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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 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,535 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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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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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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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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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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If you're without a sense of humor, then please, by all means, shy away from DO ANTS HAVE ARESHOLES? But then, if you don't have one (a sense of humor), then you're probably not going to get past the title. Not only is this book informative, but it's funny as everything. Hey, admit it--you WANT to know this stuff. But you were afraid to ask. That's why this book would make such a perfect gift. For those who like humor (think THE FAR SIDE cartoons or the books ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY or KATZENJAMMER by McCrae), then you'll warm right up to DO ANTS HAVE ARSEHOLES? I originally bought this as a gift idea, then had to get another copy as I wanted to keep mine. Would also recommend the book THE DAILY SHOW.
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By SAP VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2007
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Humour is a very individual thing; you either 'get' it or you don't. I didn't. I can see what they're trying to do and where I'm supposed to laugh, only I didn't. Laugh. Even once. Very rarely do I give up after ten pages, but in this case it just didn't hold my interest. This book is nonsense. I don't mean that pejoratively. It literally consists of nonsense questions (allegedly originally sent in to a magazine called "Old Git" by readers) followed by nonsense answers supposedly written by people with eccentric (usually hyphenated) names. I couldn't work out whether "Old Git" is a real publication or not and, frankly, after ten pages I couldn't care less. Buy something else this Christmas.
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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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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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