Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. Review
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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.

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