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Best Explanation of San Francisco's Whimsical Past 

Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society

Too many new kids coming in and putting down four grand on a studio apartment think cultures like this one are easy to create. All you have to do is wear the right costumes to the right parties, and you're doing what those glorious clowns in the '80s and '90s did, right? SantaCon? Salmon swimming upstream at Bay to Breakers? Wrong. Generations of genius jokesters struggled to make San Francisco the city of jest it is today, and until you read Tales of the Cacophony Society, you don't know nuthin' about them. The book is a visually stunning repository of the oral history of San Francisco's greatest goofs, and the editors take great pains to give every prankster who ever made the city chuckle their due.

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