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Jon Butler , Bruno Vincent
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Book Description

4 Oct 2007

How easy is it to fall off a log? Where is the middle of nowhere? Do we really have no bananas?

The readers of OLD GIT magazine are a batty, befuddled, potty-mouthed bunch, who seem to spend a significant chunk of their spare time corresponding with the publication's popular letters page. DO ANTS HAVE ARSEHOLES? is a very funny, very silly collection of questions and answers taken from this column, none of which has any basis whatsoever in fact.

A must for all those who relish a heady mixture of shaggy-dog stories, toilet humour and utter lack of insight.

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  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 1st Paperback Edition edition (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751540412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751540413
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very funny spoof of pop-science collections (Telegraph)

The finest example of man-friendly Q&A bog books out there (Zoo)

Every year, one funny book seems to stand out from all the others. This year, it's Do Ants Have Arseholes?... a rip-roaring parody... (The Spectator)

The book being touted as this year's can't-miss, downstairs-loo-fixture of a dead-cert publishing-phenomenon-cum-stocking-filler sensation... (The Guardian)

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A hilarious parody of the popular series of New Scientist question and answer books DOES ANYTHING EAT WASPS? and WHY DON'T PENGUINS' FEET FREEZE?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Going by the other reviews on here, this book really seems to divide people in a Marmitian kind of way (you either love it or hate it). The concept's great, and the questions are things that we all need to know the answers to. Actually, they're not, but they are funny: Where does my lap go when I stand up? Where is the middle of nowhere? How easy is it to fall off a log? Is there another word for synonym? My housemate claims to be indifferent to Marmite - is he weird? (And based on the answer to that, perhaps I'm weird for not reacting stronger one way or the other to this book?...)

Quite a few of the answers, discussions and "editor's comments" did make me smile, and can be pretty clever in a surreal, not-to-be-taken-in-the-least-bit-seriously way. I can see how some people would really find it funny when others really wouldn't. But personally, ultimately I didn't find the book quite as funny as I thought it had promised. Then again, with a title like that, it did have a lot to live up to...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I knew within a few pages this was not for me. I am quite a juvenile 36 year old but this was far too juvenile for me, (taking in mind I have a wife and 2 kids - so not 'that' juvenile). It was just not funny and was just stupid. Think of a question, let some chimps type, some completely random answers and publish it. I dont usually throw books away - but within two weeks this was nestled gently at the bottom of the recycling bin, probably the best decision I made, and being safely aware that this copy could no longer inflict itself on anyone else. Dont get me wrong I have a good sense of humour - but this stuff is just unfunny crap.

Some people may find it funny, but hey 'Last of the Summer Wine' lasted for years so there is no accounting for taste - this book made me smile less (and I despise Last Of The Summer Wine).

I would like to think that (if it is ever re-printed), the last question being "How do you feel now sucker, after parting with your hard earned cash for this dirge?". The title of the book is quite funny, hence 1 star.

PS I have an idea, I should give this book 5 stars, that is far more hilarious than anything between its pages.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY MUST - BUT DO THEY TALK OUT OF THEM? 15 Nov 2007
This is a totally daft surreally inventive book which moves the total sum of knowledge of the human race forward not one jot and all the better for that! Thoroughly enjoyable - very funny - buy one and give the other away free to a particularly stodgy relative!

Mick Drake- author of the comic novel All`s Well at Wellwithoute
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good Q&A when you sift through the rubbish 24 Aug 2009
By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A strange book to review. You feel and hope the book will be good, have good humour and interesting stories. However, for each interesting Q&A, there are plenty of stupid boring ones. You have to sift through the book to find anything that is worth reading.

Think of the book as one in the lines of the adult comic "Viz", and you will not be far off. The questions are silly and the answers made up. If I had known this from the beginning, I would not have bothered with the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Arseholes write about Ants and 101 OBRQs? 30 April 2008
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I read the negative reviews here about this book and thought what a load of stuffshirts. With my well honed schoolboy sense of humour I couldn't wait to take this to the inner sanctum to read.

I have to agree with the 'stuffshirts' I am afraid. I cannot even say it is 'puerile', it's just rubbish. I think there was something that made me laugh somewhere but not sure.

A shame, a great title and a great idea for a parody on the absolutely excellent New Scientist books but I think they had more humour in them than this does. It reminded me of 'Shite's unoriginal miscellany' the author's name was a perfect description of the contents.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to laugh . . . 12 Dec 2007
And who doesn't, then buy DO ANTS HAVE . . . and laugh your arse off! i got this along with Sedaris's DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM and haven't had such a good time in a while. Both books are funny. DO ANTS actually is informative and fun. Would also recommend DIARY by Chuck Palahniuk! All great fun!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and misleading 28 Jun 2009
By S M
I thought that this book would be along the lines of the excellent 'What eats wasps?' and 'Why don't a penguin's feet freeze?' books. Boy was I wrong. It's full of very silly questions and facetious replies. No science or even fact is part of this book! It's dreadful and painfully unfunny. I hate throwing things away, but giving it to a charity shop would be about as helpful as passing on a cold...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant spoof - Audio CD Review 3 Nov 2008
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I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be any reviews here for the Audio CD version of this book so i thought i'd add one...

Firstly I dont think i would find this half as funny if i was reading it, but the audio version did make me laugh aloud at work prompting colleagues to ask what was so funny and why i was sitting for two hours with a smile on my face!

I've noticed that some people may not have understood that this book is a spoof and completely fictional - all questions and answers are made up. This book is a parody of those ten-a-penny 'interesting q&a' books that have been all the rage in recent years and it spoofs them very well.

I would highly recommend the audio version as the voice talent is excellent and very funny. If you are a fan of Tamsin Grieg, Mark Heap or Julian Rhind-Tutt (the readers - all from Green Wing and many other brilliant TV Shows) you will know exactly what sort of comedy and colourful characters to expect.

Hope this helps! Like i said there didnt seem to be many (if any) other Audio CD reviews and i think the voice talent is worth a mention and it really makes the book a lot funnier!
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This book, well - to sum it up, you either love it, or you hate it. I know quite a few people who would read the first few pages and immediately opt for the latter, but I... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by giantbuttons
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There is no scientific explainations used in this book, nor are any of the questions answered truthfully. It is without a doubt just a relaxing book to read and have a laugh at. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2009 by Simon Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
It's quite scary to see that some people have taken this book seriously. Maybe it is a symptom of the world today but it's good to know that the rest of us have a sense of humour!
Published on 28 Mar 2008 by S. Haynes
2.0 out of 5 stars What?
This is the old adage "Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer" in book form.

Whilst some of the entries are very funny, and a lot of the questions invite bizarre... Read more
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