The Field Guide to the North American Bird

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Let your finger do the talking!There is one gesture that transcends language, race, gender, and age: the bird. Throughout time, man has brandished his middle finger to express anger or insolence, to scorn or to provoke. FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN BIRD documents great moments of creativity, ingenuity, and utter stupidity in the history of the one-finger salute. With step-by-step illustrations for more than 50 ways to give someone the finger, this handy little guide will have you flipping off with skill and ...
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Overview

Let your finger do the talking!There is one gesture that transcends language, race, gender, and age: the bird. Throughout time, man has brandished his middle finger to express anger or insolence, to scorn or to provoke. FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN BIRD documents great moments of creativity, ingenuity, and utter stupidity in the history of the one-finger salute. With step-by-step illustrations for more than 50 ways to give someone the finger, this handy little guide will have you flipping off with skill and style. Brush up on classic birds like the Peel the Banana and the Volume (“Can you hear this? . . . Or do you want me to turn it up?”), then expand your vocabulary with more sophisticated birds like the Cell Phone, the Pulley, and the Helium Balloon. For the globetrotting bird-flipper, FIELD GUIDE also showcases Birds of the World, so you can piss off people wherever you go. You'll find the perfect bird for any job, whether tormenting your little sister, covertly rebelling against your boss, or telling that tailgater exactly what you think of him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580085748
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ADAM BLANK is the founder of Jigsaw Films, a documentary film company in Brooklyn, New York.
LAUREN BLANK is rock climbing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
MICHAEL MOORE is creative director for a product development and interactive design company in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

    A Watershed Moment in Literary History

    Once in a great while a book is authored that is so profound, so intellectually stunning, so spiritually affirming, and so sexually stimulating, that it becomes part of our shared heritage. This is that book. Most reasonable people ruminate on the ever-coarsening of society and ask how we got to this point. Blank looks at society and asks if we are coarse enough. What he says is, 'No.' But in this, as in all things, Blank is an enigma--a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a comfy fleece blanket when he watches t.v.. I give it nearly my highest rating (4 porkchops out of 5) because I feel he made up some of these dramatic gesticulations just to pad the length in some sort of shady 'bonus' arrangement. He may have narrowed the margins too. But still. This book demonstrates that there are many, many ways to physically contort yourself in aid of insulting someone. The conservative cognoscenti--you know who they are--once formed a 'prayer circle' around Ten Speed Press to prevent it from leaving the premises. In fact someone from Georgia promised in a chilling phone threat that the venerable publishing house would get 'blowed up real good-like' if it ever got published. Luckily, the First Amendment and questionable taste prevailed. Read the book THEY don't want you to read! As an added incentive you'll get a 40 second recorded phone call from Blank thanking you for your purchase, and by purchasing you'll help support his quest to finish his pretentious, ponderous follow-up tome: 'A Brief History of Time: The Revenge.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    When Words Fail

    We've all been there. Somebody upsets you by something they did or said. You're left standing there, mumbling, murmuring, stuttering, your lips unable to produce that perfect reply that will completely devastate your opponent, making him or her whither so that they're the one who's speechless. The essential comeback usually arrives too late, after the incident has long since passed, and you shuffle on with life cursing your slow-reaction time, vowing not to let it happen ever again. But of course it'll happen again.... ... that is, unless you get your hands on The Field Guide to the North American Bird. When words fail during your next clash with the Belligerent Bugger or the Snooty Salesperson, you'll never have to worry about getting the mumbles or murmurs or stutters ever again. In fact, your mouth's mutiny won't even be an issue, because with the Bird Book you'll be letting your fingers do the talking this time. And the person on the receiving end of your digital fury will never know what hit 'em. OK, I know, 'fingers' in the plural might be a little too much talking than is probably required. You may only need the one digit for the job--that's how powerful are the middle-finger gestures hilariously described by Adam Blank and ingeniously illustrated by Michael Moore. Straightforward and user-friendly, this book is your one-stop field guide for engaging in the subversive art of birding: It's the ultimate self-help book, a self-defense manual, and the perfect tool for imaginative self-expression, all rolled into one handsome volume with an attractive cover. Frankly, words fail to celebrate the genius of this welcome effort.

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