Unsent or unreal letters can still be funny. I mean, we used to lark about in the office making up rejection letters to famous poets (“Dear Fr Hopkins, Thank you for your sonnets, but I’m afraid your label for them is accurate. They’re terrible.”) Some things are funny because they’re made up, such as Kington’s “Albanian proverbs” (“Lives there a piano mover who does not hate music?”). Other things are funnier because they really happened. Kington tells a story of an examination hall with lighting controlled by a motion sensor, which meant a man had to be employed to walk up and down clapping his hands every few minutes to stop the candidates being plunged into darkness. He adds: “This is true.”
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator