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The World's Worst: A Guide To The Most Disgusting Hideous; Inept, And Dangerous People, Places, And Things On Earth Paperback – Bargain Price, May 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0811846067
  • ASIN: B000EMSZ3I
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (0-8118-3554-5) and has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, LA Weekly, Wired, and Playboy. Co-founder of the popular bOING bOING weblog, he lives in Southern California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I'm a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. I am the editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine (http://makezine.com) I co-founded bOING bOING magazine, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Wired Online. I write a monthly column for Playboy called 'Living Online,' and was the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (Putnam-Berkley, 1995). Find out more about me at http://boingboing.net

Customer Reviews

I have actually bought 4 copies of this book so far.
Fuzzbucket
My beef is that although the book is 176 pages long, it really has about half of that in content.
J. LeBrecht
I knew Mark's wee book would be a fun and interesting read.
Peter Marshall

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Holmes VINE VOICE on July 10, 2005
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"The World's Worst" is really entertaining as far as it goes, but a cursory review of this morning's newspaper suggests that it should have been a much longer book. Still, each of the book's fifty short chapters is quite witty and enoyable to read. Among the entries: kopi luwak, the world's most disgusting beverage, which involves processing coffee beans through the digestive tract of a civet cat (can't wait to order that at Starbucks); the most disgusting fruit (the durian, "like eating ice cream in a sewer"); the most gruesome bug bite (revenge of the brown recluse spider); the worst-smelling flower ("corpse flower" says it all); the world's worst molasses-related disaster (it killed 21 people in Boston in January 1919, so apparently "molasses in January" isn't so slow after all); the most disgusting behavior on an airplane (I think I'd rather take my chances with the civet cat); and the lamest former dictator (now living on his Mom's couch).

"The World's Worst" is light, fluffy, entertaining and a quick read. And it's very sequel-friendly--the next volume(s) will no doubt be just as amusing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Brian Watkins VINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
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Mr. Frauenfelder has scoured the globe for interesting bits of trivia related solely by their ability to horrify. Whether natural perils or stomach turning drunken antics, the book holds one's attention. Perhaps in reading of such events and things we can take solace in our normal and safe lives. Seriously, who first decided to make a drink out of berries scavenged from the dung of a wild cat? Who first opened a fruit that smells like rotting flesh and decided to taste it?

My only complaint was that the format was extremely limited. Perhaps in keeping with the jocular tone of the work the author didn't want to get into too much detail, but detail is precisely what makes many of these things fascinating.

If you have a friend or acquaintance who is discouraged, this would be an excellent gift. Perhaps we have an innate need to constantly reestablish that things can always be worse.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. LeBrecht on July 5, 2005
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Indeed, this book made me laugh and grossed me out. All good, in my opinion.

My beef is that although the book is 176 pages long, it really has about half of that in content. Each "chapter/entry" starts off with a whole page dedicated to a sentance stating what the subject is, "Most Disgusting Drink", for example. Then the entry usually starts off in the middle of the next page. The lay out of this book makes it seem like it's a lot longer than it really is. Take a look at the example. I would have hoped for a longer tome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Addison on March 22, 2013
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Lazy, lazy, lazy. I read this extremely abbreviated book in the time it took to get a manicure. Partly because there was very little here I hadn't already heard about a dozen times elsewhere. Durian? Maggot cheese? Mike the Headless Chicken? This is all stuff that got passed around on Usenet approximately 100 years ago. Show me a regular user of the Internet who's never heard of durian, and I'll show you a 57-year-old divorcee whose main hobby is filling in the gaps in her Beanie Baby collection via eBay. Seriously, almost none of the information in here was even a little bit new to me.

I bought it at a bargain price and still feel like I wasted my money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg B on March 11, 2013
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The book was slightly entertaining but if I had paid more than $ .99 I would have really kicked myself. If you get it for the reduced price, I guess a buck is worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Fletcher on March 18, 2013
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Being a fan of Boing Boing I was happy to see this book offered at a discount price. Boy! Was I disappointed. It seems that Frauenfelder phoned this one in while he was busy working on something more worthwhile. A bit insulting really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Elton on February 25, 2013
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Purchased the digital edition while on vacation with family. Was an easy read with plenty of amusing material that was easy to share. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys funny, non-fictional vignettes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Marshall on September 6, 2012
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As a keen 'Boing Boing' [...] .... ok, ok HUGE FAN! I knew Mark's wee book would be a fun and interesting read. I wasn't disapointed. Funny thing though, when I bought it (Kindle edition)in August, on a whim whilst bored shitless at work, I'm sure it cost only a couple of bucks, now its more than $7? Probably wouldn't have been keen to pay $7 for it... after all, its the type of book that you take into the toilet with you, to 'pass the time' as it were.
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