Alien Hand Syndrome: And Other Too-Weird-Not-to-Be-True Stories

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Workman Publishing, 2009 - Reference - 294 pages
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Welcome to the five stages of reading Alien Hand Syndrome: Astonishment: This is amazing! Insecurity: I'm a smart person— how could I never have heard of this before? Panic: Please, don't let it end. Gratitude: Great!—and look, there are over 90 more essays where that one came from. And Zeal: You won't believe what I just read.

Collected and curated by Alan Bellows and his team at DamnInteresting.com, with over 400,000 unique visitors a month, this is the stuff nightmares are made of, and no one will be able to stop reading: Giant Carnivorous Centipedes; Mike, the Headless Chicken; The Exploding Lakes of Cameroon; The Swirling Vortex of Doom; Secret Agent Cyborg Cats; Fiery Balls of Naga; The Deepest Hole; The Terrifying Toothpick Fish; and, of course, Alien Hand Syndrome—a disorder wherein a person's hand develops a "will of its own," unbuttoning shirts, grabbing at the steering wheel, tossing away cigarettes, and in some cases actually attacking its host.

Most entries are full-blown narratives, complete with illustrations—for example, pointing out step-by-step how "The Halifax Disaster" unfolded. Other entries examine short-take anomalies—such as unusual drug side effects, including the antidepressant Clomipramine (spontaneous orgasm upon yawning), the hormone Oxytocin (increases one's generosity), the medicine for Parkinson's disease, Ropinirole (compulsive gambling), and Viagra (priapus syndrome, with a remote chance of gangrene curable only through penectomy—say no more).


 

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Review: Alien Hand Syndrome and Other Too-Weird-Not-To-Be-True Stories

User Review  - Heidi Day - Goodreads

The title of the book doesn't quite do it justice. It's filled with lots of random facts and historical events. Very interesting and fun to read! Read full review

Review: Alien Hand Syndrome and Other Too-Weird-Not-To-Be-True Stories

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

This was the first Early Reviewers "win" that I can whole-heartedly say I loved receiving. I'm a huge fan of Workman Publishing -- every book I've ever bought from that publishing house has been ... Read full review

Contents

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B
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C
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D
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E
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F
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G
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H
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N
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O
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P
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R
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S
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T
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U
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V
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I
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K
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L
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M
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W
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Z
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Contributors
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About the author (2009)

Alan Bellows is the writer, designer, managing editor, and mastermind behind DamnInteresting.com. A software designer, he developed his fascination for the odd and unexpected during his years working in the library industry. He lives with his wife outside of Salt Lake City.

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