Reader’s Digest: October 2014

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

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Your True Stories in 100 Words

Send us your true story of 100 words or fewer—it might be worth $100. For details, and to read other stories from our readers, go to

Finish This Sentence

Answer our newest sentence, “I knew miracles were real when…” on our Facebook page for a chance to be printed in the magazine!

Points to Ponder

Sign up for our daily Points to Ponder e-mail, and you’ll become more a interesting and thoughtful person each weekday. Go to for details.

Laughter, The Best Medicine

If you’ve got a funny anecdote about work, life, or the military, we’d love to hear it—and it could be worth 100 bucks to you! Go to for all the details. We’re waiting!

R.E.A.D. Together: Send Us Your Pics!

The Reader’s Digest Foundation is proud to announce a two-year $500,000 grant to the Parent-Child Home Program that will kick off a national partnership to celebrate reading and improve children’s literacy. You can help raise awareness with a simple snapshot of you reading to the children in your life! For details, go to

MOST POPULAR ON FACEBOOK: 5 Lies That Are OK to Tell Your Partner

Sometimes honesty is not the best policy. One example: When you’re arguing, experts say, it’s perfectly acceptable to respond with “You’re right” even if you don’t agree, just to keep the greater peace.


Q: Why is the letter A the most like a flower?
A: Because the B is after it.

13 of the Best Thrillers to Read Right Now

Love a chill? Among our reviews: Megan Abbott’s The Fever (the fear is contagious), Sara Shepard’s The Heiresses (beautiful people, suspicious deaths), and Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody (if Wes Anderson set a mystery at a school music convention in a once-luxurious hotel.)

Shocking Diseases Dentists Find First

Chew on this: Dentists aren’t looking for just gum disease and cavities; they might also find signs of Crohn’s disease, oral cancer, and other serious conditions.

Halloween Tricks & Treats

Find over 100 ideas to dress up your celebration, including pumpkin-carving stencils, inexpensive craft and decorating ideas, tasty snacks, scary-movie reviews, and more.

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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.