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Crap I Bought On eBay: 101 Crazy Bizarre, Seriously Weird, Ridiculously Raunchy Items Exposed Paperback – Bargain Price, October 4, 2011
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As for the book, it's wonderful. Funny, sharp, (as noted) crass in the best possible sense of the world, and without a doubt geared towards an adult audience that likes humor that takes both the high road, the low road and the subway at the same time.
I tend to read at night, and as such when reading humor books, I tend to wake my significant other when reading particularly funny books. She can tell how funny a book is by how difficult it is for her to get to sleep. Let's just say she slept badly for two nights straight. This is a book you can fly through in no time, but it's a tear-inducing bit of work here. Now, the items themselves are pretty absurd... nightmare fuel, in some cases. That would be amusing enough, without any commentary. However, that's the magic of the book. The author commentary (on the level of Mystery Science Theater 3000's best writing often), interactions with auction people and feedback are gut-wrenchingly funny.
Also, it's not fit for kids. Seriously. This one is your book, adult folks. However, be prepared for high quality poop jokes, sexual innuendo and outright profanity. All of which are used like surgical instruments in the most craftsmanlike manner to bring you the funny.
Writers Cary McNeal and Beverly Jenkins reveal these unbelievably wacky items in this book. Almost all of the items in the book they actually purchased off of eBay themselves. A few high-priced items like a life-sized dinosaur statue and a USMC tank (too expensive to buy just for the sake of a few laughs and a book deal) make up the final chapter. Be forewarned, some of the material in this book is strictly for adults in nature and is not intended for children (the word "Raunchy" in the title is a good clue).
The book gives a brief eBay listing, description, and the price of each item. The listings by themselves are quite entertaining, but are made even more amusing by the running humorous commentary from the authors about each item for sale. Also accompanying many of the listings are emails between the writers and the sellers, made hilarious by the writers playing the part of the devil's advocate asking questions that are quite often sarcastic or smart-alecky in nature to the sellers.
Just a few of the extraordinary items that McNeal and Jenkins write about include: a dead body action figure on a gurney, a Mexican fish bobblehead, magickal cat claws, a dinosaur dung fossil, a Mr. T air freshener, a rubber duckie Christmas nativity scene, and a zombie defense helmet protector.
Those who are already familiar with Cary McNeal's writing from his first book,1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader and the accompanying calendar, 365 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You 2012 Daily Calendar will not be disappointed. Those of us who are regular readers of McNeal's online humor from his blog, List of the Day, and from his advice column where he plays the role of the Wise Ass on the website, GuySpeak, will instantly recognize his sharp wit, his signature sarcastic wink, and his straight-to-the-point, no-punches-pulled humor that keep us laughing on a daily basis. As always, he writes with a twinkle in his eye and his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Co-author Beverly Jenkins is a TV producer, director, and writer. She writes the humor blog, Out of Bev's Head...Into Yours.
For yourself, or as a fun adult gag gift, this book is sure to bring on the laughs. For those who enjoy humor that pokes fun at things that are ridiculous, inane, and far-fetched, this book is a sure win!
I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED & DISGUSTED: & AM RETURNING THIS PIECE OF NASTY "CRAP"!