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

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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 poli
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Mariner Books
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This is a collection of crazy things – images, stories, chain letters, warnings, fakery, etc. that have been reported in the news, found on the internet, and circulated via email. It’s perfect for browsing if you’re looking for a laugh or some interesting conversational tidbits to bring to your next gathering (and if you don’t have access to, where you can go to learn about and in many cases debunk all of the panicked emails forwarded to you by your mother).

I got about half way throu
This compilation of urban legends, hoaxes, and funny stories is oddly dated. The speed of information in the internet age makes 2006 seem a long time ago. Rather than timeless, this book is outdated. Bernie Madoff has outshone the Enron house of cards, the Michael Jackson suicide hoax has been long forgotten after his real death, and most of the slang has been usurped with new terms.
Some things never change however. These sorts of books are always better as bathroom books (read a little periodic
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Amy Bunn
(This review first appeared on Williamsburg Regional Library's Blogging for a Good Book.

Boese ferrets out the truth behind urban myths, scams, hoaxes, outright lies, and a few strange things that actually turn out to be true. Some of these stories will be familiar (Is anyone still falling for that Nigerian bank scam? You know, the one where some guy asks you to send some money to help him get his money into the U.S.….). Other stories might not be (Did yo
Kaje Harper
I admit, I grabbed this off the library shelf because the tornado sirens were going off and I needed something in hand to read while cowering in the shelter zone of the library. But I checked it out after the all clear and read it all the way through. This is an amusing account of hoaxes and scams, mainly on the Internet but also in real life. Some have had amazing durability as urban legends. Others are surprising only in that people actually fell for them (spaghetti trees?) This is mostly for ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Alice rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who are interested in hoaxes
Recommended to Alice by: A Friend
Shelves: 3-star
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, so I was extremely and excited and surprised to receive this book. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This book of random and unuseful facts is extremely interesting and I soaked up every ounce of information. However, towards the end, I did feel the book got a bit too samey, and thus my int
Although this book was written in 2006, there is a timeless quality regarding hoaxes and "other B.S." that continues to make it relevant. Some of the contents I have read before in other places and I remember my inbox being flooded with "offers" to make me rich through various schemes. (Thank God for spam filters in use today!)

I got a lot of chuckles and laughs out of this book because of all the outrageous stories in it, some of which are true and others are internet "legends" (only slightly di
Somewhat outdated now and not as funny as the first time I read it.
The book was published in 2006, which dates it a bit, but the information contained within makes for a breezy read. This nonfiction guide to Internet hoaxes and urban legends explains itself rather well in the introduction: "Living in a hippo-eats-dwarf world requires hippo-eats-dwarf survival skills." There is so much in our world that is fraudulent, it's necessary to be able to determine what's real and what's fake. The author holds a degree in the history of science and has also authored anot ...more
Overall I found Hippo Eats Dwarf to be quite an interesting book. Its a good book to read if want a good book that's non-fiction and will interest you. It has different subjects since ever chapter covers a different subject of hoaxes. I found it clever how the first chapter was Birth and the last chapter was Death. In the middle it sadly got a bit boring but then near the end got interesting once again to make me want to finish.
Beau Johnston
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 roaring with laughter, because when I was a kid (about 150 years ago) the local news station ran this same story in one of its broadcasts (and even as a kid I thought the story smelled a little fishy).
Pedro Plassen
The author collects a series of bizarre stories about frauds, hoaxes and urban myths on several topics from the food industry, 419 scams, death itself to publicity, eBay or Business. One of my favorites was Politics (wonder why), particularly about the candidate that wanted to relocate Paris to the countryside so that its residents could enjoy fresher air. Very fun to read!
I dipped in and out of this over 3 months whenever I wanted to something quick to read. Boese exposes the truth behind the myths, urban legends and bullshit we all accept in day to day life. Although it is an interesting read, I think I preferred one of his other books, Elephants on acid. I do recommend it though. Read it if you get chance.
I really enjoyed reading this book and just tore through it. It's mostly about bullshit in general and not so much about hoaxes specifically, but still really good. It covers bullshit in entertainment, politics, war, and the internet, among other topics. The last chapter, on death, was particularly interesting to me.

I recommend this one!
Robert Kiehn
This book was a very good and interesting read from
cover to back and I have re read it again at least
once if not twice!

It's all about Urban Legends and internet rumors and some are actully
true or have merit to them.

The author of this book did a good job
writing it and plenty of reasearch.
Jennifer Patrick
Wacky fun news stories that I am shocked people actually beleived. My favorite may have been the Bambi hunt. Supposedly a local paint ball farm was realeased naked women for men to shoot at. Have some common sense people! Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it true!
Sep 10, 2012 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to see how to tell fact from fiction.
I enjoyed this book. There were a few things that I only skimmed over (since they were not as interesting as other things.) However, almost everything that I see via the internet I tend to take with a grain of salt. Which is what this book is generally telling us to do. :P
A fun read - Snopes in a way. My problems with the book is more with the actual printed book. I didn't like carrying something that had the word "dwarf" large on the cover. The colored pages made some print hard to read.
Short stories about the silly things that happen in the world. Not really likely to teach you anything about identifying hoaxes or other BS, but amusing. It would be best as a bathroom book.
A very enjoyable read. Consistently entertaining and nicely sequenced. The topics really did seem to flow and I did find myself quietly chuckling at some of the ridiculous tales.
Semi-entertaining book about the myths that we experience in day to day life. Just didn't like the author's style much. Trying too hard to be funny at times.
Jul 01, 2008 Devon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Devon by: Kirsten
I love weird stuff! I'm really looking forward to reading his other ("more intellectual," says Kirsten) book about historical hoaxes.
Mar 17, 2008 Mari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mari by: Self
Cool book full of practical and not so practical tips on such hoaxes and legends as: Hippo Eats Dwarf, etc.

Kevin Connery
Quirky collection of tips on spotting the difference between spoofed/parody bizarre stories and real bizarre stories.
Informative, a good book that sjhould be read by about 89% of the internet.... and Sun readers.
Emma  Kaufmann
Excellent book about how 99.9% of what we are told every day in the media is lies.
Feb 15, 2009 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
Nice easy read. Nothing to in-depth here, but sometimes that is exactly what you need.
filled with hoaxes i hadn't known about!
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Alex Boese holds a master's degree in the history of science from UC San Diego. He is the creator of He lives near San Diego.

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