Hippo Eats Dwarf

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 5, 2010 - Science
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The following news story apparently first appeared in the Las Vegas Sun:

'A circus dwarf, nicknamed Od, died recently when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus waiting to appear in the next act. More than 1,000 spectators continued to applaud wildly until they realized the tragic mistake.'

And yet, of course, Od never existed; which doesn't stop the story appearing every few years as a news item, set in fictional circuses from Manchester to Thailand and Sydney. The hippo-eats-dwarf story is a) bizarre, b) almost certainly fake and c) masquerading as real, which describes a disturbing amount of what we hear and read about in magazines and on the web.

Scientific investigator Alex Boese, who has for ten years run the web's biggest myth-busting website www.museumofhoaxes.com, has collected together a wonderfully entertaining anthology of the best urban myths of recent years, from bonsai kittens reared in jars to keep them small to male lactation, and confirms or de-bunks them once and for all. So did Burger King really release a left-handed Whopper, with all of the condiments rotated through 180 degrees? Is dehydrated water available to buy online? Or are they just hippo-eats-dwarf urban myths?

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Review: Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other BS

User Review  - Beau Johnston - Goodreads

A fun guide to hoaxes and urban legends. I baulked at some of the hoaxes because I couldn't believe people were silly enough to have given them an ounce of credibility. One of the stories had me ... Read full review

Review: Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other BS

User Review  - Alice - Goodreads

I've given this book 3 stars, but it's really more a 3.5, I'm just being stingy. Hippo Eats Dwarf is exactly my type of book, I'm really into myths and subliminal messages and things of that nature ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Recognized as an expert on hoaxes 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 Elephants on Acid, a fascinating tour through the weirdest science experiments ever conducted, and is the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com, which receives over a million page hits every month. He lives in San Diego.

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