What Are Some Well-Known Humorous Short Stories?


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Some well-known, humorous short stories include "Mark Twain on the First Woman in Nevada" and J.D. Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." "Baa Baa Black Sheep" is another well-known comical story that explores the perspective of a sheep that interacts with humans in a marketplace.

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Twain told the story of Nevada miners who express surprise and glee when a woman comes to Nevada to join the mining camp. The men are so surprised that they even shout when they see her dress. When the men finally meet the woman, they touch her dress and listen to everything she has to say. Finally, the men collect gold and give it to the man that brought the woman.

Salinger, of "Catcher in the Rye" fame, wrote "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." The story centers on a woman who is enjoying a vacation. The woman's husband has post-traumatic stress disorder. During the vacation, the man talks on the phone with his mother.

Another funny short story is "Baa Baa Black Sheep." The story tells the tale of a black sheep that shears its own wool each year and sells it to the villagers. One year, the sheep is dismayed to realize that he has some wool left. He badly wants someone to come and use the remaining wool. That afternoon, three different people come separately to purchase the sheep's wool. The sheep is happy to help people by providing the wool. The people use the wool to make warm clothes for the winter.

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