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Can a Guy Get Pregnant?: Scientific Answers to Everyday (and Not-So-Everyday) Questions Hardcover – October 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0132206952 ISBN-10: 0132206951 Edition: First Printing

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From the Back Cover

Can a Guy Get Pregnant? is a very serious collection of off-beat questions and answers that prove truth is indeed stranger–and funnier–than fiction.

 

Bill and Rich Sones are coauthors of the widely-distributed newspaper column “Strange But True.”  Over the past eight years, they’ve gathered together thousands of questions and have diligently tracked down the scientific research that answers them.

 

Here, with dry wit and rock-solid information, the Sones brothers answer everyday and not-so-everyday questions about the body, love, death, and animals, including:

 

If you’re starving, can you eat your clothes?

(If you’re wearing the right kind, yes.)

 

Does a “dog year” really equal seven human years?

(Nope.  But there is a better way to estimate.)

 

What would it be like to die in outer space?

(Hint: It’s bad.)

 

Do opposites attract?

(Not unless money is involved.)

 

Will chimps watch X-rated movies?

(Maybe it’s better not to ask…)

 

Accompanied by illustrations that capture the authors’ unconventional sense of humor, Can a Guy Get Pregnant? will astound and delight both those with a penchant for the bizarre and those who insist on the authority of science.

About the Author

Bill Sones co-authored the popular column "The Numbers Game" with probabilities guru John McGervey for six years. His writing has appeared in Discover, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and other magazines, and has been distributed by The New York Times and Los Angeles Times syndicates.

 

Rich Sones holds a Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve University. His writing has appeared in both the popular press and professional journals.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pi Press; First Printing edition (October 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132206951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132206952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Chapin on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a really fun book! It answers some questions I've always wanted to ask (but who could I ask?) and a lot more that I never would have thought of asking. I have a particular interest in animals, and this book devotes a whole section to them. (Do dogs really age seven years for each human year?) The book is attractively designed, with many drawings interspersed. I have a busy life, so I'm constantly picking books up and putting them down. This is easy to pick up, read various questions, and save more for tomorrow! It's the kind of book anyone would enjoy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Pierce on December 3, 2005
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This book is filled with short presentations of the most interesting ideas that I have never considered before. Questioning what can be done in the world and un-thought of possibilities had me turning every page in the quest for new ways of looking at the world.

Truth really is stranger than fiction! This book would be enjoyed by teens to older adults.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on December 2, 2005
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This book is full of some really fascinating stuff, put together in a format that is fun and easy to read. I found it impossible to stop at just one question; you gotta keep reading!!! Can a body live without a head? Check out the answer(with the bizarre tale of "Miracle Mike") for yourself; you won't be disappointed! Far from dry reading, this book is fun for ages 13 and up(my teenage kids actually READ this book!)and makes a great gift.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Bogy on December 21, 2005
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After reading some of the reviews I went out and bought the book. I read through about half of it until my teenage daughter spotted it and monopolized it. It's full of answers to some questions I was always curious about, some I'd never thought of, and either confirmed or debunked a number of urban legends. A fast, fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kress on April 19, 2006
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This book has been a wonderful read. Not only does it contain humor, but you will learn some neat facts. Trust me if you read it you will always have something unique to add to almost any conversation. I whole-heartily recommend this book to anyone.
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The title is titillating: Can a Guy Get Pregnant?: Scientific Answers to Everyday (and Not-So-Everyday) Questions. These are questions that come up, very occasionally, in casual conversations, on guessing game shows, or in Trivia Pursuit. Let's say you are watching a rerun of the hit TV series, MASH, and you are watching the episode where Klinger is trying to convince people that he is crazy because he decides to eat an entire jeep. Can human stomach acid dissolve an automobile? Just turn to page 51 in this book, and there you have your answer! Well, sort of. Stomach acid is strong, and we know a lot about the fate of swallowed metallic coins.

But the question was, "Can human stomach acid dissolve an automobile?" The answer really should be that some parts could be dissolved, and others couldn't (e.g., tires), and you'd probably die of old age, stomach ulcers, or some type of poisoning before another observer would even notice that parts of the car had been removed.

And that's the problem with this book. The answers to many questions are irritatingly shallow.

However, there are other questions that can be answered more completely in a short paragraph. For example, "Would a penny tossed off the Empire State Building bore through a human skull?" The physics here aren't that complicated (answer... no).

My favorite? "Would a guillotined head feel itself hit the ground?" Apparently, in 1905, a doctor watched a convicted murder get his head lopped off. A few seconds later, the doctor shouted out the man's name. "The [eye]lids lifted, and Languille's 'undeniably living eyes' fixed on the doctor, after which they closed again. Moments later he called out again, fetching another look by Languille. But a third call went unheeded" (p. 113). The whole thing lasted 25-30 seconds.

Is this a trivial pursuit question?
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By James N Simpson on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There's a fair few of these sorts of books out there these days, a few are good but most are pretty average. Can a Guy Get Pregnant although not the best book in this genre is still one of the good ones!

In Can a Guy Get Pregnant the authors answer heaps of weird questions you've probably wondered yourself and if you haven't you definitely will once someone else asks them. Something that differentiates this book from its competitors is that the authors have also drawn little rough drawings beside most questions further lightening the tone of the book but too be honest probably also padding it out a little. The other thing that differentiates this book is the psychology and philosophy chapter Part 2 Love. I would have preferred more of the other type questions myself but there's still enough of them to make this a great book.

Some of the questions asked and answered inside include -
Can people commit crimes in their sleep?
Are there people who don't have flatulent moments?
Can dreams help you stop smoking or lose weight?
Can a guy pregnant? (Title question of the book)
Can a body live without a head?
Can you drink your own urine if you have to?
Why is it so hard to talk to someone your attracted to?
Can a person die laughing?
Will a guillotined head feel itself hit the ground?
Can a body live without a head?
Can humans and chimps interbreed?
When lightning strikes water, do fish die?
Does a human year equal 7 dog years?
Will your pets eat your corpse if you die alone with them?

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