Embarassments and misadventure from such luminaries as Bill Bryson, Anne Lamott, Dave Barry, Douglas Adams, JP Donleavy... but my favorites have to be David Sedaris describing the "Rabbit of Easter" to a Moroccan student in French class, Donald Katz interviewing the king of the "ferret-leggers", and Randy Wayne White taking a jumping frog on a cross-country train trip to Sedona, Arizona.
I tried and tried, but just could not finish this book. I have had more amusing adventures on some of my own vacations. Maybe it got better after the first half of the book, but I will never know because I had to just stop and move on to something more amusing and entertaining.
I Loved this Book!!!! I picked it up expecting a cute fun read, but It was so much better than I expected. Bill Bryson is always a great read,Douglas Adams as well.But every story was interesting and some had me laughing out loud. If you love to travel or just wish you could, you will enjoy this book!
snee reviewed Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales) on
Helpful Score: 1
An entertaining compilation of quick and clever travel essays. If it has Tim Cahill's name on it, as author or editor, it promises to be a worthwhile read. This book is a most excellent choice to amuse you during the endless delays of travel.
This is getting three stars only because of a few laugh out loud stories. Most of them were barely funny or downright stupid (Sedaris). One was horribly long-winded (White).
Some were really laugh out loud funny though - the ending of Lansky's was hilarious when he was talking about the ears and the beginning wasn't too shabby either. Hester and Sterling both had good ones. Lara's and Lamott's were okay like most of the others.
I will say, like another GR member mentioned, that it please me to see that Sedaris wasn't mentioned on the cover. I wouldn't have read this had it been. And reading his story included here strenghened my resolve to get rid of any Sedaris books I may have laying around. (At one time, after trying and not succeeding, to read one of his I kept some others thinking one day I'd give them a shot.... I won't.)
I would like to ask if anyone else has ever heard of ferret-legging? Am I the only one to have never heard of this sport? I'm still trying to decide if it's real or not. (Heading to Google next.) I'd like to meet Reg Mellor. Um, I wouldn't like to "meet" him quite as much as Katz did but I'd love to talk with him for a few minutes - he seems cool as hell. Any man that can put ferrets in his pants and take that beating standing there with a smile is worth a few minutes of your time. There are things just too precious to mess with down there if you ask me - I'd definitely have a few questions for him.....