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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, facts and bulls**t!!
This is a fun little read, which effectively debunks a lot of myths and urban legends that most people have heard - as well as plenty that are a little more obscure.

It's split into easy-to-read subsections, with topics ranging from the animal kingdom, to pop culture, to 'science'.

As an avid reader of a certain 'urban legends' website, I was sure...
Published on 4 April 2012 by jks

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm
An easy to read, or skim, book.
It is full of interesting facts, but i have not had the opportunity to check the veracity of some of the more outrageous "facts" yet.

Another reviewer has stated this was written for the North American market. I agree wholeheartedly.
That for me was the deciding factor in my lukewarm review of this book.
There are...
Published on 17 April 2012 by Chopper


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, facts and bulls**t!!, 4 April 2012
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This is a fun little read, which effectively debunks a lot of myths and urban legends that most people have heard - as well as plenty that are a little more obscure.

It's split into easy-to-read subsections, with topics ranging from the animal kingdom, to pop culture, to 'science'.

As an avid reader of a certain 'urban legends' website, I was sure that I'd be able to spot the BS 99% of the time, but in fact I was wrong...I only correctly identified the 'bull' story about 50% of the time. Moreover, the author injects a lot of humour into his 'bull' stories, which keeps the book entertaining.

Non-American readers should be made aware that this book was specifically penned for the US market, by a US author. Therefore, some of the topics ('sport' in particular) won't necessarily capture the rapt attention of readers in the UK and elsewhere.

The book also contains minor errors, though they are few and far between - one example being a random picture of toliet roll as part of the 'animal' section, which was clearly aimed for another section, where toilet roll DOES feature. Also, in 2-3 cases, the 'Fact' and 'BS' answers are quite obviously mixed up.

Nevertheless, it's a good, humorous reference book that's easy to dip in and out of at will. Most readers won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Whispers.., 13 April 2012
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This is a very entertaining book. Even the introduction is packed full of so called old wives tales and myths that most of us are guilty of repeating, because we think there are based on fact and completely true. So knowing the premise of the book I found myself thinking that I would spot the bullpatty with ease. Why would I think that you ask, well I am freakin brilliant with the inbred ability to spot a patty a mile off. Sounds a little impressed with ones own abilities, you might be thinking. Well you would be thinking right, because I would have failed this book colossally if it had been an exam.
So maybe there aren't any gigantic otters or super sleepy giraffes. Who the hell would have thought that a falcon is actually Polly Parrots secret sibling? My favourite part would have to be the Liger question section.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm, 17 April 2012
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An easy to read, or skim, book.
It is full of interesting facts, but i have not had the opportunity to check the veracity of some of the more outrageous "facts" yet.

Another reviewer has stated this was written for the North American market. I agree wholeheartedly.
That for me was the deciding factor in my lukewarm review of this book.
There are large chunks where i didn't have a clue between fact & B.S. because i did not have any knowledge of the subject e.g. Baseball, American football, American junk food, US politics etc

What is Jell-O anyway? Do adults eat that?

As an aside, what i did find interesting was the death of Marilyn Monroe, which i will have to read more about.
So, it was not all bad and did get me thinking outside of the book (box?).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 9 July 2014
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