Book Review – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2009

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Seeing Is Believingripleys seeing is believing
Edited by: Rebecca Miles (Managing Editor), Judy Barratt and Sally McFall
Published by: Ripley Publishing a Jim Pattison Company
Date: August 4th, 2009
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1893951457

The latest Ripley’s Believe It or Not! hardcover volume is the 6th in the series and it certainly seems to go the extra mile. The cover is vibrant with a very eye-catching (pun intended) hologram on the front cover. With hundreds of full-colour pictures and photographs, most of which are highlighting some of the bizarre content inside, you are not going to get bored with this book. The majority of the tidbits or factoids are inside are in point form with some of the more outrageous ones highlighted or spotlighted on partial or full-page spreads with really big photographs. Each page is printed in full colour (unless they are black and white photographs). With 31 museums all over the world, you’ll definitely want to plan a visit for your family; you will all have fun trying to figure out if the outlandish displays, claims and interactive features are real or not. Or, you could just save some of your money and buy this book instead!

This book’s content is sorted into the following categories:

Strange But True
Extreme Earth
Incredible Feats
Unusual Customs
Crazy Creatures
Travel Tales
Fantastic Food
Body Oddity
Strange Sites
Artistic Licence
Amazing Science
Beyond Belief

Here’s a tiny sample of what’s in store for you:

Big BurgerPlaying Scrabble While Skidiving, Guy Blows Up Baloons With His Eyes, A 9 year old’s $10,000 5-day Shopping Spree, Edible Organs, Exploding Toilets, 9,000 lb. Ball Made From Rubber Bands, Elephant Man, Lava Surfer, 100 Person-Strong CheeseHuman Kite, Toilet Paper Wedding Gown, Two-Faced Kitten, 2,000 lb. Cheese Sculpture, 15 lb. Burger, Barnum and Bailey “Freakshow” Showcase, Magnetic Man, Pulls A Van With His Eyelids and much, much more!!!

Scrabble Skydiving

You, your family and friends are going to have hours upon hours of hackenwerth-balloonsenjoyment from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Seeing Is Believing. You’ll be grossed-out, amazed, disgusted, surprised and just plain shocked by some of the foolish, idiotic, imaginative and hard-to-believe stuff inside; most of all, you’ll be getting your money’s worth!
I’m not sure if I personally believe all of the claims and pictures, but I’ve enjoyed this book, regardless!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Wellons Communications for sending me a copy to review.

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Book Review – The Angry Smile

The Angry Smile,the angry smile
The Psychology of Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces
Written By: Jody E. Long, Nicholas J. Long and Signe Whitson
Published By: PRO-ED Inc., 2008, Second Edition, 166 pages, perfect paperback
ISBN 978-1416404231

The Angry Smile is an excellent reference tool that is insightful, accurate and very informative; it examines passive-aggression like never before.”

Product Description – From PRO-ED Inc.
“Learn the Powerful Skills of Benign Confrontation!
Step 1: Recognize the patterns of passive-aggressive behavior
Step 2: Refuse to engage in the Passive-Aggressive Conflict Cycle
Step 3: Affirm the anger
Step 4: Mange the denial
Step 5: Revisit the thought
Step 6: Identify areas of competence
What is passive-aggressive behavior? The authors of this three-part book have studied the psychology of this behavior for over four decades in both clinical and educational settings. They offer real-world examples and empowering, practical strategies for working with or when confronted with individuals who exhibit any of the five levels of passive aggressiveness.”

The Angry Smile is a fantastic resource for Psychologists, Behavioural Therapists, Counsellors, teachers, spouses and parents who have to deal with passive-aggressive children, teens and adults. This edition is useful and very easy to understand; with in-depth, carefully researched and documented studies that explain the progression of passive-aggressive behavior in children and adults, and it gets right to the point. At the end of each chapter there is a brief summary that sums up the topics that were discussed. Included in the second edition are: real life case-studies and examples, charts, diagrams, an appendix and a list of references. At times I found the content a little dry and I wouldn’t suggest this book to anyone who is looking for some light reading material. While reading this book you might be surprised by how many of these behaviors you have witnessed within your own family or in the workplace; this book will educate you and suggest some coping mechanisms to use while dealing with passive aggressive people.
I recommend this book to those who work in a professional capacity and to everyone who wants to understand more about passive-aggression.

♦♦♦♦♦♦ (6 out of 10 Diamonds) – I enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Bostick Communications for sending me a copy to review.

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Book Review – The Flavor Bible

The Flavor Bibletheflavorbible
Written By: Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Photographs By: Barry Salzman
Published By: Little, Brown and Company an Imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2008, First Edition, 392 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0316118408

The Flavor Bible is a comprehensive guide to flavors and how to blend them with food; a must-have for anyone who cooks!”

This reverence guide is versatile, detailed and it has been exhaustively researched. With many basic ingredients, basic cooking ideas and simple dishes listed alphabetically, this guide is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to cook regardless of experience or lack there of.

Chapter 1: a brief chapter on “Learning to Recognize the Language of Food”

Chapter 2: a brief chapter on “Communicating VIA the Language of Food”

Chapter 3: takes up the majority of this book; it is includes “Flavor Matchmaking” charts that describe Taste, Weight, Volume, Techniques, Flavor Affinities, Suggested Dishes, Quotes from Chiefs and cooks from across Canada and the US and more…

Because of the sheer volume of flavours and flavor combinations that are included in this guide, sadly there wasn’t any extra room for recipes; instead this book is used as a handy reference guide for anyone who wants to plan an elaborate meal or simply throw leftovers together for a quick meal. The real beauty of The Flavor Bible is its universal usability for the experienced chief right down to someone who is about to cook for the very first time. There are detailed explanations that make sense and the terms and definitions are easy to understand. With countless, delectable colour photographs, this hefty book will take the guesswork out of creative cooking and inspired recipe planning, giving the cook confidence in their work, knowing that their food will taste great every time; no matter how many different ways they mix things up.

A note to those, who like myself, usually jump right in to reference books at a random page; you do NEED to read chapter 1 and 2 before you move on to chapter 3. If you skip the first two chapters, you are going to wind up confused and frustrated because you won’t know how everything fits together, trust me on this.

I very highly recommend The Flavor Bible to anyone who has the willingness to cook and the desire to experiment with flavors!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (9 out of 10 Diamonds) – Loved it!

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A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

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