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Science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with lea Science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, the author reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.


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Science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with lea Science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, the author reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

30 review for Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra-X has been locked down for one full year

    'Will my pet eat my face off when I'm dead?' is a popular question for science writers (the author writes for National Geographic). The answer is probably. Dogs have been found chewing the face of their own 45 minutes after death, but that's unusual. Cats might or might not eat you. Hamsters may make a nest in your (dried out, mummified) chest, or just rip bits of skin, muscle and hair to take to line their nests. Our animals do not love u in quite the same way we do them. It is posited that the 'Will my pet eat my face off when I'm dead?' is a popular question for science writers (the author writes for National Geographic). The answer is probably. Dogs have been found chewing the face of their own 45 minutes after death, but that's unusual. Cats might or might not eat you. Hamsters may make a nest in your (dried out, mummified) chest, or just rip bits of skin, muscle and hair to take to line their nests. Our animals do not love u in quite the same way we do them. It is posited that the cat or dog is anxious to wake the owner and licks their face, licks and licks and licks until it draws mmmm delicious blood. And the temptation is too much. This has also happened to people who have passed out from alcohol and probably other reasons that don't make the media. So your last drink of the evening might just be the last one ever. That's not a nice thought at all. Right now I'm reading about why some bodies sink and some float in water. There is a 67% chance of sinking, higher if you died from drowning. I have yet to get on to the bloating/floating of corpses that blimp their way to the shore that then launch a murder investigation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rennie

    So funny and very engrossing. Love her message of being more comfortable talking about “gross” things because it’s better to appreciate how the world, and science, really works instead of pretending or wishing it works differently. Perfect example: what science can learn from roaches and apply to robotics. We can’t ever be fully rid of them so might as well apply some of their techniques. I liked learning more about misophonia (I think I might have it) and face super-recognizers. A few chapters So funny and very engrossing. Love her message of being more comfortable talking about “gross” things because it’s better to appreciate how the world, and science, really works instead of pretending or wishing it works differently. Perfect example: what science can learn from roaches and apply to robotics. We can’t ever be fully rid of them so might as well apply some of their techniques. I liked learning more about misophonia (I think I might have it) and face super-recognizers. A few chapters felt underdeveloped (the extension of psychopathy/sociopathy traits to “regular”-seeming people would’ve been really interesting to explore more, since it’s more widely applicable than it might seem, but also does it belong in this book? I’m not even sure. In any case, it’s all a fun and very well-written adventure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelsea

    I’ve been more and more interested in morbid and gross things lately 😂 probably as part of my growing fascination with horror. Still super squeamish about visual horror, though. 😬 I’d much rather read about the details than see them. Which is why Erika Engelhaupt’s Gory Details has been the perfect read for me! Erika Engelhaupt is the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog — but even if you (like me) weren’t previously familiar with the blog, it’s easy to dive right into the bo I’ve been more and more interested in morbid and gross things lately 😂 probably as part of my growing fascination with horror. Still super squeamish about visual horror, though. 😬 I’d much rather read about the details than see them. Which is why Erika Engelhaupt’s Gory Details has been the perfect read for me! Erika Engelhaupt is the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog — but even if you (like me) weren’t previously familiar with the blog, it’s easy to dive right into the book. Gory Details investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. It’s been a truly fascinating nonfiction read! It’s funny and illuminating, and I’ve never read anything quite like it. Definitely one I’d recommend! Huge thank you to National Geographic & TLC Book Tours for a free hardcover copy in exchange for an instagram feature and honest review. Please note that this book is not intended for kids. (Not unless you want to explain a LOT of things about the world to them. 👀🤣)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*

