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  • Taschenbuch: 300 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pan Macmillan; Auflage: Unabridged (19. Februar 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330512919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512916
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,9 x 19,7 cm
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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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HIPPO EATS DWARF: A FIELD GUIDE TO HOAXES AND OTHER B.S. is hilarious! If you want something light and fun to read, then this is the book for you! And how could you not want to read a book called HIPPO EATS DWARF? As
if that isn't the greatest title ever!

This book is all about hoaxes that people have created or have thought up! There are some great ones in this book. They are things as obvious as the "you must forward this e-mail or you are going to die" e-mails that everyone gets to the unreality of reality TV shows.

I really liked this book, and have a friend who really liked it, also. There are some really funny, useless facts in this book, too. I definitely will tell all of my friends to read this!

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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Army Worm Wine, A Vacuum Bra, And Much, Much More 20. Januar 2012
Von Robert I. Hedges - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
In "Hippo Eats Dwarf" Alex Boese takes on a variety of hoaxes, frauds, distortions, and misconceptions that are to a large degree enabled by the Internet. I liked the book, but found it wandered off track on occasion. Most annoying, I found it physically difficult to read. In addition to standard black on white type, there is an abundance of brown and green which are distracting at best but when brown type appears on green background, which is quite common, it's fairly tedious to read.

That is likely not a decision Boese made, but the content is, and it's mostly good though some of the text is less hoax-debunking and more straight humor. My favorite example is the personal ad from the "Dublin News" reading "Optimistic Mayo man, 35, seeks a blonde 20-year-old double-jointed supermodel, who owns her own brewery, and has an open-minded sister." I was highly amused, although most people are sly enough not to need the questionable nature of the ad pointed out. I was also entertained by the prank product found online called the "Real Sheep" that it involves silicone and is listed as a romance product. That is all that need be said.

The real value of the book (besides entertainment, obviously) is in showing how easy it is to deceive people using fake Internet sites, elaborate schemes (and some fairly obvious ones, such as the famous Nigerian banking scam,) and digital photograph alteration. On that basis alone I found the book worth the purchase price. Frequently Boese punctuates points with outlandish true tales, my favorite of which involves the Klingon translation of "Hamlet." Really. Despite Klingons being wholly fictional, it may not surprise you that their language (started at the University of California, Berkeley, naturally) has now been given an official stamp of approval by the Oregon mental health authority, which in 2003 made it a patient right to have a Klingon interpreter present on demand. Some of us aren't surprised, but we all should be.

Ignoring the horrible typesetting issues involved, this is a generally informative and entertaining book, and I recommend it to open-minded readers looking for something a bit off the beaten path.
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Could have been good 22. März 2011
Von Bob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
From the title and the info supplied from the publisher this book seems to be about urban myths however it soon branches off to cover everything from frauds to advertising and this is the main weakness of the book as it covers so much ground that the author does not develop any of the themes. He also makes statements that are opinion and cannot be substantiated for example he states that none of Amazon reviews are worth reading as some are written by authors to publicise their books , whilst it is probably true that some authors do this the majority of reviews are not by authors (I hope no one thinks that an author would write this one). It could have been a far better book if less subject matter was covered but more depth and subject matter for example source material. He mentions the "Nigerian" scam but gives no real examples he also states much as fact with nothing to back it up. If this was written as a humorous book it may have worked but it was almost text book in style and a poorly researched one at that.
Entertaining Read! 26. September 2006
Von James N Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Hippo Eats Dwarf picks up where Boese's former non fiction book The Museum of Hoaxes left off, like with that book it is a great read and isn't just limited to America like so many books in this genre are. The only criticism of this book that I have is that it repeats a fair number of hoaxes and other entries from the former book for example Tourist Guy at the World Trade Centre. If you are only going to get one of the two, I'd definitely get Hippo Eats Dwarf as it is a lot thicker and has obviously has more information inside.

In Hippo Eats Dwarf Boese tackles myths that are taken as fact in places such as the media and on the Internet. He explains how many photographs are doctored with programs like Photoshop, how people fake their deaths, how people manipulate the stockmarket, the unethical tricks of advertising and marketing. Con artist tricks used to get you to part with your money and a number of web addresses of humorous websites that have shocked and caused outrage to those who didn't bother to look closely where the sites told them it was joke are also included, although not all are still operational.

An interesting item from within Hippo eats Dwarf for those of us who participate in the review writing process on this site is that Boese points out that many reviews on Amazon are written by the authors, their families, friends and publishers. He obviously isn't the first to make this claim (one of Westlake's fictional characters, who is an author with writers block talks about writers and Amazon in one of his novels). Many of us have also noticed that often when you write a review that is not in favour of a book within a week you have one or more not helpful votes when no other reviews at all have been posted. Many rumours also abound (not stated in this book) that the top ranking reviewers are not real people either, as it is impossible to read the volume of books they claim to each and every day plus they seem to get elements of the plot wrong on numerous occasions. Whether they are a book lovers club writing under the one pen name or Amazon staff trying to set a high benchmark to encourage you to post more reviews I guess we'll never know. Well unless maybe this can be investigated for the next book in this interesting and entertaining series!
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And you thought hippos were vegetarians 25. April 2007
Von Dennis Littrell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I was a little grossed out by the fake pregnancies, the male pregnancies, the male lactation and the disgusting plastic surgery and anorexia in the first two chapters, but after that the book got good. Surprisingly good. Alex Boese's formula includes a lot of information and misinformation, and gives you the reader in some cases the opportunity to guess which is which. For example, did a circus dwarf fall into the mouth of a yawning hippo, triggering the hippo's swallowing reflex?

