Hippo Eats Dwarf Paperback – Unabridged, 9 Feb 2010
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`Alex Boese is a self-appointed arbiter of urban myths and media distortion. His amusing compendium runs from birth to death, taking in romance, the web, the news, advertising and politics.'
`An interesting insight into today's global psyche.'
--Big Issue, Scotland
The world’s greatest urban myths, fakes and hoaxes, from Bonsai kittens to human-flavoured tofuSee all Product Description
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It is a very well researched book, with entertaining true or false stories at the end of each chapter, unfortunately I found myself skipping past pages to read these as opposed to focussing on the main text which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. It ends up being a collection of urban myths, which would be good but they are spoilt by the fact that you find out without a doubt if they are true or not - which for me defeats the object.
I don't mean this in a bad way but this is perfect toilet reading, if you want low impact entertainment in small sections this is perfect.
These have several features in common. They're supposed to be true, and sometimes even have the name of a recognised newspaper or institution as the source (though never with precise reference details or a URL to check). They tell us we have to forward them to everyone we can. Text is often SHOUTING at us in capital letters, and multiple exclamation marks abound.. And they're virtually never true.Sometimes they even come, not from the friend you know suffers from Gullibility Virus (look it up), but from an otherwise sensible person who was taken in and decided that it was better to forward it, "just in case".
(And that's before we even start on friendly African generals who want to give us a cut of their 100,000,000 dollars, security notices from banks who don't even seem to know our names, and mailings advertising products that will make impossible enhancements to body parts we may or may not have.)
But there's more to hoaxing than e-mail tales and scams, as the enthusiastic printing of ridiculous planted stories by supposedly reliable newspapers shows. Not to mention axe-grinding, brand assassination, and other messages arising out of nasty motivations.Read more ›
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Personally found it all a bit dull, not that well written. The title is probably the best bit about the book. Shame reallyPublished 16 months ago by Robin Tandon
A really excellent book, lots of differing elements to keep,it fresh and alive. I don't see why I should be forced to add a specific number of words to a review, unless I want to.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Reginald H Burns
A very good book, took it to Turkey on holiday with me. The negative reviews are a little too pernickety for what's supposed to be a lighthearted book. Read morePublished on 9 May 2012 by jb123
This is a brilliant book, neatly set out the chapters make you want to keep turning the page. Must read.Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by Alicia
hilarious! its really fun reading all the myths from the past, and finding out where they came from, and whether in fact they were true. a great read!Published on 20 July 2011 by Nicola
There are, to be fair, some interesting stories in here. Unfortunately they're massively overwhelmed by tedious ones, most of which are pretty well known as either fake or true,... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2009 by Mr Smith