    If you are a reader who tends to avoid non-fiction for fear of it being too dry and slow, Gory Details is the perfect example of how non-fictional essays should read. Not only is it full of extremely informative and compelling information but the author presents it in a humorous and realistic way, allowing the reader to be able to relate to situations they never thought possible. I devoured this book in one sitting, I was unable to tear myself away from its pages. I was spouting off some of its If you are a reader who tends to avoid non-fiction for fear of it being too dry and slow, Gory Details is the perfect example of how non-fictional essays should read. Not only is it full of extremely informative and compelling information but the author presents it in a humorous and realistic way, allowing the reader to be able to relate to situations they never thought possible. I devoured this book in one sitting, I was unable to tear myself away from its pages. I was spouting off some of its more fun-filled and shocking facts to my husband while he sat wondering what in the world I was reading. Needless to say, I think he came away from my reading this book with plenty of information himself. I can honestly say there was no point in the book where my interest waned. Every time an essay finished, I felt totally satisfied by its content and yearned for the next one. If you are someone who loves random info and are mystified by both science and technology in our daily lives, I have to recommend you read this book. It is one that I will be keeping on my forever shelf and will most likely be calling back to for years to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved this collection of essays about the "gross" things in our world. From blood to skin mites, clowns to psychopathy, these short pieces work to engage the reader and elicit questions while providing just enough of an answer to satisfy the curiosity. The comps to this are Mary Roach and that's fair -- Engelhaupt mentions Roach being a big inspiration in the afterward, and readers who love that approach will love this book, too. There was a really great comment in those acknowledgements that I loved this collection of essays about the "gross" things in our world. From blood to skin mites, clowns to psychopathy, these short pieces work to engage the reader and elicit questions while providing just enough of an answer to satisfy the curiosity. The comps to this are Mary Roach and that's fair -- Engelhaupt mentions Roach being a big inspiration in the afterward, and readers who love that approach will love this book, too. There was a really great comment in those acknowledgements that got me thinking about how to talk about this book, which is this: if kids have all of these great "gross" science books available to them (because they do and love reading all of those things!), this is an adult equivalent.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    An easy way to know if a popular science book is good: it is written by a science journalist, especially a blogger. Hey, you gotta keep people reading your blog. Bonus if it’s a female blogger because they got the format and brevity down pat. It helps that this author is a Mary Roach fan, because you can see that influence. This book is very accessible and fun. No chapter is boring or goes on too long. She dives into a bunch of topics from earwax to bug eating to urine in pools. It’s definitely An easy way to know if a popular science book is good: it is written by a science journalist, especially a blogger. Hey, you gotta keep people reading your blog. Bonus if it’s a female blogger because they got the format and brevity down pat. It helps that this author is a Mary Roach fan, because you can see that influence. This book is very accessible and fun. No chapter is boring or goes on too long. She dives into a bunch of topics from earwax to bug eating to urine in pools. It’s definitely on the lighter side so for most of the book you don’t need much of a science background, just an interest. However it’s not so light that it’s too simplistic and most of the time she hits topics with enough depth to satisfy. It’s about gross topics, but not especially cringeworthy. If you want a fun romp, dive into this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Even though not every topic covered by the author was gruesome, it was still a fascinating look at just about anything that can make us squeamish (except maybe the very detailed explanation of the clitoris!). Parts of it are not for those with a delicate nature but I was absorbed by every presented factoid. During the explanation of why many of us find this stuff so fascinating and can't look away from accidents, Engelhaupt coined the term "benign masochism," which basically means we can't get h Even though not every topic covered by the author was gruesome, it was still a fascinating look at just about anything that can make us squeamish (except maybe the very detailed explanation of the clitoris!). Parts of it are not for those with a delicate nature but I was absorbed by every presented factoid. During the explanation of why many of us find this stuff so fascinating and can't look away from accidents, Engelhaupt coined the term "benign masochism," which basically means we can't get hurt by simply looking from a distance.I know if I experienced any of these things she described in person, I would be scarred for life. If you're a fan of Mary Roach, by all means, rush to get a copy, and it's also perfect for fans of Caitlin Doughty's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory. Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital galley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cate Triola

