How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product
Author: Dave Praeger
Publisher: Feral House
Is “The Origin of Feces” a Darwinian concern? Perhaps not, but it is the title to the preface of this tongue-in-cheek and unexpectedly revealing exploration of human behavior by the webmaster behind the popular PoopReport.com. This book is not a history of poop, but a study of today. Its goal is to understand how poop affects us, how we view it, and why; to appreciate its impact from the moment it slides out of our anal sphincters to the moment it enters the sewage treatment plant; to explore how we’ve arrived at this strange discomfort and confusion about a natural product of our bodies; to see how this contradiction—the natural as unnatural—shapes our minds, relationships, environment, culture, economics, media, and art. Paul Provenza, the director of The Aristocrats, says in his foreword: “It’s shocking to think that a book about poop can be considered an act of courage. But it is. Most of us have knee-jerk responses to the topic that we are not even aware of. Attitudes that, like the awful stench of poop itself, permeate all of society and culture. This book has some very profound and beautiful things to say. It takes a dirty, smelly, unpleasant subject like shit and brings forth ideas that are empowering, dignifying and life affirming.”
Fecal Matters is your definitive guide to the new global phenomenon of public poos. From the “Mystery Pooper” terrorizing Manhattan, to Japan’s “Mr. Poop,” to England’s “Party Pooper” (who you do not want to invite to your swim-rave), these crappy criminals can’t stop making headlines worldwide. Explore the stories behind their smelly sprees, and find out facts about feces you never figured. With special sections on poop in pop culture, you’ll be bewildered, befuddled, and bemused by all the crap the world puts up with.
The third edition of this classic textbook has been fully revised and updated by thirty-nine contributing authors. Essential information about the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents is presented in a highly readable self-instructional format for medical students. The text may also be used in training programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The thirty chapters present dynamic scenarios illustrating a variety of medical situations involving children and then take the reader through decision-making processes for diagnosis and treatment. Features: Full coverage from birth through adolescence Charts, tables, and illustrations detailing diagnostic tools, emergency procedures, differential diagnoses, and clinical findings and their proper interpretation Concise self-instruction based on specific topics and objectives Self-test (with answers) for each chapter
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Farsighted, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.
What Your Dog Can Teach You about Living a Happy Life
Author: Matt Weinstein
Complemented by charming photographs, a collection of canine wisdom demonstrates how human can benefit from a dog's approach to life in our relationships with others, explaining how such canine traits as sincerity, loyalty, a devotion to fun, and an open display of love can serve as examples. Reprint.
There are many smiles and now readers can examine the Barbarian smile/s at the end of each chapter. This work is a continuing look at the ups and downs of modernization in Thailand. Said progress makes Thailand one of the better choices for expat residence. The reason so far has been high-tech and low prices. This is a heady mix and attracts many foreigners even for medical care. As things change quickly, especially in Bangkok, it is good to have frequent updates as to the people, culture and events. The Smile/s books aim at analysis and humor at the same time. In the beginning with Siam Smile/s the focus was mainly on Thais and their bags of tricks. The effort was to give foreigners a clue as to what to expect through comical situations. However, after assiduously studying local people, it finally comes about that the Barbarians, those wonderful Western visitors, are worthy of a good look as well. The result has been a succinct glimpse of how simple European-US people have a difficult time with the basics of complex Thai culture. At the same time, Thais wedged into their modality bio-stasis have no idea about the Barbarians visitors or of their cultures. At times it nearly causes vertigo to spot Thais doing Mental Erase to things they don’t like and foreigners going toe-to-toe with them using denial. Most humorous of all is when Thais and Barbarians simultaneously dodge reality. Reality is the serious Adult world not the denial, pretending and dodging that many Thais and aliens engage in every day. All of this points to a planetary meltdown and human IQ in the West down many points. In the end, Bird Poop Farang Smile/s is a kind of manual for those who appreciate cultural tools and are ready to have a good laugh.
From its inception in 2012 at the beginning of the end of the world, to its final issue in late 2014, New York's GLADYS was the only print newspaper that mattered. Its resident curmudgeon was a snide wit who went by the moniker Effin Lame. Little Ape Press has collected the best of Effin's columns from GLADYS, as well as a selection of previously unpublished pieces. The essays here range from superficial pop culture to deep philosophical, social, and spiritual commentary, often traveling seamlessly from one to the other. The author's perspective is rooted in the pessimistic and absurdist traditions of philosophy, as refracted through a late 20th century American male consciousness. GLADYS publisher Rheinhardt Zenf says: "Effin Lame is a born writer as much as he is a student of observation. His style is incisive and the arguments well-ordered, but at the heart of his writing is common sense.... Effin calls it as he sees it which, given his already lauded gifts of clairvoyance, is usually spot on." Topics include: - how the Sixties counterculture became the hegemonic mainstream. - why people should really stop picking on poor, defenseless bullies. - why HD television sets are inferior to standard 1970s models. - why it was really Sylvester Stallone and not Ronald Reagan who won the Cold War. Prepare to be un-enlightened.