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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 278 pages
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.


 

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User Review  - dtw42 - LibraryThing

Interesting and light-hearted, but not as coherently structured as Boese's other book, "Elephants on Acid". Here, although the stories are separated thematically into chapters ("Food", "Email", "The ... Read full review

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User Review  - sanddancer - LibraryThing

The title is taken from an often reported but untrue story about a hippo in a circus swalling a dwarf which the audience mistakes for part of the act. This story is the introduction to hoaxes, urban ... Read full review

Contents

Birth
5
Bodies
21
Romance
39
Food
63
Photography
84
The World Wide Web
96
Email
114
eBay
128
The News
147
Entertainment
166
Advertising
184
Business
207
Politics
228
War
250
Acknowledgments
273
Index
274

Technology
135

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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.

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