Synopses & Reviews
*HIPPO EATS DWARF!
*Meat harvested from genetically-engineered trees!
*Huge mutant cats roam the land!
*Haunted kitchen appliances auctioned on eBay!
*Cell phones implanted in teeth!
*Interstate 69 renamed the more "moral sounding" Interstate 63!
Or is this just all b.s.? Dont be a victim of todays Misinformation Age! Read HIPPO EATS DWARF, the essential field guide to life, death, eBay, and everything in between.
Recognized as a hoaxpert by CNN and the New York Times, among others, ALEX BOESE holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com. He lives in San Diego.
"Hoaxes are but one tile in the vast mosaic of mis- and disinformation detailed in this delicious compendium of fakery. The ones that Boese offers are a far cry from the classic deceptions spotlighted in his previous The Museum of Hoaxes; they're mainly smirky Internet pranks, like a fake CNN.com news report that fellatio protects against breast cancer. But Boese finds inexhaustible fodder for his theme of the ubiquitous fakery of modern life, including Enron-style business scams, lip-synching scandals, artificial flavors, mislabeled meats, doctored photos, covert marketing campaigns, celebrity plastic surgery and denials of surgery, breast implants, and that oldest of ruses, the fake orgasm. He also covers a smattering of conspiracy theories from perennials like subliminal advertising and the 'Paul is dead' rumor, to a recent Sudanese panic he dubs the 'penis-melting Zionist robot comb' proving that we are at our most gullible when we are most suspicious. Boese wittily tracks down the leads to establish the truth or usually falsehood behind the facade, and sprinkles in handy 'Reality Rules' to bolster readers' defenses against nonsense, the most pertinent of which is, '[j]ust because you read it on the Internet doesn't mean it's true.' Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
PRAISE FOR THE MUSEUM OF HOAXES
"As entertaining as it is well researched." -ENTERTAINMENT TODAY
"This book is smart, well-written, and a helluva lot of fun." -CULTUREDOSE.COM
Can you grow a bonsai kitten? Should you stock up on dehydrated water? Is it easy to order human-flavored tofu? Or is this all just B.S.?
In a world of lip synching, breast implants, payola punditry, and staged reality shows, it's hard to know the real from the fake. Hippo Eats Dwarf is the essential field guide to today's Misinformation Age. Whether you're deciphering political doublespeak or trying to decide whether to forward that virus warning, hoaxpert Alex Boese provides the guidelines you need. For instance, Reality Rule 6.1: Just because you read it on the Internet doesn't make it true.
With case files, reality checks, definitions, and plenty of doctored photos, Hippo Eats Dwarf is an entertaining guide to life, death, eBay, and everything in between.
In a world of lip synching, breast implants, and staged reality shows, it's hard to know the real from the fake. Now "hoaxpert" Boese offers the essential field guide to today's "Misinformation Age."
About the Author
Recognized as a hoaxpert by CNN and the New York Times, among others, Alex Boese holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com. He lives in San Diego.
Table of Contents
The World Wide Web 96
The News 147