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I'm Afraid, You're Afraid : 448 Things to Fear and Why Paperback – March 8, 2000

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YA-Muse's A-to-Z list of everyday things to be afraid of will both fascinate and repulse teens with its explanations of freaky threats from "Acne Medicine" to "Zippers." Other hazards include the dire consequences that may result from lighting, curling irons, and malls. Entries are clearly explained with the facts and a small dose of humor, along with appended reference sources ranging from well-known medical journals to safety commissions. When National Health week rolls around, keep this book in mind to inspire those students who enjoy the gross-out factor.
Lisa Muir, Poe Middle School, Annandale, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Does it seem that the world is safer than, say, one hundred years ago? You might think so, that it, if you haven't read Melinda Muse's I'm Afraid, You're Afraid: 448 Things to Fear and Why, a quirky collection of everyday health hazards. Whether it's halogen lamps, eggnog, crayons, or talcum powder, Muse confirm that we've got plenty to be paranoid about. With so many hazards ready to wipe us out, Muse advocates embracing our lesser-known perils. "Paranoid? You bet," Muse says. "Stand tall and celebrate it!" --, March 23, 2000

In her new humor book, Melinda Muse counts the perils of everyday existence. Be afraid, be very afraid. Hatched during her stint as a medical writer, the eye-opening guide posits that danger lurks everywhere. To wit: About 14,000 people a year land in the emergency room from such phone-related injuries as bonking themselves with receivers. Even things that seem healthful can be hazardous, such as quitting smoking (nicotine withdrawal may be disorienting), toothbrushes (bacteria farms) and eating alfalfa sprouts (hello, salmonella!). -- People Magazine, March 27, 2000

Learn the secret dangers lurking in underwire bras, hair conditioners, and cinnamon gum in this paranoia-inducing primer. -- Entertainment Weekly, March 17, 2000

Look out! I'm Afraid, You're Afraid lists 448 things you mustn't touch, eat, do or be. Like mangos, molasses, electrolysis, and narcissists. This irreverent textbook of life's hazards explains that gum causes tooth decay, flatulence, and intestinal blockage. Malls threaten heart attacks and robbery. Monday is the day most people take their own lives. "'Don't sweat the small stuff' is foolish advice," warns Muse. "It's the small stuff that will make you duck and cover." -- Austin Chronicle, March 10, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (March 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786883952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786883950
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,391,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chance on July 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
The world is a dangerous place! There's the Ebola virus, thunderstorms, sleepy truckers, meteors, and licorice. Licorice? Yes, licorice. It can cause high blood pressure, lung congestion, and irregular heartbeat. (I'm having some of these symptoms now, just from thinking about my favorite candy!) And did you know that firing someone doubles your risk of heart attack, that tryingto quit smoking increases your risk of an accident, and that you're more likely to be murdered during the first week of the month? This funny book is a Godsend to those in desperate need of more things to worry about. Read it and be amused-- and forewarned.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kim Herard on July 20, 2000
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Melinda Muse takes some very serious subjects,that could be very dull, and writes about them in an entertaining way. I learned alot that I didn't know. I didn't know that there was a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer or that people who are sensitive to poision oak and poision ivy shouldn't peel mangos. Out of 448 things to fear and why there is definately something for everyone to learn.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Kaster on July 20, 2000
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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read and amazing since every entry is totally factual. Muse has done extensive research on everyday health and safety hazards and written about these hazards in a snappy, funny style that makes for great reading. Among my favorites are her entries on drumsticks, impotence, sneezes and toothbrushes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Marbach VINE VOICE on April 11, 2003
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The premise of this book is a good one, don't get me wrong there. It had possibilities. Unfortunately, it fell flat far from these. It didn't promise all seemed. Basically it tells you why you should be afraid of certain things...but there is no new information, nothing exciting, and the things to be afraid of, frankly, are stupid. It is boring in its presentation. It was that book that could've but didn't.
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