1. Having purchased The Top 100 Numbered Lists for an acquaintance’s birthday, I was thumbing through it on the funicular and was shocked to find that there are in fact only ninety-nine lists! A glance at the table of contents suffices to confirm this astonishing fraud perpetrated by the publishers on an unsuspecting public. They are all listed there, from 1 (“Best uses for sprouted mangelwurzels”) to 99 (“Persons who had better leave thirty thousand pounds in a paper bag on the corner of Vine and 18th Avenue by 6:30 PM on January 13th, or you know what will happen”). I immediately returned to the store and demanded, and after several hours of discussion received, a 1% refund.

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