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Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy Paperback – June 15, 2010

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Forget computer-generated movie monsters. Bickel takes a black-humor look at real-life creepiness, like squirrels that look at us too long and used Band-Aids we see on the sidewalk. --Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel

About the Author

Besides being one of the world's most respected creepiologists, David Bickel is a writer and producer who has been working in television since Clinton was president. His credits include Hiller and Diller starring Richard Lewis and Kevin Nealon, and a nine-year stint on the Emmy-nominated show The King of Queens. He continues to delight hundreds of viewers a week writing for various TV shows.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740791389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740791383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Payne on June 14, 2010
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When I first started following David Bickel's @Creepiosity profile on twitter, I was intrigued by his -- how shall I put this in politically correct terms? -- "unique" sense of humor. I was also entertained, sometimes horrified, and generally in utter agreement with his choices as to what qualifies as unintentionally creepy (except for the chapter about multiple cat ownership). What makes David a genius is that he has given a perfect name to those things we've all been aware of via an unbidden shudder here, or an eyeroll there, but never had a way to express it before. His book is genius. He's genius. And you will never look at life the same after you read it. Which you will. Because you're going to buy it. Otherwise, David might send a troupe of Red-Ass Monkeys after you. Seriously. He's like that.
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Finally a book that's creepy but also very, very funny. Open letter to a homeless guy is hilarious. The author, David Bickel is a former writer/producer for THE KING OF QUEENS. This book proves that he is also the KING OF CREEPY.
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Bought this for my kids. My daughter loves to use the word creepy, and loves cats, so what better than a book with a creepy cat on the cover? Like so many things in life, what the author calls attention to is funny because its true! This isn't a book with substance, but good for killing some time or a conversation starter. Its also not very long, but worth $5 or so for laughs.
Btw,
I have 5 cats, all rescues, and I don't think I'm creepy at all. Muahahahhahaha ;)
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If you are setting yourself up as an authority of what's creepy, it's probably a good idea to make sure you, yourself, are not the creepiest of all. I found the judgy attitude of the author, who seems to really get off on goofing on others, to be an ironic bit of ultimate creepiness. Et tu, Brute?

From a practical standpoint, the book did not work very well for me on the Kindle, since a lot of his creepy points were made at the expense of photographs. When the caption appears on the next page, does it lose a great deal of the point? Yes, it does, for me at least. Numerous photos interspersed with captions do not lend themselves well to the Kindle. On the other hand, without the photos the "book" (or collection of snarky asides, which is what it really is) would be even less coherent.

I will never get the two hours of my life that I spent reading this book back again. And that may be the creepiest thing of all.
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Creepy things mentioned in this book:

Your friend's grandma (come on, you know it's true)
Bazooka Joe
Dick Cheney smiling
Everyone Else's religion
Your religion (Come on, let's be real about this)
Guys with beards but no mustaches

etc.

Don't get this if you are easily offended, have no sense of humor, don't ever get creeped out by anything or anyone, or take things too seriously. This isn't for anyone who thinks we should put strict limits on what we talk about.

I love all cats but that cat on the cover is extremely creepy.

I'm so happy someone called these things out for what they are. Why censure your thoughts?

This should have included neck beards as a subcatagory under guys with beards but no
mustaches. Certain small towns on the west coast have pockets of guys walking around with beards growing on only their NECKS!

This has made me more aware of creepy things in general. It's a way of looking at life the way R. Crumb did, seeing the strangeness that's around us. It's also a way of heightening my powers of observation. Why dismiss creepiness when we can notice it and relish it?

This book made me lol. I loved Lucille Ball but there was a bit of creepiness to her when she got older. This book points that out. I know, it's not polite to say that and like I said I really loved her. But it feels so good to get things out in the open sometimes, to make light of things and people and not hold back thoughts. And it feels so good to laugh and let go. This is an excellent, silly, irreverant book.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but let me tell you, I am sure glad I picked this up on the kindle sale! Lots of witty observations about historical, domestic, and commonplace items, complete with photos and funny captions. I breezed through this book in one sitting and found myself smiling a lot...and laughing out loud quite a bit more that I thought I would! Yes, mom and pop shops (with odd misspellings on signs), sea monkeys, and great moments with mr Lincoln are all...creepy in various capacities. A great book for a coffee table, plane ride, beach read, etc. A whimsical bit of humor blended with sarcasm. Take a peek inside....
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Anyone glancing at the customer reviews can see that this book is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, you'll quickly know if this book is for you. Like any collection of short humor pieces, some parts work better than others, but overall I found this book to be exactly what the title promises: Hilarious. I often found myself chortling, snorting, guffawing, and engaging in other obnoxious behaviors while reading the book. The book isn't creepy--it's just damn funny.
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