This is a very well written and rather fun little book about what might be described as "stranger but true 'research.'" If, like me, you've been struggling to get funded for research, and getting it published (for that necessary publish or perish mentality of academia), you'll be consoled. Despite your self-doubts about your research (yes, you have them!), criticisms from grant review and funding committees, journal editorial boards, and maybe even your colleagues, you'll get a chuckle out of the absolute CRAP that gets passed off as "important" research and actually gets published (usually in junk journals). If Senator McGovern and his Golden Fleece awards were still around, most of the stuff described in this little tome would top the list for their "Ignobility." Most of the "studies" were conducted either long ago or, more often, not in the US (at least not at major research centers), so you can take some solace (I surely hope) that your hard-earned taxpayer dollars didn't fund this garbage.
The author frequently uses puns, and although they're often considered the lowest form of humor they really add to this book. To add to the readability of this book, the descriptions of so-called research are short and to the point (and include citations to the publication sources, just in case you think the author is making this ridiculous stuff up), so if you need a short break from work you can pick up the book, read just a few pages if you like, put it down, and then start reading again anywhere you want.
The purchase price of the book is small in comparison with the chuckles you'll get, the head shakes of disbelief, and perhaps even the firm knowledge and consolation that there's a hell of a lot of research going on that's worse than your own.