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@RANDOLPH\Pissing in the Snow@"As ripe, raunchy and unprintable as honest 'country humor' could possibly be... Randolph is absolute tops among America's folklorists." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Vance Randolph was the author and coauthor of several books, including "Ozark Superstitions, We Always Lie to Strangers, "and "Who Blowed Up the Church House? "

Green is director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252013646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252013645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I took a strange but ultimately interesting course in American Folklore back at good old MWC. Our Professor made us read this book, and I can never thank him enough. I am still not sure what the purpose of us reading this book was, but the stories were hilarious. I laughed so much reading these stories. Many of which were simply extended dirty jokes. This was by far the best book I read at college. I don't know much about Folklore, but at the very least if you want to read a funny book, get pissing in the snow.
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I have a copy of this book that has been with me for a number of years now and every now and again, I find myself leafing through it. It never ever fails to bring a chuckle or a down right laugh. This is a collection, for lack of a better word, of Dirty Jokes, dating back to the 1800's. The jokes and stories range from the cute to the absolute raunchy. They, for the most part are presented in the dialect of the teller. The author has gone to great pains to research their origins and has given credit to the individual teller when ever possible. Being well in to my dotage now, these jokes are the ones I grew up with here in the Ozarks (in fact, I personally know some of the individuals mentioned in the book), and they never fail to bring back fond memories. Most of the jokes, like most of the people in this area at that era, are very earthy and to the point. I suppose there may be those who might be offended, but they are, the jokes and stories, apart of our heritage and I am grateful to the author for having preserved them. For those that are offended, and I rather pity them, well they certainly need not read past the first page. Many of these stories would be lost now for not for his research and his recordings. Recommend this one highly and recommend this one be one you buy and keep as you will no doubt want to give it a reread and it is certainly something that future generations should have.
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Format: Paperback
When I fetched this book from a friend I knew it was a-going to be a good'un. Filled to the brim with rural anecdotes, for womenfolk and fellas alike, "Pissing in the Snow" is sure to get any reader plumb excited.

All regionalisms aside, I truly did enjoy this book. It starts a bit slow, but once the old-fashioned nature is understood and appreciated, the country boy jokes about bodily functions and not-so-veiled references to intercourse keep the laughs coming. Replete with colloquialisms such as "twitchet" for female sexual anatomy and "tallywhacker" for the male organ, the stories should elicit a sense of nostalgia from anyone who's heard a good campfire joke told by someone from The Great Generation.

Most of the time the stories revolve around a preacher, a traveling salesman, clever country folks tricking dumb city folks, or the ubiquitous farmer with a young naïve daughter about to be deflowered. The language used throughout is interesting to say the least, with improper verb conjugation and pronoun usage sentences like, "That's just what Bobby Ray done, too!" are not uncommon.

My favorite part of each story was the ending. Each ending is supposed to confirm the veracity of the story, but only adds doubt. It's like hearing someone end every story with, "For real!" They come across like a story from your Grandpa, creating a positive, enjoyable vibe that amplifies the innocence past. Without what would be considered vulgarity by today's standards, "Pissing in the Snow" proves there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to humor. There may be times when readers from the big city will dismiss this as boring or unintelligent, but I reckon if you-uns read this here collection of stories you'll think differently, because Amazon readers is smarter than that, anyhow.
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The author traveled the Appalachians and chronicled Ozark folk tales in the 1950s. He published them, but there were certain stories that could not be published in those more restrictive times.

This is a compilation of the stories they couldn't print. I have always loved short stories, and these are as short as you can get.

Very nice to purchase books at such great prices.

Unfortunately a neighbor saw me right after I took it out of the mailbox. He thought I picked it up from a stack of books in the lounge. He looked at it, put it in his pocket and left.
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My husband told me about this book 36 years ago, as it was one he'd owned (and lost) before we met. After all these years, I decided to find a copy, and I'm cheering that Amazon makes it possible to discover even the most obscure title.

The author spent 40 years collecting the folklore of the Ozark mountains (near where my husband grew up in Missouri, which explains their original appeal). While Randolph was generally regarded as a "distinguished collector of folk tales," he had a set of "bawdy" stories that universities would frown upon in the five books published in the 50s.

...And thus this book. Because by "folklore," I mean, "101 dirty jokes that you could no longer getting away with telling in public." As the prologue explains, "Obscenity in folklore was, in fact, an issue that most early folklorists avoided. Many either refused to collect such materials (when informants offered them in the course of singing ALL the ballads in their repertoire) or refused to deal with them once they had been collected." But Randolph felt that "obscene elements occupy a prominent place in American folklore, and should be accorded proportional representation in the literature."

You can take the book for the scholarly collection it is (really it IS), or enjoy it as a set of jokes you most certainly cannot tell at work.

Need a sample? Of course you do. The folktale of the title:

One time, there was two farmers that lived out on the road to Carico. They was always good friends, and Bill's oldest boy had been a-sparking one of Sam's daughters. Everything was going fine till the morning they met down by the creek, and Sam was pretty god-dam mad.
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