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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (18 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752879693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752879697
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The perfect book for trivia junkies' --TNT MAGAZINE

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Hundreds of questions you'd only ask your doctor after your third martini!

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RevBingo on 7 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Have to disagree with the other reviewers - it's the unnecessary, self congratulatory, trying-far-too-hard "humour" that forced me to put this book down before I'd barely got past the first chapter. When the writers eventually stop talking about what wacky characters they both are and realise there's a question to be answered, the answer is normally so short as to be pointless. In the right hands (think Bryson), it could have been entertaining, but this is utterly tedious.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2006
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I bought this book feeling i might find the answer to some of life's querkiest questions, and was not completely disappointed. However, some of the facts are pretty obvious, and at times the book becomes a little tedious.A large positive is the witty humour, and the ongoing commentry from Leyner and Goldberg brings a smile to your face. They seem to have a strange friendship, two very similar personalities living entirely different lives. A book that will stay in the bathroom to let house guests skim through.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2006
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I knew why men have nipples before I read this book. Because we're all female for the first six weeks after conception until the male hormones kick in. Yes, macho men, the default human is female. But I can never resist the kind of book in which there are questions we'd like the answers to and answers.

Ah, but this book is a little different. First, some of the questions are given equivocal answers, which is to be expected, since most of what there is to know isn't known. Some of the questions, like "Will using a cell phone give you a brain tumor?" or "Is it true that left-handed people are smarter than right-handed people?" aren't answered at all. Leyner, who is a writer, and Goldberg, who is an MD, have a way of going around the question. I got the feeling that the extent of their research didn't go much past the Internet--which might raise the question, how did this book ever become a best seller and inspire a sequel? The answer, my friend, is in the comedy.

Leyner and Goldberg are a comedy team. While the bulk of the book is in the Qs and As, a good part consists of some hijinks at a cocktail party (thus the three martinis, although Leyner is mostly into Don Julio tequila). A third part seems to be lifted verbatim from their emails to each other.

Part of the fun are those emails because they seem to give the reader a realistic glimpse into the cooperative creative process. It is also kind of fun to read what a doctor writes when he lets his hair down, so to speak, or at least takes off the white coat. However all of this is carefully staged. This is one of those "best seller" ideas that actually worked. These guys trade raunchy humor spiked with some information and lo and behold it works.

Well, it semi-works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. E. Tamplin on 11 Mar 2006
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This book really is wonderful. It gives you real scientific answers, so some of the text isn't easy to understand unless you have basic scientific knowledge, but it's as hilarious as it is factual. It answers questions people have wondered for ages, but never asked a doctor, just as it says in the title. Well worth a read. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Kelly on 18 Feb 2014
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This book is perfect toilet reading, if you're one of those people who sit on the toilet for ages (which, incidentally, can lead to a higher chance of developing piles, according to this book; so remember that next time you want to take three hours in the bathroom). It's basically a guide of sorts--it answers the questions that you've probably always wanted to know (such as: does sperm have calories?), and many questions you've never thought to ask (such as: is it healthier for someone to spit in my mouth or urinate in it?). But it's interesting. It's a quick read, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's merely question after question, with answers to the questions that you do-and-don't care about.

The only parts I didn't particularly care for were the pointless IM chats between the two "authors" of this book. I'm not sure if the IM chats were faked for the sake of the book, or if they were real conversations between the two of them, but they weren't relevant, they weren't funny, and they didn't add anything to the book. If anything, they bugged me, and I constantly wanted to skip them. I didn't, but I wanted to.

Anyway, it's an okay book to put in someone's Christmas stocking, or to read when you're in a queue, or bored, or on the bus.

Otherwise, it's pretty pointless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. V. Buy on 3 Jan 2008
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I loved this book, being a real 'Fact Finder' this was the perfect book for me, and funny too. All those little questions about humans that somehow make it into your head - answered, right here. A great buy.
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