A few weeks ago, a supervisor delivered a challenge to me via email: write a story about humorous government document titles. I love reading government documents for their data and their fascinating stories, but I usually wouldn't consider them to be laugh-out-loud-funny. Or as one colleague said, "They're not Abbott and Costello funny." But everyone's got to laugh some time, right? And when I searched the CGP, and picked my coworkers' brains, I found that Uncle Sam sometimes gets his chuckles too. I found more titles than these ten-- but I want to save some for another occasion.
There have been a few other lists of humorous government documents, not all of them Federal, circulating around the Internet. I've tried to keep this list as unique as possible. If you like the topic of this column you should surf over to Washington State University's exhibit, The Lighter Side of...The Government Printing Office. Looking at the photos online, I can see WSU has got even more material in the exhibit cases. I wish I could visit it in person, as the exhibit looks so fascinating.
All of these titles have records in the Catalog of Government Publications, and you might be able to find a copy in your local depository, or find one at your regional. Since many of these titles are older than five years, you might have to search a bit. When available, I have provided links for the electronic version of these titles.