    Full review here. I love-love-loved this book, even though I had to skip some extra-gory bits. Each chapter has its own topic, so you can read them individually or all the way through. As someone who's into true crime, I was fascinated by the science that goes into investigations. (Did you know that flies can contaminate a crime scene?) Some of it is seriously gross, but 100% of it is fascinating. I apologize to anyone I've grossed out by sharing some of the fun facts I learned from this book. (Pr Full review here. I love-love-loved this book, even though I had to skip some extra-gory bits. Each chapter has its own topic, so you can read them individually or all the way through. As someone who's into true crime, I was fascinated by the science that goes into investigations. (Did you know that flies can contaminate a crime scene?) Some of it is seriously gross, but 100% of it is fascinating. I apologize to anyone I've grossed out by sharing some of the fun facts I learned from this book. (Pro-tip: don't google casu marzu.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    I really enjoyed this. It reads very much like Mary Roach, which is a huge plus. I did have to skip the chapter on infestations of the human body because I just cannot even with that, but I'm sure it was just as well written. Finally, the mad respect for misophonia and how dreadfully annoying it is (I'm a very sensitive misophonic who has been told for decades to "get over it", which is both rude and not helpful). If you like fun science and aren't easily disgusted, you can't go wrong with this. I really enjoyed this. It reads very much like Mary Roach, which is a huge plus. I did have to skip the chapter on infestations of the human body because I just cannot even with that, but I'm sure it was just as well written. Finally, the mad respect for misophonia and how dreadfully annoying it is (I'm a very sensitive misophonic who has been told for decades to "get over it", which is both rude and not helpful). If you like fun science and aren't easily disgusted, you can't go wrong with this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Have you ever wondered why an everyday sound drives some people crazy?  Or why we are both drawn to and repulsed by certain smells?  How about why we don't eat more bugs?  Or how many bugs are on you?  If you have ever been curious about anything that seems weird or taboo, Gory Details is for you. Erika Engelhaupt has put together a collection of essays about the morbid, the morbid, gross, mysterious and buggy curiosities in life.  These short essays discuss and explain enough to pique your inte Have you ever wondered why an everyday sound drives some people crazy?  Or why we are both drawn to and repulsed by certain smells?  How about why we don't eat more bugs?  Or how many bugs are on you?  If you have ever been curious about anything that seems weird or taboo, Gory Details is for you. Erika Engelhaupt has put together a collection of essays about the morbid, the morbid, gross, mysterious and buggy curiosities in life.  These short essays discuss and explain enough to pique your interest and make you want to explore more on your own.   Gory Details strives to make it ok to talk about the subjects people tend to shy away from.  Using humor and examining each topic through the lens of science, the function comes to light and the fear begins to fade.  I was fascinated by so many of the topics and searched out more on my own.  Frances Glessner Lee's Nutshells captured my attention and I would love to be able to look at these miniature crime scenes in real life to try and see where the clues lead me.  I have never really thought about what keeps all the bacteria in and on our bodies from decomposing us while we are alive; however, now I have a strong urge to learn more about what bacteria I harbor.  I love that the corpse flower attracts so many visitors just to get a whiff of what smells like a dead body so we can potentially be better equipped when we meet the real deal.  One of my favorite facts was that the clitoris was not fully described in a medical paper until 1998.  I also now wonder if I could be a super-recognizer and plan on taking the test.  Gory Details is an excellent book for any curious mind. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Albright

    This book made my science lover's heart so happy! It is absolutely fascinating and I've been spouting random things I've learned since I started reading it!! I love the author's writing style as the subject matter could be pretty dry, but she makes it so entertaining, on top of answering so many previously unanswered questions, that it is one of the most fun and intriguing books I've ever read. It's divided up nicely so that you can start with whatever catches your eye or from the beginning. The This book made my science lover's heart so happy! It is absolutely fascinating and I've been spouting random things I've learned since I started reading it!! I love the author's writing style as the subject matter could be pretty dry, but she makes it so entertaining, on top of answering so many previously unanswered questions, that it is one of the most fun and intriguing books I've ever read. It's divided up nicely so that you can start with whatever catches your eye or from the beginning. The chapters are long enough to contain the science-explained answers, but short enough that you can read one while brewing a cup of tea. This book is a delight and I highly recommend it for anyone with a remote interest in science or an openly curious mind. You won't be disappointed! I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    Jaki zakład może skończyć się śmiercią, czy wrony to nekrofile, jakie pasożyty zalęgają się w oku, które gatunki ssaków, to najwięksi mordercy. To i WIELE innych. Rewelacyjna (chociaż momentami naprawdę ohydna, ale tytuł zobowiązuje). Polecam :) ~~~ #PokażCoCzytasz

