Category Archives: Self-Help

Dr. Richard Jacob and Reverend Owen Thomas, How to Live with a Huge Penis (2009)

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“Complete with prayers, poetry, a daily affirmations journal, and thoughtful quotations from leading self-help experts, How to Live with a Huge Penis will inspire men of all shapes and sizes.”

Is this a joke? Does anyone really believe this is an affliction?

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Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (1983 ed.)

What, you aren’t rich?  Well, you’re not thinking enough!

Shockingly, this book still is in print and people are buying it.  Some 600+ believers have reviewed it at Amazon.com.

This, despite all appearances that Mr. Hill was nuts.  In his chapter on “the sixth sense” he describes how he would improve himself by regularly imagining himself holding cabinet meeting with GREAT MEN like Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson. So vivid was his imagination, that these specters became REAL to him, and “each of these nine men developed individual characteristics… For example, Lincoln developed a habit of always being late, and then walking around in solemn parade…. Burbank and Paine often engaged in witty repartee which seemed, at time, to shock the other members of the cabinet.”

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Legendary Abs (1981)

Today, folks talk of “toning their cores.”  Back in the day the anxiety was more honest—“beer bellies” and “fat guts” were the problem. And it was for these shamed souls the Health for Life company produce Legendary Abs.  No, it wasn’t enough to promise folks a healthy or fat-free midrift.  Instead, this trim booklet said it could make your gut the stuff of sagas.  The secret was to do belly exercises (like ab cramps)  in such a sequence so as to produce muscular “synergy.”  The company appears to have gone out of business by the early 1990s—color us shocked.

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Harold Hill, How To Be A Winner (1976)

Anxious? Don’t like the weather? Is your home being foreclosed upon? Are you hooked on smack? Well, whatever your problem, Harold has the answer for you. It’s G…O…D, with a hefty dollop of optimisim.

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