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Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca


By (author) Henry Beard, By (author) Christopher Cerf

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  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 216mm x 36mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 26 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0715646060
  • ISBN 13: 9780715646069
  • Sales rank: 456,591

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In Encyclopedia Paranoiaca, master satirists Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have assembled an authoritative, disturbingly comprehensive, and utterly debilitating inventory of things poised to harm, maim, or kill you - all of them based on actual research about the perils of everyday life. Beard and Cerf cite convincing evidence that everyday things we consider healthy - eating leafy greens, flossing, washing our hands - are actually harmful, and items we thought were innocuous - drinking straws, flip-flops, neckties, skinny jeans - pose life-threatening dangers. Did you know that nearly ten thousand people are sent to A&E each year because of escalator accidents? And if you're crossing your legs right now, you're definitely at serious risk. Hilarious, insightful and, at times, downright terrifying, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca brings to light a whole host of hidden threats and looming dooms that make asteroid impacts, planetary pandemics and global warming look like a walk in the park (which is also emphatically not recommended).

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Author information

Henry Beard attended Harvard University and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He went on to found the National Lampoon with Douglas Kenney and served as its editor during the magazine's heyday in the 1970s. Christopher Cerf is an executive producer of Between the Lions, the literacy education series his company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd., created for PBS. A charter contributing editor of the National Lampoon, Cerf co-edited the celebrated newspaper parody Not The New York Times.

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'Be afraid: Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf's Encyclopedia Paranoiaca is deadly to the humour averse' Vanity Fair 'An amusing and cruelly accurate cultural critique - Beard and Cerf gleefully fan the flames of our paranoia' The Wall Street Journal 'The writing is witty and verbose, almost Monty Python-ish, but the science is good enough that hypochondriacs should be shielded from this book at all costs' The Daily Beast