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Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini Paperback – July 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400082315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400082315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Urban legends and perennial wonders get a witty treatment in this lighthearted guide to largely inconsequential yet intriguing aspects of the human body. Leyner, a novelist whose writing appears regularly in the New Yorker and GQ, and New York physician Goldberg address food and the body (does coffee stunt your growth?), "body oddities" (what are goose bumps?), folk remedies (does breast milk cure warts?), drugs (does marijuana help glaucoma?), bathroom humor (why can you ignite a fart?), medical media (is the show ER accurate?), old wives tales (can lip balm be addictive?) and aging (why do old ladies grow beards?). And then there's the sex chapter-definitely the one where the subtitle is most applicable, with questions like "can people in wheelchairs still have sex?" and "do the kind of underpants men wear affect their fertility?" The book includes e-mail interactions between the authors, which are sometimes funny. Some of the authors' answers are unsatisfactory and, as a whole, this is much more of a humor book than a health one. The truly curious will find better, more in-depth answers on medical Web sites, but those looking for a good laugh will have some fun with this book.
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'The perfect book for trivia junkies' TNT MAGAZINE 'An amusing and light-hearted read' REAL ' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is very funny,and informative.
Berta Levinston
Many of the questions that are asked are answered with a "we don't know" answer.
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I learned a lot and laughed out loud many times while reading this book.
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338 of 363 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Dee VINE VOICE on August 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Why Do Men Have Nipples?" was big fun. I have to admit having had some of the sillier questions take up space in my head for years. You aren't going to find answers to life or definitive information on the origin of the universe here, just some of the more interesting facts we can't live without. This book had me laughing out loud, sometimes at the questions, sometimes because the question was ever asked in the first place. I am proud to say I already knew why your teeth chatter in the cold or with a fever (body trying to warm up) and sucking the poison from a snake bite wasn't such a good idea. I didn't know the average desk in the average workplace could kill you with the amount of germs and bacteria outnumbering those on the toilet seat. Think hand sanitizer for stocking stuffers this year!! There are hundreds more interesting and sometimes strange facts I didn't know but the team of Goldberg and Leyner has now educated me to the level of expert. I am not sure if that's something to be proud of or not but I laughed and laughed hard while reading "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" and I suggest it to anyone who might be tempted to accost a doctor outside of his office for answers to some of the more pressing questions you have about the human body. Recommended highly!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I knew why men have nipples before I read this book. Because we're all female for the first six weeks after conception until the male hormones kick in. Yes, macho men, the default human is female. But I can never resist the kind of book in which there are questions we'd like the answers to and answers.

Ah, but this book is a little different. First, some of the questions are given equivocal answers, which is to be expected, since most of what there is to know isn't known. Some of the questions, like "Will using a cell phone give you a brain tumor?" or "Is it true that left-handed people are smarter than right-handed people?" aren't answered at all. Leyner, who is a writer, and Goldberg, who is an MD, have a way of going around the question. I got the feeling that the extent of their research didn't go much past the Internet--which might raise the question, how did this book ever become a best seller and inspire a sequel? The answer, my friend, is in the comedy.

Leyner and Goldberg are a comedy team. While the bulk of the book is in the Qs and As, a good part consists of some hijinks at a cocktail party (thus the three martinis, although Leyner is mostly into Don Julio tequila). A third part seems to be lifted verbatim from their emails to each other.

Part of the fun are those emails because they seem to give the reader a realistic glimpse into the cooperative creative process. It is also kind of fun to read what a doctor writes when he lets his hair down, so to speak, or at least takes off the white coat. However all of this is carefully staged. This is one of those "best seller" ideas that actually worked. These guys trade raunchy humor spiked with some information and lo and behold it works.

Well, it semi-works.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Absolut Sake on August 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great coffee table book. In fact, perhaps doctors can put one in their waiting rooms. This book reminds me of Joel Achenbach's two "Why Things Are" books, which contains basically the same type of questions, except on more topics. If you like irrelevant factoids, check them out as well.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Copeland on August 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
A great book. In somewhat of a twist, it was actually one of my patients that recommended this book to me. As a physician practicing almost 25 years, I've heard a lot of these strange but interesting questions before--"Can my contact lens get stuck behind my eye?"--but others I've never met anyone with the gall to ask ("How do people in wheelchairs have sex?").

It's an interesting premise: there's tons of things people would like to know, but are too afraid to ask. Well, all of these questions are easily answered by a knowledgable person with a little medical experience. But it's the funny, fast-paced format of Leyner that makes this book a success. This is a terrific bookeasy to read, and if you still have questions, give me or your doctor a call.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Did you know that holding back a sneeze can potentially cause damage to the eyes and ears? Do you realize that the common cold cannot be caught due to cold weather or being wet, like the old wives' tale states? Did you know that beer and liquor, regardless of the order consumed, will have the same affect on the body? If these and other questions fascinate you, then you might find some interesting reading in "Why Do Men Have Nipples", a book with facts about the human body combined with some attempted humor from its two authors.

This book is at its best when it is providing answers to some of life's puzzling questions. Some of these questions and answers will be old news to the majority of readers, like the fact that catching a cold requires contracting the virus from someone else and has nothing to do with the actual feeling of cold. Other questions and answers are just as obvious and they won't provide any new learning material. On the other hand, there are a good number of questions and answers in this guide that involve topics I had never really though about in the past. An example is the fact that a woman's natural milk has been found, in some studies, to cure warts. Another example is the scientific explanation behind the causes of bags under the eyes. These, and other facts like them, are usually explained very well with medical sources to back them up.

Now, let's talk about this book's negative points, because there are several worth mentioning. First of all, the humor used in this book is lame and it isn't likely to amuse most readers. To give you an example, after talking about the chemical composition of snot and boogers, the authors provide some recipes that explain how to make homemade snot.
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