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The World's Worst:
By Mark Frauenfelde
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' clutter included.
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.