Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BC2012: You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News

If you have never browsed Cracked.com and read their amusing yet factual lists, you are missing out on one of the most entertaining sites online. Go ahead and check it out -- if you get hooked like I usually do, I'll see you back here in a couple of days. You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News collects 40 of those lists into convenient book form. You'll be shocked to learn that I bought this from a closing Borders (Mount Prospect) last year.

The worst thing about this book is the title. Not only was the whole zombie thing way overdone by the time this book came out in January 2011, but also it refers to one of the least interesting lists in the book. Plus the sensational title undermines the factual content, which is enough of a challenge for the book and site to overcome with those of us who grew up knowing Cracked magazine as the second-rate competitor of Mad. I spent a fair amount of allowance and lawn mowing money on Cracked in the 1970s at the local drugstore (which wasn't a Walgreen's or a CVS!).

The most disappointing thing about this book is that it doesn't include the photos and captions that appear online, probably due to publishing permissions issues. There are some funny drawings that make up somewhat for their absence. Some of the lists are better than others, but all in all, You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News is an entertaining and even moderately educational book. In the "fascinating facts" genre, it is one of the funnier entries.

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