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Never Shower in a Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths About Our Health and the World We Live In Paperback – Bargain Price, May 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1616793244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616793241
  • ASIN: B001O0EGPK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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O'Connor, a contributor to the New York Times Science Times section, has amassed more than 100 peculiar tidbits on everything from the potency of Spanish fly to the cancerous effects of cellphone use. O'Connor easily waxes on about whether bicycle seats cause impotence or if knuckle cracking can lead to arthritis. While regular Times readers will remember many of these topics, the newly casual tone of the discussions will either entertain or distract, depending on one's tolerance for anecdote. For instance, in exploring the infamous "Will eating poppy seeds make you fail a drug test?" conundrum, O'Connor got right to the point in his 2005 column ("a couple of bagels heavily coated with poppy seeds can result in morphine in a person's system for hours"), but here he begins with the retelling of a Seinfeld episode where Elaine, after a bagel breakfast, tests positive for "You know, white lotus. Yam-yam. Shanghai Sally." All of O'Connor's research is backed by legit scientific studies, but he refers to them only in passing. A bibliography would have been welcomed. Nonetheless, medical receptionists take note: this is a great book for the waiting rooms of physicians, dentists and psychiatrists alike. (June)
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About the Author

Anahad O’Connor is a reporter for The New York Times covering science, health, immigration, and life in the greater New York area and contributes the weekly column “Really?”—named for his favorite word in journalism—to the paper’s Science Times section. He lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Anahad O'Connor is a reporter for the New York Times, with a weekly column in the Science Times section called "Really?" He has appeared on National Public Radio, Good Morning America, and The Martha Stewart Show. He is also the author of the bestselling health book Never Shower in a Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths About Our Health and the World We Live In. He lives in New York City.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By W. Dormann on February 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to entertain me for a trans-pacific flight, and boy was I disappointed. Most of the questions are answered along the lines of: "Maybe, but it can't hurt to [blah]..."

Nothing is really backed up, and you're just supposed to trust the author. At some point in the book, it was talking about hair loss caused by tight hair styles. And it made the statement of Andre Agassi wearing hats all the time and then suddenly he was bald. So the hats must have caused him to lose his hair. Uh, maybe he wore hats because he had thinning hair?

I was not happy with this purchase at all.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on August 6, 2007
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About: Facts and myths about health explained. Includes such topics as "Is too much sleep bad for you?" (yes) and "Can you swim right after eating?" (also, yes)

Pros: Quick read, interesting.

Cons: Sources are not cited, a large downside when debunking myths or providing facts.

Grade: B
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier on June 4, 2007
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This book was great fun to read. Many myths, legends, sayings, old wives' tales, etc., all related in some way to health and life, are either debunked or confirmed - and rationales are provided. The author appears to have researched each topic quite exhaustively - not only through reviewing published papers in the scientific and medical literature but also through interviewing acknowledged experts in each field. The book's writing style is friendly, authoritative and very engaging. But what stands out the most is the author's clever wit and humor; on several occasions I found myself laughing out loud. This is a wonderful book that could be enjoyed by anyone, especially those who have ever pondered the veracity of what may or may not be a bit of misinformation.
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By k.a.o. on December 22, 2012
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This is a very humorous and informative read. One can pick it up at any point for a quick delight.
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Found this book courtesy of the Mental Floss website and read the available preview of this book online and knew I had to read the rest of it. Full of great laughs and things that will surprise and inform you. Very well written!
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By jwlamplit on January 2, 2012
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This was not as interesting or as full of fun information as I expected. I was disappointed and actually became bored. Never actually finished it and passed it along to a used book sale in our community - hopefully someone else enjoyed it.
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"Never Shower in a Thunderstorm..." is easy to read no matter what your background is. The scientific info is given in succinct but complete passages. The author uses the latest data available, which can be a double-edged sword. While the advice is good... for now, the data may need to be changed in future publications due to new information. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know whether or not their mother's directives were based in scientific fact or superstition.
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