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fyrrea

    Ocena: Czwóra z plusem. Wrażenia: Sama lubuję się w ciekawostkach, które dla większości są obrzydliwe, więc poznałam swoją duchową siostrę <3 Fajnie pisze, bardzo w stylu Mary Roach. Dla kogo: Dla innych duchowych sióstr.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kam Yung Soh

    A fascinating book that covers exactly what its title says: the Gory Details about the natural world. From things that can gross out and disgust us, to taboos and how they can affect the way we treat ourselves (like talking about the private parts of females), this book is full of fastinatings facts about possibly disgusting things that, in the end, is not as disgusting as it seems. A compilation of the author's Gory Details column that appears in both the Science News and National Geographic we A fascinating book that covers exactly what its title says: the Gory Details about the natural world. From things that can gross out and disgust us, to taboos and how they can affect the way we treat ourselves (like talking about the private parts of females), this book is full of fastinatings facts about possibly disgusting things that, in the end, is not as disgusting as it seems. A compilation of the author's Gory Details column that appears in both the Science News and National Geographic websites, this book will both fascinate and disgust it readers. The first section looks at human bodies and how they are examined by forensics experts to determine when and how they died. What happens to a body when a human dies is also covered, followed by the curious matter of whether pets would eat their owners who may have unexpectedly died. The section closes with a look at how science can discover why feet in shoes are appearing at a particular shore (and it is not due to a serial killer). The next section looks at disgust: how and why we react with disgust as well as the differences between cultures on disgust. With stories of eating insects to how insects like black soldier flies eat disgusting things, to how fly poop might be mistaken from blood splatter, leading to all kinds of forensic and DNA analysis issues, this section has a lot of disgust. Probably one of the more disturbing ones is whether pets might be eating their owners who have died unexpectedly. The third section looks at taboos held by various cultures around the world and what can happen when science bumps up against such taboos like the idea of whole head transplants. Taboos against murder and cannibalism also don't apply to various animals. Another taboo area is the female body, especially the clitoris which science has revealed to be biologically interesting once they are really closely examined. Mensuration is also another area that has yielded to research once taboos about it are overcome. A final human taboo that some animals indulge in is necrophilia, including having sex with dead bodies. After taboos, our disgust with 'bugs' and pests are given a look, starting with the author's own disgusting experience with rats and, when some died in her house, an infestation of carrion flies. Human mites are also given an intimate look (really intimate) as well as house cockroaches and other insects that infest houses and, occasionally, our orifices. Worms and parasites that live in (and on) our bodies are also given a look. Finally, a look at people who get themselves stung and bitten for science are given a mention. (Those who cringe at reading this might be advised to quickly skip this section of the book if required.) The next section looks at the human anatomy. Starting with how we excrete, it moves on to ear-wax (which is not as disgusting as it sounds), fecal transplants and answers some questions about what pee (and other things) might be in swimming pools. A look at what is actually in the saliva of dogs and cats is next (and it's not as clean as you might think), before closing with busting some myths about peeing (on wounds or drinking it), bloodletting and detoxing. The last section looks the human mind. It covers strange behaviours like the feeling some people have that insects are crawling all over (or under) their skin, or the way voodoo dolls can make us feel better as we 'torture' the dolls that represent certain people in our lives. A fascinating look at 'super recognizers' is also given, followed by portrayals of psychotic people in film as compared to those in real life. The section closes with the author's personal strange behaviour; the inability to stand certain kinds of sound like lips smacking.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ginathebibliohoe

