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Funny Books - A Stingray Bit My Nipple


A Stingray Bit My Nipple
True Stories From Real Travelers
Eric Torkells / Budget Travel
Andrews McMeel 2008
218 pages

Jeff Foxworthy says, "If a beaver bites off your nipple. You might be a redneck" What are you if you are the traveler who claims A Stingray Bit My Nipple in this collection of very strange travel stories taken from the pages of Budget Travel and edited by Eric Torkells.

This 218 page travel book of sorts definitely belongs in the light and fluffy category. Half the pages are 5 or 6 sentence anecdotes and the other half are photographs supporting the outrageous travel story.

Some of the stories in A Stingray Bit My Nipple belong in the urban legend category such as the driver with a "Honk if you love Jesus" bumpersticker who gave the finger to a couple honking their horn or the traveler who bartered a camel ride down to 10 dollars from 20 and then being asked for 10 more to be let off. Coincidentally these stories do not come with a supporting photograph.

Some of these travel anecdotes are cute - funny like the woman who insisted she wanted nothing for desert and got a plate with Nothing written in chocolate sauce.  Others are just weird like the traveler who while visiting a Turkish bath ate soap chips thinking they were dates. Many of the comic tales here have to do with strange local foods or animals getting a little too ... friendly.

Supposedly, the stories in A Stingay Bit My Nipple each won a prize from Budget Travel magazine. It must have been a slow month when the winner was the story of a nude man waiting to go down a hill in a huge plastic ball on National Nude Day or when the old lady used the bidet as a footbath.

This really is a fun little book

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