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100 Most Dangerous Things in Everyday Life and What you Can Do About Them Paperback – July 13, 2004

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Lee dismisses the usual suspects (anthrax, razor blades, schoolyard violence) and limns the risk in the utterly pedestrian tasks, objects and occurrences to which we give nary a thought (bagels, salons, office supplies). Organized like an encyclopedia, Lee’s field guide fingers culprits from the obvious (stairs) to the strained (a full moon), building her cases with statistics and studies both direct and tangential. This is no pedantic tome, though. Rather than breed paranoia, the book aims to adjust our perspective, diverting our paranoia for blue-moon events into a sensible vigilance toward our everyday lives. Ultimately, it’s a clarion call for common sense, written with playful irreverence and several eye rolls at our society’s inflated hysteria at risks and our bumbling attempts to diffuse them. The advice is useful-and often cheeky. To minimize the threat of germ-ridden currency, for example, Lee suggests we send her our money immediately.
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"...a fun-filled book, or, better yet, funny-filled...balances serious subjects with a smart and droll sense of humor." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 27, 2004

"Lee's dry, homorous tone makes her a chaming companion... a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible." -- San Francisco Chornicle, July 18, 2004

"Packed with statistics and anecdotes to both amuse and horrify." -- Salt Lake Tribune, July 13, 2004

A lighthearted expose of the simple problems often overlooked. -- The Bookseller, June 25, 2004

Lee's book is entertaining and a reminder of how our own fears can hamstring us. -- The Baton Rouge Advocate, July 25, 2004

Lee's cheeky approach is harmless fun... it's a book to pick through at your leisure. -- Memphis Flyer, Summer, 2004

Lee's droll both entertaining and edifying. It is also, in this age of color-coded alerts, oddly comforting. -- Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2004

a book that is both informative and funny - and a bit worrisome. -- Sacramento Bee, July 29, 2004

the biggest danger might fall down laughing while reading. -- Tallahassee Democrat, July 18, 2004

the perfect book for anyone who does not already have enough to worry about -- New York Times, Crowd Pleasers, July 30, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; First Edition edition (July 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767917162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767917162
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,258,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on July 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Did you know that over 133,000 people every year are injured by doors? How about the fact that over 400,000 people in the United States suffer injuries every year while relaxing or sleeping in bed? You can find out this, and other wonderful information, in Laura Lee's 100 Most Dangerous Things in Everyday Life and What You Can Do About Them. This is a book that straddles two worlds. Unfortunately, it has problems in each one, but it's still an interesting read. It's supposed to be a humor book. How do I know this? It says right on the back that the classification of this book is "humor." It also contains a lot of information about possible dangers in everyday life and how you can prevent yourself from becoming yet another statistic.

One of the problems with the book is humor. It's just not that funny. There are some humorous quips (I particularly liked the suggestion in the "money" section, where she says that you should get rid of all your cash immediately by sending it to her). I smiled a few times. Even some of the entries are slightly amusing (there's an entry for Finland because they have the highest accident rate in the western world). But as a humor book, it just doesn't really work that much.

The good thing is that the book is valuable in other ways, too. The idea of the book is not to induce general paranoia about everyday living. What, you're going to stay in bed? See the statistic above. No, the book is intended to lessen that paranoia.

"If you can look such deadly items as kitchen knives, bedding, vegetables and teddy bears in the face each day without fear, you should be able to stare down the much more statistically unlikely threats that now haunt our collective consciousness." pg.
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By Diotima on October 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you intend to stay or become more distracted and diverted by highly improbable dangers then you should not read this book. But, if you sell or otherwise use hype to gain some sort of advantage or mind control then you will want to,maybe, read this book in order to dis it and try to over-ride it with ever more hype in order to keep people in a distracted or even panic mode of fluster:Keeping them under control, but not as the least evil!

I give this book 5 stars, not because it is perfect, which it obviously is not, but because it is highly unusual to see ridiculously over-played fears being dismissed as the near irrelevancies which they are.

If you want to be [mostly]unreasonably scared by this author then read her much smaller juvenile book about the dangers of snakes or becoming lost in the desert or north pole,etc.:Interesting but rare occurrences.

Governments,corporations[including media],and individual con artists on the low road are all too commonly exposed, even if only in a small percentage of the times that offense is actually given. Ignoring this commonly known fact,ignoring any important fact,is deliberately,willfully,making and keeping yourself ignorant.

Maybe you want to share your morbid,and yes fanatical,fears with others including your children. Is it really worth it? While you watching out for the stranger coming to get your kid it is the friend,neighbor,or relative who actually does the kid in,literally 99% of the time. An even more likely real danger[100X more?]is the car which kills both you and your child as you are distracted by the hype of "strangers stealing your kid". The average adult today is,indeed,often a scary,hyped up,hype-mongering,hype-spouting danger.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana Louise from Green Oak on April 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I honestly thought this book would be more interesting. The things in it were almost silly. Don't waste your time.
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