Is it true? Do you believe it? Is it real? Hippo Eats Dwarf
gives thousands of examples of the hoaxes, scams, and other forms of B.S.
in today’s world. From the world’s fattest cat, to penis size (the most
lied-about body part), to Michael Jackson’s nose, this book is meant to
provide guidance as to what—and what not—to believe.|
Hippo Eats Dwarf is divided into 16 sections: birth, bodies,
romance, food, photography, the Internet, email, e-Bay, technology, news, entertainment, advertising, business, politics, war, and death.
Examples include those “forward this to everyone you know” e-mails, the
infamous human finger found in Wendy’s chili, a urinal that lights up and
plays a taped advertisement upon sensing motion, and the Volkswagen
suicide bomber ad.
Author Alex Boese, recognized as a “hoaxpert” by CNN and The New York
Times, gives us a fun, fascinating, and informative book, packed with
info and photos on fake reality and the stories behind the stories. It’s
interesting to note that, in this world of realty TV, Boese believes that
people are fascinated with fakery because it’s more fun—better than the
bitter truth. It allows us to pretend to have what we can’t; it allows for
self-promoting B.S. And technological advancements allow for more
aggressive, elaborate fakery. You won’t find frauds, counterfeit scams,
UFOs, or ghost stories here. While some of the hoaxes are criminal, most
of them are just weird and deliberately faked, and Boese helps us wade
through it. Check out his Web site at MuseumOfHoaxes.com.