By Christopher Cerf
Did you recognize that carrots reason blindness and bananas are radioactive? That too many candlelight dinners could cause melanoma? and never purely is bottled water a veritable petri dish of biohazards (so is faucet water, incidentally) yet driving a bicycle may well wreck your intercourse life?
In Encyclopedia Paranoiaca, master satirists Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have assembled an authoritative, disturbingly entire, and completely debilitating stock of items poised to hurt, maim, or kill you—all of them according to real study in regards to the perils of daily life. Painstakingly alphabetized, cross-referenced, and punctiliously sourced for simple reference, this booklet simply may store your lifestyles. (Apologies upfront if it doesn’t.) Beard and Cerf cite convincing proof that daily issues we reflect on healthy—eating leafy vegetables, flossing, washing our hands—are truly destructive, and goods we notion have been harmless— consuming straws, flip-flops, neckties, thin denims— pose life-threatening hazards. were you aware that just about 10000 everyone is despatched to the emergency room every year due to escalator injuries, and, regardless of what you’ve heard, farmers’ markets may very well be much less secure than grocery shops? And if you’re crossing your legs instantly, you’re certainly at critical possibility.
Hilarious, insightful, and, every now and then, downright terrifying, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca brings to gentle a complete host of hidden threats and looming dooms that make asteroid affects, planetary pandemics, and worldwide warming appear like a simple task (which can also be emphatically now not recommended).
The Definitive Compendium of items You totally, certainly mustn't ever devour, Drink, put on, Take, develop, Make, purchase, Use, Do, allow, think, or enable your self Be uncovered to, together with a lot of poisonous, deadly, terrible Stuff that you simply idea used to be secure, sturdy, or fit; every kind of actually undesirable those who are Out to Get, Cheat, thieve from, or in a different way benefit from You; and an entire Host of Existential Threats and Looming Dooms That Make international Warming, tremendous Meteors, and Planetary Pandemics appear like a sure bet (with Its excessive danger of epidermis melanoma, damaged Bones, Bee Stings, Allergic Seizures, Animal assaults, felony attacks, and Lightning Strikes)
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By David Feldman
Ponder, in case you will ...
What is the variation among a equipment and a caboodle?
Why do not humans get goose bumps on their faces?
Where do houseflies move within the winter?
What factors that ringing sound on your ears?
Pop-culture guru David Feldman demystifies those issues and a lot more in Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? -- the unchallenged resource of solutions to civilization's such a lot nagging questions. a part of the Imponderables® sequence and charmingly illustrated by way of Kassie Schwan, Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? demanding situations readers with the information approximately way of life that encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs simply should not have. and give it some thought, the place else are you going to resolve why scorching canines come ten to a package deal whereas sizzling puppy buns are available eights?