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The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew Hardcover – October 29, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298200
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE AND OTHER BAD NEWS

"In a sea of literary lies, finally a book that will tell you the truth about the things you need to know."
-Sarah Silverman

"Smart, funny, and cool."
-Roger Ebert

"The funniest, wisest, greatest book ever written! I keep reading and rereading it here in my padded cell!"
-Stan Lee

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This book is lots of fun to read and full of interesting info.
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With tons of citations to back things up, this book really does show how much more people know in new generations than past generations.
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There are some books that are just perfect for your Kindle or iPad or whatever tablet you happen to be using.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alireza Sepehrara on April 20, 2014
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I liked this book. I was a fun read with great illustrations. The subjects discussed in the book were interesting & compelling too.
However, the book does not cite where they got this information from. They have no reference anywhere in the book. Here and there, they mention a study done by somebody that provides evidence for something they wrote about, but there is no concrete reference that one would expect from a book about facts.I don't think any of the crack's authors of this book are expert on any of the subjects discussed here. So, they have to compiled the information from somewhere and the readers should have access to that.One might say that they trust crack to provide the information accurately but as a skeptical person, I would like to evaluate the accuracy case by case. Also, having a reference would help a reader if the reader wants to do further reading and researching about the subject.
I didn't see anybody bring this subject up, so I thought I add this objection.

I won't be using anything I read in this book in a conversation or as advice in my daily routine until I can confirm it from independent sources. I hope all the readers of this book do the same.
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113 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Jack Wolfe on October 31, 2013
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There are some books that are just perfect for your Kindle or iPad or whatever tablet you happen to be using.

This is not that book.

The De-Textbook is meant to be held in your hands and brushed against your rugged, manly beard (advice for men). It is meant to be softly caressed against your smooth, silky thighs and legs (advice for women.. and some men). When you hold this book in your hands, you'll feel the same things you felt when you made love for the first time: dizzy, confused, and unsure why you woke up in a zoo alone. And as if that's not enough, the book serves as a great self-defense weapon. It's not big and heavy enough to knock out a potential home intruder, but it will stun him for a second. And if you're lucky and he picks it up after you've thrown it at him, it will keep him entertained for hours.

That's just the outside of the book. The inside is equally as impressive. Yes, it does contain a bunch of text that already exists on Cracked.com (you didn't think you'd be getting 100% brand new material while the editorial staff still has to program the most visited comedy website on a daily basis, did you?!). But it's much, much more than that. The textbook-style way that the book is organized is genius. You'll not only laugh and learn, you'll have nostalgic memories of all the time you spent in detention and in the janitor's windowless van. Also, all of the images and illustrations - and there are A LOT of them - are completely original.

This book represents a chance for you to take a little bit of David Wong, Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and all the others everywhere that you go. All that for just about $13. To quote Eddie Murphy in the early 80's doing an impression of a guy who owns a Chinese restaurant: what a bargain.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful By J. Selman on October 29, 2013
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I've been a fan of Cracked for the last several years. The site has always provided hilarious and educational content, and every time they step their toes into the literary world is another blessing in disguise. The De-Textbook, much like Cracked's first book, is an amazingly well-done collection of information with beautiful graphics and charts that makes the book something you'd really want to display on your living room coffee table. I don't know so much about the apparently faulty Kindle version of this book, but the physical version does not disappoint. Thankfully, pages can be turned! All in all, you really should buy this, the physical version at least. 5 stars.
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117 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on October 29, 2013
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Cracked.com is probably one of the best humor websites out there, and not just because it's funny. It also seeks to educate ("It's funny because it's true!"), and the amount of interesting and counter-intuitive information the website has gathered is staggering. It's even more staggering when you consider that a whole lot of it contradicts things we've been taught for years both in school and via the ol' "heard it somewhere" method of education.

Much like Cracked's previous book, You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts, this is mostly just a compendium of stuff website devotees have already read online, with the material organized according to subject matter. I don't have a problem with the rehashed information, though. It's nice to have it cataloged and so easily accessible, and it's totally understandable to want to make a little coin off of the hard work they've been handing out for free. With the goal of disabusing readers of "facts" that the school's (and general life experience) tend to get wrong, the book is a treasure trove of interesting material presented with a casual, usually hilarious flair (and not without its small share of colorful language). It's a great book, and you should get it.

The actual book, I mean.

Avoid the Kindle version, for which I give a grouchy two stars. YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE was modified like most books for Kindle, making it easy to read, resize the text, and even search for terms or highlight portions of the book.
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