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My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests

My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests

by A. J. Jacobs

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Overview

A collection of A.J. Jacobs’s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including “My Outsourced Life,” “The Truth About Nakedness,” and a never-before-published essay.

One man. Ten extraordinary quests.

Bestselling author and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.

Filled with humor and wisdom, My Life as an Experiment will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time—from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439104996
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 827,857
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

A.J. Jacobs is the author of Thanks a Thousand, It’s All Relative, Drop Dead Healthy, and the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment. He is a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. Visit him at AJJacobs.com and follow him on Twitter @ajjacobs.

Hometown:

New York, NY

Date of Birth:

March 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Education:

Brown University

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My Life as an Experiment

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Unitasker 1

Chapter 2 My Outsourced Life 33

Chapter 3 I Think You're Fat 53

Chapter 4 240 Minutes of Fame 73

Chapter 5 The Rationality Project 89

Chapter 6 The Truth About Nakedness 117

Chapter 7 What Would George Washington Do? 129

Chapter 8 My Life as a Beautiful Woman 159

Chapter 9 Whipped 179

Chapter 10 Do I Love My Wife? 209

Author's Note 221

Appendix A 223

Appendix B 231

Notes 237

Bibliography 245

Acknowledgments 249

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