    What’s microscopic, has eight legs, and lives in your face? ⠀ (find answer (& horrifying details) in book)⠀ ⠀ Book review!⠀ ⠀ GORY DETAILS ⠀ adventures from the dark side of science ⠀ by Erika Engelhaupt ⠀ Illustrated wonderfully by: Briony Morrow-Cribbs⠀ 336 pages ⠀ Released 3/2/21⠀ Rating: you need to read it, seriously go buy it! ⠀ ⠀ I don’t know if National Geographic was a big part of your life growing up, but it was huge in mine! I remember sitting in the living room pouring over the recent magazine th What’s microscopic, has eight legs, and lives in your face? ⠀ (find answer (& horrifying details) in book)⠀ ⠀ Book review!⠀ ⠀ GORY DETAILS ⠀ adventures from the dark side of science ⠀ by Erika Engelhaupt ⠀ Illustrated wonderfully by: Briony Morrow-Cribbs⠀ 336 pages ⠀ Released 3/2/21⠀ Rating: you need to read it, seriously go buy it! ⠀ ⠀ I don’t know if National Geographic was a big part of your life growing up, but it was huge in mine! I remember sitting in the living room pouring over the recent magazine that came in the mail and being blown away from the photographs that took me on adventures across the globe, learning about things outside my bubble and bringing the world to my finger tips. ⠀ ⠀ That’s exactly what Erika does with GORY DETAILS! She takes you up close and personal and will definitely make you squirm! ⠀ ⠀ I can’t even list all the things I’ve learned! there are a TON of short chapters (& I love all the snarky footnotes!), smorgasbord of topics ranging from autopsies, history of taboo head transplants, flies like semen the most, King James I (famous today for his version of the bible) was a firm believer of cruentation 🙄 (that the body of the victim would spontaneously bleed in the presence of the murderer), why you really shouldn’t pee in the pool, why stabbing is so satisfying, pioneering the clitoris (did you know clitoridectomies (female circumcision as a cure for masturbation) are still happening today in more than 30 countries!? The last known one in the USA was on a 5 year old girl in the 1940s)!⠀ ⠀ Erika does a fantastic job giving you just the right amount of information and I caught myself not wanting to move on to the next chapter! I really enjoyed that she wasn’t just researching and writing about it, she ACTUALLY WAS SHOWING UP: In the autopsy room, eating bugs, meeting the maggot farmer and many more!⠀ ⠀ If you love science, morbid details and why we are weird about certain things, she’ll get you curious and eager to get answers to some uncomfortable questions! She’ll make you think about things you had no idea were happening the world and work out your own feelings on how you feel about certain taboo topics. ⠀ ⠀ I loved this and I’m already gifting it to a handful of people! It’s such a fun, knowledgeable book! It’s the perfect read for any adult book lover you know!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Arizpe Strobel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ⚠️CW⚠️ for graphic, gross, morbid stuff (but also incredibly fascinating and amusing stuff) The author of this book, Erika Engelhaupt also runs the Gory Details blog through National Geographic, where anything morbid, taboo, or just plain gross goes -- but in an efficient and educational way that really has the power to change your mind about stuff. To show just how dedicated Engelhaupt is to credibility and giving the facts, the last 30 pages are just full of citations and indexing. It's definit ⚠️CW⚠️ for graphic, gross, morbid stuff (but also incredibly fascinating and amusing stuff) The author of this book, Erika Engelhaupt also runs the Gory Details blog through National Geographic, where anything morbid, taboo, or just plain gross goes -- but in an efficient and educational way that really has the power to change your mind about stuff. To show just how dedicated Engelhaupt is to credibility and giving the facts, the last 30 pages are just full of citations and indexing. It's definitely not a book to read while eating or if you're sensitive to explicit talk of all things body, buggy, and even murder stuff, but for those of you (like me) with morbid curiosities it will certainly satisfy. I have only good things to say about this one; I borrowed it from the library but will soon be buying my own copy. This book gets a perfect score, not only for its educational content but because it unexpectedly moved me emotionally, and drove me to become more aware of my world rather than scared of it. I learned a lot, but here’s a quick rundown! 🦠 The bacteria in your body pretty much start their decomp party about 4 minutes after you die 🦴 Body farms 🔎 Nutshell dioramas - originally created by Frances Glessner Lee in the 40s, they're miniature homes that contain tiny versions of murder scenes meant to help forensic scientists solve cases 🐶When dogs eat their dead owners (and what part they go for first) 🐹 A hamster that ate its dead owner's face skin and used it for bedding 👣 over the course of 12 years, feet kept mysteriously washing up on shore in Canada 🦗there's an annual conference for people interested in eating insects and exploring sustainability thru an insect diet 🐜 ants taste like lime, termites are nutty ☢️ there's a livestream somewhere of a piece of a giant sewer clog in a museum and it's currently growing mold - it's calLED THE FATCAM 💩fecal transplants??? ⚠️ urine is NOT STERILE 🔪True crime stuff 🔇why we hate certain noises (misophonia) And one of the very last things — wombats’ poop is shaped like cubes?!?! and so many other wild things!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I think this is more along the lines of a 4.5 or so, but still pretty solid. One of my goals this year was to read a couple of non-fiction books and I thought this would be a fun one to start with. First off I should note that although this book is mostly made up of...essays? articles? taken from a blog (of the same name I believe) there are previously unpublished things along with updated and added information. I've also never read the original blog these stories come from (although maybe I sho I think this is more along the lines of a 4.5 or so, but still pretty solid. One of my goals this year was to read a couple of non-fiction books and I thought this would be a fun one to start with. First off I should note that although this book is mostly made up of...essays? articles? taken from a blog (of the same name I believe) there are previously unpublished things along with updated and added information. I've also never read the original blog these stories come from (although maybe I should start?). Now, it's stated in the beginning of this book that you don't need to know anything about the blog to enjoy the book and that the little sections and the stories they contain call be read in any order and without needing to read any other part; both of these things are true, and I think they are excellent because it makes it more accessible. Onto the actual essay things. They were a lot of fun, each one containing a plethora of information presented in an approachable way while still letting you know it's been properly researched. I'm not sure these are for the faint of heart, or stomach, but if you can handle some gross things I would highly recommend checking these out. I will say that the reason this wasn't a full five star rating was because of two things. First, I would have liked some of the entries to be longer. I wanted to know more about some of these strange things. And second, there were some overly repetitive elements, which would make it useful if you were reading one entry here and one there, or just one because you find that particular idea fascinating, but when reading all the stories one right after the other all the way through I found myself saying "yes, you just talked about that in the last section." But those two things aside I was kept thoroughly entertained for the entirety of the book and was left wanting more. Fans of non-fiction books will find much to love in this collection and those who are not usually non-fiction readers, such as myself, will also find much to love. All of this is predicated on a strong stomach though, because if you can't handle the gory details this book probably isn't for you. haha.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Fascinating! Science-based research on a hold host of topics along the grossness scale. Broken down into sections with an introduction then short articles/chapters on different topics that can be read individually if desired. Some definitely had me making faces but I'm glad I read every one. Full of scientific study references and conversations with scientists of all types, yet incredible readable with chapters the right length for those curious but prefer something akin to a blog post. And hey, Fascinating! Science-based research on a hold host of topics along the grossness scale. Broken down into sections with an introduction then short articles/chapters on different topics that can be read individually if desired. Some definitely had me making faces but I'm glad I read every one. Full of scientific study references and conversations with scientists of all types, yet incredible readable with chapters the right length for those curious but prefer something akin to a blog post. And hey, that right up my nonfiction alley! Engelhaupt has a rather nice afterword where she highlights the joy of scientists who are blunt and follow their curiosity even when it leads to uncomfortable spaces. Recommended to all who are curious. I have not read her National Geographic blog, so everything here was new to me. In the intro, Engelhaupt explains that some of this is new, and the bits previously covered often have additional details.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Engelhaupt describes her own book the best in the Afterword with the following quote: "This kind of scientific boldness is something the world could use more of. All too often, we’re hemmed in by our fears and our sense of propriety. Some subjects simply aren’t discussed, or aren’t taken seriously as topics of investigation. Sometimes that’s because we collectively feel they’re gross or embarrassing—like secretions. Or sex. Or dead bodies." As someone who did research using the "dark side" of scie Engelhaupt describes her own book the best in the Afterword with the following quote: "This kind of scientific boldness is something the world could use more of. All too often, we’re hemmed in by our fears and our sense of propriety. Some subjects simply aren’t discussed, or aren’t taken seriously as topics of investigation. Sometimes that’s because we collectively feel they’re gross or embarrassing—like secretions. Or sex. Or dead bodies." As someone who did research using the "dark side" of science, it was refreshing to read about the weird little things some scientists study and how they relate to everyday life. All of the information was accessible and the science was easy to understand and follow. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Strand

