Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Most Disgusting Places on the Planet


The Most Disgusting Places on the Planet
By John Perritano
Capstone Press, 2012. 48 pages. Non-fiction.

This is the mother of all disgusting books. Tour a home in Kenya made entirely out of mud and cow poop (take note that Kenyans use every part of the cow, including drinking the blood). Follow the journey your excrement takes through the pipes to a sewer plant. Learn the science behind body decomposition at an aptly-named body farm. The tamest location is Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, where tourists enjoy the tradition of sticking their already-been-chewed gum on the walls of an old alley.

Is anyone still reading this book review? The book would be great for a science or environmental book report. There are scientific terms and explanations for every location, and intensely detailed photographs. But I'm not sure who to recommend this to- older readers with exceptionally strong gag reflexes or an insatiable curiosity about poop? In any case, I have a morbid interest in discussing yucky things, so I enjoyed it!

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