke thought through social commentary. But if readers aren't entertained by the stories, they won't read very many. Thus its vehicle, weird-but-true news from legitimate news sources from around the world. The result spans the gamut of the crazy things we humans think we can get away with: this collection of jaw-dropping examples of the human thought process, and the realization that we can do better — a LOT better!

What sort of stories?

+ Man locks himself in a bunker for two weeks to get away from Christmas.

+ After 9/11, airport security detained a retired Marine Corps general for carrying something "suspicious" -- his Congressional Medal of Honor that he was taking to show to students at the West Point military academy.

+ The suspect in a shooting is located in the courthouse: he had reported for jury duty.

The weird-but-true stories come from all over the world, each one punctuated by Randy's wild commentary — a tagline that is humorous, ironic, opinionated, or (with luck) some combination of the three. "Truth is stranger than fiction," Randy likes to say, "because fiction has to make sense."

This is Volume 8 of the series, collecting the eighth year of stories and headlines from mid-2001 to mid-2002. The newsletter is still active, too: see for details.

Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Freelance Communications (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Collection December 3, 2012
By Thomas
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For those that subscribe to either the free edition or the premium edition of This Is True, not description is necessary. For those who haven't encountered it before, prepare great stories (and headlines) on the strange things people do. This isn't just a collection of weird news; Randy adds taglines on the stories that may amuse or infuriate you. Randy doesn't take sides (except he is really against zero tolerance programs), he just looks for people doing or saying stupid things, no matter where they are on the political or religious spectrum. This results in him being called both anti-Republican and anti-Democrat, as well as anti-Christian. Unlike most weird news sites, Randy is willing to accept comments from his readers. Of course, if you write him, you may find your comments showing up in the next edition of This Is True.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Randy Cassingham has been collecting and sharing strange news stories for almost 20 years now. Often funny and always thought-provoking, this collection features weird-but-true stories ranging from outrageously funny to just plain outrageous.

The format -- all single-paragraph stories, each with a headline and tagline -- makes this a good book to keep on your phone to pick up whenever you have a few minutes. Watch out, though: it's way too easy to read "just one more story"...over and over and over!

Some stories feature follow-ups, such as a couple who marketed a bizarre invention who later brought it to "Shark Tank," or how politicians' careers fared after some embarrassing incident. Others feature links to expanded stories on the author's blog. In some cases this is nice because it opens up to additional related thoughts or discussion, while in other places ("Click here to see a photo") it makes me wonder, why didn't he just include the photo?

One of the interesting things about this collection is that it spans 2001-2002, so it offers a look back at the post-9/11 days, the paranoia of the anthrax scare, and the spread of Zero Tolerance school policies. It's an interesting view of some of the events that have shaped today's political climate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Excited. December 2, 2012
By Ozzie
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What can I say? As a LONG time subscriber, I'm thrilled that I can finally share a large collection of these stories with friends and relatives this holiday season. So worth the price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem December 28, 2012
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Here's another great collection gleaned from Randy Cassingham's vast archive of curious but true stories. Altogether entertaining, amusing and instructive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can make you think and funny too December 25, 2012
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Small stories from around the world. They are meant to be just plain fun to read and some times ponder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and funny December 23, 2012
By Sabriel
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I love Randy's Cassingham's This is True newsletters. He has a unique way of delivering true stories that are strange with a little twist of humor. I would recommend this to anyone.
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More About the Author

Randy Cassingham is an American syndicated columnist, humorist, publisher, and speaker, and formerly was on the engineering staff of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Cassingham is the author of the weekly news feature "This is True" (founded online in 1994), one of the first for-profit e-mailed newsletters on the Internet. (In January 1997, an expanded paid version became one of the first paid e-mailed newsletters on the Internet.) It is still published weekly, and each year's stories are collected into book form.

Randy bills This is True as "Thought-Provoking Entertainment". "Who wants to read it if it's not entertaining?" he asks. "But once you do, you can't help but to start thinking about some of the issues raised."

Randy is also the Founder of the "True Stella Awards" (founded 2002), a web site dedicated to exploring frivolous legal cases. The site was expanded into a 2005 book of the same name, published by Dutton, an imprint of the Penguin Group.

Randy has been the keynote speaker at several of The Skeptics Society's annual conferences, and has spoken at several Mensa Gatherings -- he and his wife, Kit, are life members of Mensa. They live in rural Western Colorado, where they are volunteer Medics for their area.

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