    Such an interesting book that could've been gross and scary, but it was incredibly informative and humorous without being crass. I really enjoyed this and I found myself bouncing around the book instead of reading start to finish. I mean, the section about bugs? Maybe don't read that around dinner time, just an idea. Also, Google nothing as you read because you will permanently mess up your search history. Ha! I learned so much throughout, I've re-read quite a few sections, and this was such a c Such an interesting book that could've been gross and scary, but it was incredibly informative and humorous without being crass. I really enjoyed this and I found myself bouncing around the book instead of reading start to finish. I mean, the section about bugs? Maybe don't read that around dinner time, just an idea. Also, Google nothing as you read because you will permanently mess up your search history. Ha! I learned so much throughout, I've re-read quite a few sections, and this was such a cool book. If you're a fan of true crime shows or podcasts, this is a book you'll totally dig. Thank you to TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Ok a więc mój problem z tą książką jest dość prosty mam wysoki próg wejścia, mało rzeczy mnie obrzydza, a przynajmniej mało tych które znalazło się w tej książce, o dużej części wiedziałam więc element zaskoczenia też odpada, jak dla mnie za mało szczegółów a za dużo nazwisk naukowców i wszystkich fascynujących instytucji w których pracują. (Za to duży plus za odnośniki do linków zewnętrznych w których można spróbować swoich sił) Myślę że dla większości ludzi ta książka będzie niezwykła, dla mnie Ok a więc mój problem z tą książką jest dość prosty mam wysoki próg wejścia, mało rzeczy mnie obrzydza, a przynajmniej mało tych które znalazło się w tej książce, o dużej części wiedziałam więc element zaskoczenia też odpada, jak dla mnie za mało szczegółów a za dużo nazwisk naukowców i wszystkich fascynujących instytucji w których pracują. (Za to duży plus za odnośniki do linków zewnętrznych w których można spróbować swoich sił) Myślę że dla większości ludzi ta książka będzie niezwykła, dla mnie chyba z 3 lub 4 tematy były nowinkami i fajnie aby zostały mocniej rozwinięte. Dział ze zwierzętami sorry ale mogli się bardziej postarać, to chyba nawet przedszkolaki wiedzą.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    If you've ever taken a forensics class you probably know everything in the first chapter! I really liked the sections about bugs, because I really don't know anything about bugs, and cockroaches are fascinating and gross. If you've ever taken a forensics class you probably know everything in the first chapter! I really liked the sections about bugs, because I really don't know anything about bugs, and cockroaches are fascinating and gross.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Vansant

