Mark Frauenfelder would rather not
write about the good things in life. With this guide to
"the most hilariously horrible people, places and things
on Earth," the co-founder of bOING bOING and current
editor of the tech-hack magazine, Make, concentrates on
what's worst in the world.
There's Harold Von Braunhut, the white supremacist who invented
Sea Monkeys; the Pacific island nation of Nauru, screwed
over and strip-mined into bankruptcy; Procter & Gamble's
calorie-free food additive, Olestra, which famously slides
through digestive tracts undigested; and kopi luwak, an
Asian beverage brewed from partially digested coffee beans
excreted by civet cats. New Yorkers will be proud to find
Jocelyne Wildenstein's plastic surgery and the Collyer brothers'
If this slim volume falls short, it's the lack of photographs.
Sure, we still have Bride of Wildenstein nightmares, but
what of our Midwestern friends not blessed with tabloid
newspapers? A headshot would've helped.