Q: Your first book Why Do Men Have Nipples" was a runaway bestseller. Was there one question that got the ball rolling for that book? What was it?
Goldberg: I collected questions for several years and the idea for the book was slowly percolating. I would have to say that "Why Does My Pee Smell When I Eat Asparagus?" was the question that really got things rolling with respect to finding the voice of the book. We have been accused of including too much potty talk and this one kind of broke the seal on that.
Leyner: The first question for me that got the ball rolling was posed by Dr. Billy Goldberg. It was: "Will you collaborate on this book with me?" Goldberg's a wonderful friend, the coolest doctor in New York City, a fantastically interesting figurative painter, and a pretty formidable tequila drinker. And I figured: what could be more fun than working with this guy and finally finding a way to parlay my perverse interest in medical and biological arcana into something people could really enjoy? It's like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp forming a band!
Q: Do people recognize you two on the street now? What is the strangest question/comment you have received from fans?
Goldberg: Mark has been recognized several times on the streets of Hoboken, but the best I have gotten was one of the security guards at the hospital saying, "Hey Doc, I saw you on TV." That, and the nurses aides calling me Dr. Nipples.
Leyner: I went down to the lobby of a hotel recently because I'd eaten and drunk my mini-bar out of M&Ms and beer, and I needed MORE. The woman at the front desk said to me, "Hey! You're one of those Nipple Guys!!" My sky-rocketing Q-Score earned me a buttload of free Heinekin and Peanut M&Ms. Strangest questions... hmmmmm....either "What was it like being on Montel with mutant dogs and a psychic?" or "Do you two guys do medical experiments on each other?"
Q: How do you determine what questions to put in your books? Are there any questions or topics that you think are off limits?
Goldberg and Leyner: We put questions in that intrigue us, of course. And we especially love questions that make people giggle and cringe at the same time. Nothing is "off limits"... that's the sine qua non of the our whole enterprise. It's our ethos--there's NOTHING too embarrassing to ask.
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OBLIGATORY PRELUDE TO THE FOREWORD TO THE PROLOGUE TO THE PREFACE OF THE INTRODUCTION
DOES ANYONE READ THIS CRAP?
Okay, so here we go again. . . .
It feels a bit different this time. When we were writing Why Do Men Have Nipples?, we had no idea that anyone (other than our editor, wives, moms, and dads) would read the book. Shows what we know.
Our little nipples book has sold more than a million copies internationally and spent twenty-five weeks (and counting) on the New York Times bestseller list. You have no idea how much we have loved this ride and how much we adore babbling on TV and drive-time radio, and especially in the makeup rooms where we shamelessly flirted with a succession of fantastic makeup artists at all the major networks. (By the way, Mark prefers the spray-on nozzle method, which he likens to being simonized in a car wash.)
But a funny thing happened along the way. We quickly became aware of the fact that wed barely scratched the surface. As we talked to people whod enjoyed our first book, we began accumulating hundreds of new questionssome funny, down-to-earth, exotic, some embarrassing, some perplexing, but always thought-provoking enough that we knew wed have to include them in a brand-new volume.
We realized the gravity of the somber task ahead of us. We felt deputized. We knew we were now bound by honor and a fiduciary duty to you, our readers, to deliver unbiased, unadulterated, thoroughly researched, and unimpeachably factual answers to your questions. Humbled, but galvanized and inspired by the immense challenge that lay before us, we hunkered down in a windowless, antiseptic research cocoon, and made a solemn pledge to produce a new volume that would surpass the original and blaze new trails in the democratization of medical knowledge.Oh please . . . SEQUEL!!!!!!! Here it is . . . Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What I found was that about half of this book [or more] consists of chat transcripts of the two authors bantering to each other, obviously convinced of their own hilariousness. There are also long introduction passages to each chapter recounting very far-fetched stories. They're funny stories, don't get me wrong, but they're so reminiscent of a sitcom in nature that I personally started doubting how 'factual' the rest of their book is. I found their very self-congratulatory style of writing to be rather grating as well. It just didn't lend itself well to investing much trust in the concreteness of their answers to the touted questions.
If you're looking for stuff similar to the Schott's series, I would not reccomend this book. If you want to read chat transcripts and throwaway humor with a few bits of interesting material thrown in between, then go for it.
I hate to believe that enough people were seriously that concerned about something so rediculous that they had to print it in the book.
As for half of the other questions, you got roundabout answers that weren't really answered, but fluffed to take up room.
Not worth the buy. My suggestion is to go to your boostore, find it, flip through the questions and read the answers you are honestly curious about and save your money.
Leyner's books open the world of objective thinking and scientific curiosty wide and deep. Yes, there is much humor between the pages. These books provide the answers to questions we have not yet learned how to ask and help us ask more. Well done.
Battle of the Sexes
In the Kitchen
The Wide World of Sports and Exercise
No, I'm not a veterinarian
Insemination, Gestation, and Lactation
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose
Women want to know
A funny thing happened on the way to the spa
Natural and unnatural cures
The lost and found department
The topics in various subjects that kept me laughing and intrigued. Each chapter starts with a short vignette followed by a concise, easy to read question and answer format. I quickly read the book in an evening and I could not put it down.
Various questions that riddled the ancients include:
Why do women live longer than men?
Does barbecuing cause cancer?
Do toads cause warts?
Is a dog's mouth clean? Why do dogs wag their tails?
This book is so entertaining and compelling that you HAVE to read it.
I highly recommend this book.
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I've learned so much from this book-- my fiance and I always talked about this book every time when we have the chance to read this book in the bathroom. :-D Fun book to read.Published on January 11, 2013 by Heather Aldridge
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I find both this book and "Why Do Men Have Nipples" both entertaining and informative. The blend of silliness and straight-forward answers makes them both ideal reads.Published on January 6, 2009 by Sara R. Schombert
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