How about Snowball, that 87-pound cat you've probably seen pictures of. Real? Or the bonsai kittens in a bottle?

Just to prove this is NOT a fake Amazon review written by the author in disguise (see page 112), I am going to reveal the answers (sorry Alex): no, no, and no. Well, you knew that. But if you've seen the hippo nature special on PBS you know that hippos will on occasion join the crocs and the lions at the kill.

Aside from the many hoaxes and the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me's, and various other wtf's, what Boese does so well in this book is entertain in a way that makes you think. What I was thinking was can we believe anything anymore? I mean almost any photo can be faked and photoshopped. Politicians steal elections and invent phony reasons for wars as massive Halliburton welfare projects, etc. And the media doesn't know veracity from its elbow. And it's getting so nobody really cares anymore. Boese is documenting this and calling it to our attention.

His main source is the Web in all its quirky, bogus, hoaxy and fun-loving glory. But hold on, Virginia. One would think after all these years that somebody would be getting a clue that--quoting Boese's "Reality Rule 6.1": "Just because you read it on the Internet doesn't mean it's true." Take the strange case of "The Gullible Professor" (p. 125). Weldong Xu of Harvard University (Bush's grad school, don't you know) "received an e-mail informing him of a business proposal that would transfer $50 million into his bank account...The only catch was the usual 'unforeseen expenses,' numbering hundreds of thousands of dollars. He raised $600,000 from friends and colleagues, telling them he was collecting money to fund SARS research in China... [E]ven after he was arrested, Xu continued to insist that his friends overseas were going to send him $50 million."

Judging from my email, the Nigerian scam is small potatoes compared to the lottery scam. I get several "Congratulations you have won!!!!" for every "I am Rwanda Ugamba...reply urgently my secretary." Just for the heck of it I added up how much I had won in just one 24-hour period: $32.7 million. And I do this every day.

Then there are the "Internet-Crossed Lovers" who, assuming new identities, joined an online chat room for singles. Lo and behold when they arrived at their pre-arranged rendezvous, it turned out that they were none other than each other's spouse! Shades of the "Pina Colada Song," God help us.

One of the funniest bits is Boese's report of "The New 'Honor System' Virus." You get an email that reads: "This virus works on the honor system. Please forward this message to everyone you know, then delete all the files on your hard drive. Thank you for your cooperation." (p. 123)

There's a lot of comical stuff about George W. and the Bush administration and all of its mendacities and misinformations and outright b.s., and some golden oldies from the Clinton years as well, some of it true and some of it not so true. But here's a big time reality check for you: Boese gives various definitions of neologisms throughout the book such as this one:

"Money Party, n.: The monolithic political party rumored to govern the United States. Said to camouflage its monopoly on power by periodically hiring new actors to serve as presidents, senators, and congressmen." (p. 241)

In his naivete, Boese thinks he's joking around. Actually there IS only one political party in the US with two branches, the Republican and the Democratic, and they do indeed send in a new cast every few years.

This is a "fun" book obviously with lots of photos (touched up and not) and other art work. The text appears in brown, green and white on green and brown and sometimes white, but it's not distracting. I would rate this as just a clever bon-bon book except for the fact that Boese really does come up with some startling juxtapositions between reality and unreality, and because the unavoidable message that will hit the reader is a profound one. I would call that message, "Reality, what a concept!" (From Robin Williams, some years ago, when he was still doing TV's "Mork and Mindy.")

One final warning: pictured on page 139 is a "DVD Rewinder." Regardless of how much it is marked down, don't buy it.

(Note: Check out books written by Dennis Littrell, ten of which are now available on Amazon!)
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Revolutionary vision from an amazing oracle 9. März 2006
Von A. J. Downs - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Translated from the original German, this testament has a few inaccuracies which lead to some confusion (and thus the title), but for the most part it can be followed by the faithful as a devotional and spiritual guide (which is it's true purpose after all).

Alex Boese has transformed his knowledge of hoax and deception into an inspirational message of peace and love through the very vehicle which he so eloquently debunks in one paragraph and utilizes for his missive within that very same paragraph. An adept wordsmith, interlacing scripture with text in a seamless series of lessons meant to raise awareness and spark enlightened to what shall surely become comme il faut.

I found myself becoming morbidly fascinated by the number of subtly prophetic insights Alex injected into this manuscript. The numerous animal references obviously point out that we should all be more open minded about our relationships with animals and the expression of our feelings in a more romantic fashion without fear of ridicule or judgement by the less enlightened masses, and yet there are certain prohibitions which are to be observed in order to preserve the decorum of this most sacred act. A less astute writer would have missed this fine point and mislead his readers. There is also the interjection of the need for the reader to proclaim their allegiance to this religion and modify their behavior in such a way as to lead the masses into a new age of enlightenment. This IS truly a field guide to hoaxes, BUT what is written between the lines is that which we must all follow: The prescription laid out in this tome to create a new utopia, through guile and deception, as the "ends justify the means".

The gullible and moronic few will only see the superficial camouflage Alex has deviously woven his message into that can be interpreted as a "follow-up" novel to his previous work, Museum of Hoaxes. The reality of this effort is a crusade by a visionary prophet to guide & convert the populace to Nirvana through subliminal and carefully crafted nemonic clues within this masterwork. I applaud my new mentor and recommend this fine work to everyone, everywhere.
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