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Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers and Other Useless or Gross Information About: Information About Your Body Paperback – April 17, 2008

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Francesca Gould is the author of the New York Times (extended list) bestseller Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers and Other Useless (or Gross) Information about Your Body and Why Fish Fart and Other Useless or Gross Information about the World. She lives in Bristol, England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585426458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585426454
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun book full of disgusting trivia. I found myself reading a good portion of the book aloud to my husband, and saying, "Gross! Did you know that....?". The book is very easy to read and is mostly just quick facts about various things. I liked this book so much that I bought the other two by the author.
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I have not read this entire book yet, but have thumbed through it all. I am a high school science teacher and find this book fascinating and full of interesting facts. There are some gross parts but nothing offensive in my opinion. I would have given it a 5 out of 5 but it doesn't actually have the "why you shouldn't eat your boogers.." part. I think if that is going to be in the title to draw your attention, it should be in book too. I have flipped through every page twice to try and find it but I just don't see it. If you find talking about poo and body parts gross, don't buy this book. However, if you find learning about the everyday things our body needs to do to stay alive, then this book is an interesting and fun read. My students will get a kick out it.
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I read a lot of these books of esoteric knowledge. This one is top notch.. The information is presented in a question and answer format. There is enough detail to fully explain the topic, but the entries are short enough to keep the book moving. The author is genuinely amusing. Many of authors of this type of book try way too hard to be funny, and their books end up sounding forced and snarky. That's not the case here.

Topics I found especially interesting or amusing included, why we have "red eye" in photos; why your ethnicity is reflected in your earwax; why albino eyes look pink; how Viagra works; what kind of parasites can live in various parts of the human body; why smokers have a 50% higher chance of losing their teeth; what did women use before tampons were invented; and much more.

I promise you will not be bored reading this book.
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Very informative book. My grandkids (teens) love it. I enjoyed it too, learned some things I didn't know.
Very strange, because I didn't think I could learn anything else. I thought I already knew it all.
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I bought this book as a gag gift and have kept it for myself. I am a registered nurse and it turns out that some of the information in this book is useful though not necessarily medically pertinent. Makes for a fun read and a good laugh.
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My niece is always asking questions. This book was perfect for her. She read it on the way to school, on the way from school, pretty much anytime she was in the car. Actually it has more than gross info in it. Lots of useful tidbits that are fun too. Plus I love that she's reading & enjoying it.
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We first saw this book for sale in a museum gift shop and my husband was very intrigued, so I purchased it for him on Amazon (for much less than the price tag at the museum) and we have both enjoyed reading it. It is full of very interesting facts about the human body. While it certainly won't replace a medical text book, you will definitely learn a lot from reading this book!
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I got this book for my 17-year-old for Christmas. Full of all sorts of "interesting" stories asking the "whys" of the world, such as the book's cover title! Doesn't everyone want to know that? We've had a blast perusing this book.
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