REVIEW: True or Poo? by Dani Rabaiotti and Nick Caruso
From the scientist duo behind the New York Times bestselling sensation Does It Fart? comes a new illustrated compendium of animal facts and falsehoods, from the head-scratching to the repulsive!
After Does It Fart? comes Number Two…a fully illustrated compendium of animal facts and falsehoods–the more repulsive the better.
Do komodo dragons have toxic slobber? Is it true that a scorpion that sheds its tail dies of constipation? Speaking of poo, do rabbits really have a habit of, err, eating their own? And can you really get high from licking toads, or is that…fake newts?
The answers to all these questions and more can be found in True or Poo?, a manual for disgusting and one-upping your friends and enemies for years to come.
After learning what does and doesn’t fart, we’re back for round two – or number 2, should we say? This time the subject is poo. Okay, it’s science people!
Humans think our sexual identifiers are getting complicated but get a load of some of these animal gender changes and swaps. The screaming hairy armadillo – I simply must go look for a picture of this. And maybe a recording of the sound? Want to talk to an eel? Check out Miguel Wattson and send him a tweet @eelectricmiguel
“Fake gnus”! LOL Sigh, sadly if I had been taking a quiz about some of this stuff, I would have confidently answered a few — incorrectly. Rats (though I’m glad that the factoid mentioned here is reveled to be a myth.). I really did think that all black widows chowed down on their mates after l’amour. And that preying mantis males all had their heads ripped off. I’m sure mantis ladies sometimes want to rip all of them off but 1/4 of the males make their escape. But I think I get more stuff correct than ol’ Pliny the Elder.
Just say no to licking toads. There’s worse things then just getting high that this can do to you. If you’re lucky enough and rich enough to get to vacay in the Maldives, I’m not going to envy you due to what that lovely white sand is made of. Mind – and body – controlling barnacles are creepy. I’d love to see a sea cucumber shifter romance because – it could really throw a tantrum along with its guts during the Big Mis. A bombardier beetle shifter would be cool in a fight though a velvet worm with a slime cannon – nah, I’ll skip. The more I learn about platypuses, the less I want to be around them.
Some of this is gross but then the title ought to clue anyone in about that. There’s a neat appendix with various terms used in the book. Some were explained along with the pertinent information but this is still a nice, handy guide. Once again, a book of fascinating, cool, interesting facts and dispelling of incorrect myths and folklore. B