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“As someone who is averse to flying, elevators, and a catalog of other things I’d rather not admit to, I found this book strangely cathartic. A great read, full of interesting anecdotes and funny commentary.” (Ali Almossawi, author of Bad Choices and An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments)

“Arch, brainy...[with] vivid, engaging, and utterly fascinating scientific explanations. This merrily macabre compendium playfully offers lessons in basic human physiology, nuclear fusion, quantum physics, and fluid dynamics, among other things, and at every turn, the authors explain the concepts cogently and with gleeful enthusiasm.... With bite-size morsels of astonishing science and the perfect combination of smart-alecky writing and black humor, this page-turner will surely debunk any misapprehension that science is dull.” (Booklist

“Entertaining - if harrowing.” (The New York Times Book Review

あらすじ・解説

A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine.

What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China? Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco's famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way.

Is slipping on a banana peel really as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply? Answer: yes. Banana peels ooze a gel that turns out to be extremely slippery. Your foot and body weight provide the pressure. The gel provides the humor (and resulting head trauma).

Can you die by shaking someone's hand? Answer: yes. That's because, due to atomic repulsion, you've never actually touched another person's hand. If you could, the results would be as disastrous as a medium-sized hydrogen bomb.

If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting? Answer: Most stomachs can hold up to 60 cookies, or around four liters. If you eat or drink more than that, you're approaching the point at which the cookies would break through the lesser curvature of your stomach, and then you'd better call an ambulance to Sesame Street.

©2017 Cody Cassidy (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kerith Strano Taylor
  • 2017/05/15

perfect for a precocious 9 year old boy

Road trip entertainment. It was captivating and fascinating. Who knew your eyeballs would boil on the moon?

It was a bit eerie that I felt haunted by American Gods while listening to this book. Couldn't put my finger on it. Then I checked: Dennis Boutsikaris: same narrator.

I think I would enjoy listening to him read a phone book.

Overall, an excellent listening experience.

9 year-old boy and 40-something Mom approved! 12 year-old daughter Meh.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • elisselopez
  • 2019/02/07

Great book full of fascinating facts & laughs!

I absolutely LOVED this book! I chose it because I needed something new to listen to during my commute. It seemed fairly interesting but I honestly wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! This book is chock full of fascinating facts and information. My mind was blown at least once during each chapter. Each chapter postulates a wildly odd/unlikely scenario and then proceeds to break down what we could expect to happen using scientific facts and data. While it's a very scientific book overall, it's sprinkled with loads of sarcasm which is right up my alley. I certainly didn't expect so many LOL moments. I highly recommend this book if you're looking to learn random, fascinating facts and get a good laugh while you do it. It was a PHENOMENAL ride and I'm so sad it's over.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Roxy Hales
  • 2017/04/21

So Great!

After reading "What If?" I saw this in my list of suggestions on Audible. I am so glad I read it. I wish the book was longer because it is so entertaining and informative, and I want more. Great writing style, wonderful reading, just perfect. ✨👍🏻

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • CreativeOddball
  • 2017/05/06

Very Interesting .

For the curious & inquisitive, a scientific breakdown of some very interesting "what ifs".
there were questions answered,that i had never thought of before and some i had.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • TDDP
  • 2018/03/27

I loved it. Absolutely loved it

There are so many things we can do that would result in death, but what, in detail would actually kill you? This is an awesome look into things we don't normally think about. I think it's well done and I was sorry to hear it end.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • James S. Smith
  • 2019/10/24

Reader is good but...

If you want a better version of this kind of book get “what if” by Randall Monroe.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Parkerfu
  • 2019/05/24

Fun...

Interesting and fun, but the authors spent a lot of time talking about what happens to you in different outer space scenarios. I would have liked some more real-life actual scenarios, but, overall, it was fun, light listening.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018/12/06

it's very interesting and educational!

I enjoyed the scientific explanations and the trivia that come with the book. only took me three days to finish the book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Trudy Owens
  • 2018/05/28

lots of chuckles along with the facts

Dennis Boutsikaris does an amazing job of narrating this conversationless series of little essays. He breezes through the scientific explanations allowing you to think you understood them, and delivers the dry, wry humor, so often lacking in brainy treatises, with just the right inflection. You might have wondered about some of these scenarios, but others are so wacky and out there that you will wonder what is wrong with these authors, or if they have 7-yo Calvin-type kids doing the wondering. The essays are full of real science, Guinness records, real Darwin-Award events, and subtle mad-scientist jokes. They are best enjoyed in small sips so you can savor the full bouquet.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea
  • 2017/11/25

I could not stop listening

The narrator was the perfect choice. I just was sorry that it ended so soon. The explanations of what exactly happens in each case make us understand the physics at play. Relating the various environments to the human body and its needs made them more understandable for me.