    Interesting topic, I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was engaging and very understandable. Kept me interested. I recommend to anyone who is curious about the world we live in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Kowalska

    Cudownie ohydna! Napisana tak lekko i ciekawie, że zaczęłam się zastanawiać nad rzeczami, o których kiedyś nie miałam odwagi nawet pomyśleć. Dużo nieoczywistej wiedzy, która obrzydza i zarazem fascynuje, jak każde tabu.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deana Hamilton

    I enjoyed this immensely! It's a lot of things you don't want to think about but probably googled at some point. Informative and sometimes hilarious! I won't look at myself the same way again. I enjoyed this immensely! It's a lot of things you don't want to think about but probably googled at some point. Informative and sometimes hilarious! I won't look at myself the same way again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Cavness

    This book was so many things: Made me want to gag Made my skin crawl Made me laugh?! Overall, I really enjoyed it! It's weirdness factor made it all the more interesting. This book was so many things: Made me want to gag Made my skin crawl Made me laugh?! Overall, I really enjoyed it! It's weirdness factor made it all the more interesting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J

    I would recommend this book to fellow fans of Mary Roach.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sj

    lots of short chapters dealing with all kinds of gross topics but great writing

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    This book's a lot of fun to read! Great topics and studies to read about. I'm a sucker for bodily function books. It's short, so it reads quickly. This book's a lot of fun to read! Great topics and studies to read about. I'm a sucker for bodily function books. It's short, so it reads quickly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

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