The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death and Other True Tales of Drunken Debauchery

The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death and Other True Tales of Drunken Debauchery

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The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death and Other True Tales of Drunken Debauchery by Noel Boivin, Christopher Lombardo, The Shark Guys

A British comedian, drunk on a gallon of wine, takes a one-pound bet to jump, completely naked, into an aquarium filled with sharks and stingrays, causing one of them to die of stress.

An American man goes on such an astonishing bender he believes his girlfriend's claim that they got married while under the influence and only becomes suspicious when she is unable to produce a marriage certificate during the following seven years.

Russian troops get so wasted that it seems like a good idea to make a little extra cash by selling off their tank … to Chechen rebels.

The true stories in The Man Who Scared a Shark to Death, taken from news reports around the world, serve as both cautionary tales (don't agree to "help out"with a stranger's robbery, even if he seems like a really nice guy) and comforting perspective (at least you've never woken up in a trash compactor). However cringe-making your own most embarrassing drunken moment might be, at least you're not the man who caught his privates in a mousetrap—twice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143052111
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

NOEL BOIVIN comes by his credentials for this book honestly. Along with being known to enjoy the odd fermented beverage during his recreational hours, Boivin's apt surname can be found on vineyards in the Normandy region of France, and his hometown is known for its Grape and Wine Festival, which he faithfully tries to attend every year.

He has divided much of his time since journalism school between freelance writing and travel, having lived in Shanghai for a time as well as having seen much of Southeast Asia. Boivin now lives in Bangkok, Thailand, working for an English-language daily newspaper as well as a freelance writer.

After eking out a science degree from the University of Toronto, focusing his efforts much more on reading books of the non-course-related variety, CHRISTOPHER LOMBARDO turned his attention to journalism school, from which he dropped out to pursue freelancing, and write books such as this one.

An accomplished guitarist, and a less than accomplished recreational boxer, he does however own a novelty 'smiley face' punching pen. Lombardo speaks Italian very badly, German much less so and his loyalties are divided along these, his ethnic lines every World Cup tournament. He makes his home in downtown Toronto.

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I'm a sucker for books of this sort. I like compilations of funny stories that keep to a page and a half max. The Darwin Awards is the granddaddy of this genre. Those books work because the stories themselves are funny, not because the writing is that great. It's not bad, but it's just told straight, like a science dissertation, which fits the background of the Darwin author. Here I'd say that the stories are funny, but if they got a straight treatment, they wouldn't be as fun to read. Credit to the writers of this one for making the book FUN to read. This is surprisingly well-written, even with literary quotes sprinkled in. I wasn't expecting that from a novelty-style book. This might be my new favorite book of this type. I will have to sober up first to be sure :' The two authors certainly cover their ground. I can't think of one area that they left out. The chapter on drunken politicians, cops, and other authority types was my favorite. Nice to see the tables turned! Your turn to walk the straight line officer! Overall, a great fun read. The title story is hilarious. If you're someone who enjoys a long happy hour, you WILL relate to this book... for better or worse :'