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Alien Hand Syndrome Paperback – July 10, 2009
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The book turned out better than I even anticipated. (The cover has improved, for one thing.) I hadn't been keeping up with the site, and now I see what I've been missing-- and there's other stuff exclusive to the book, if you are a faithful follower. I seriously love it. This is Ripley's for the 21st century. Fascinating, funny, disturbing, awe-inspiring, all in rapid succession. And all in bite-sized chunks. (Dare I say it? It's good bathroom reading...) I've found the book itself is a conversation piece. People laugh at the title and then ask what it's about. And if you've read it, well, you'll have plenty of facts to mesmerize that girl at the cocktail party. And you'll be a better person for it. Moreover, the book is cheap! But why listen to me? See what Scott Adams said about it on the cover. Alan's writing (and everybody else's!) absolutely scintillates. So go find out what a megacryometeor is.
There are a few brand new articles containing subject matter not already published on the website (see below for a list).
Another thing I like about the book is that it has some articles that combine and summarize multiple similar web articles (like Cognitive Glitches).
Many of the article titles in the book are different than titles on the website.
I was going to buy this book even if the authors decided to only use the existing online content. It was an added bonus to see new material. Here are articles that I found to be exclusive to the book (at the time of this writing) :
*Deep Water Mysteries
*Kowloon: The Walled City of Darkness
*The McCollum Memo
*The Revelations of Restored Sight
*Sylbaris The Survivor
*Unanticipated Side Effects
*Walking Corpse Syndrome
Again, some of the above "new" articles contain pieces and summaries of existing online articles, but the writers added a fair amount of interesting fresh content.
Each segment is so well researched, and is a labor of love, so that publication is somewhat erratic. But it is almost always worth the wait. And, to a certain extent, the hard cover version is easier to use than the somewhat clunky online version.
Whatever your reasons, this is a blog and a group well worth supporting.
Robert C. Ross
This book really delivers, just like the website, without being merely a text iteration of the site. I love the obscurity of its stories, and the fact that even though i hate doing it, i always learn something after I'm finished reading. If the unknown and obscure is what tickles your pickle, this is the book for you!
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Don't judge the book by it's title. It's so much more! Random facts put together in a way that captivates the reader. I wish there were more books out there like this one!Published 11 months ago by HDay
I'm a Big fan of the "Damn Interesting" website to begin with, so I thought this book was awesome. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael W. Rea
Here's a bunch of short articles "based on truth" from history, science and medicine. Other reviewers have described this book adequately, but I have a few impressions of my own... Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by J. W. Kennedy
This book consist of a lot of few pages articles, dealing with bizarre/remarkable stories. The best thing is contain these stories that you almost never hear anywhere else, but... Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by j
Having lived in a cave for the past 100 years or so, I confess I was totally unaware of the [...] website. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Mike O'Connor
This is the best book I've ever read* in my life. It has all sorts of fascinating, bizarre stories such as the time a large jetliner completely ran out of fuel and landed safely... Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by Eric Ewanco