Reader’s Digest: August 2014

In case you missed it: Follow the links to enjoy bonus content featured in our August 2014 issue.

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Reader’s Digest Classics
Summer reading special: We’ve hunted through decades of our magazine to share this collection of our most memorable and popular short stories and articles. Enjoy!

Dive In
Photographer Clark Little captures otherworldly waves from an unbelievable perspective, as seen in his book Shorebreak.

Motivation From Winston Churchill
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

4 Powerhouse Benefits of Avocado
Scoop into one of these ripe fruits and you’ll be on your way to lowering your cholesterol, keeping your blood sugar steady, and reducing your risks of cancer and heart disease.
From Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

How Doctors Find the Best Care
They choose physicians who instruct others (called fellowship directors); if their ailment is serious, they’ll visit a teaching hospital to find docs who are up on the latest research. And even pros ask hospital employees for recommendations, which “trumps an Ivy League degree, prestigious titles, and charm,” says Marty Makary, MD, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You.

Garage Sale Savvy
Tips from the pros: If you’re eyeing a big item, pounce at the end of the day, when sellers are motivated to drop the price to get that dining table off their lawn. Also, watch for office supplies (always handy) or ugly art that’s well mounted—frames are pricey! For jewelry, snatch up pretty brooches, which are our of vogue right now, and upgrade these bargains into necklaces or holiday decorations.

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Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.