10 things you didn’t know about orgasms

This is totally necessary when reading Mary Roach‘s Bonk. It is totally worth it just to give life to the sexual stimulation of a sow.

… and yes! She does write like she talks. I love that!

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Curious Books (4)

Packing for Mars.

The Curious Science of Life in the Void.4/5

Finally! Exactly what I was looking for by reading all these Curious Books: one as interesting and hilarious as Stiff.

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This book is GREAT. It had me laughing out loud often enough to get me quite a few side-looks. I might have even seemed a bit crazy every now and then. In hindsight, the hospital waiting room might not have been the best place to be reading such a funny book.

It still doesn’t outdo Stiff (that one is still my favorite), but I’ll be talking about poop in space, cube food and the perfect all-women space crew for days.

As always, one of the things that I enjoy the most about Mary Roach‘s books is all the fun and interesting things that I get to learn from them. And not only because she explains them in a hilarious way, but because it all rouses my curiosity.

I couldn’t possibly be satisfied by the summary explanations we got from the Columbia disaster, so I had to look it up. And that took me to the Challenger explosion. And now you can imagine me asking everyone I know if they remember watching or learning the news about either one.

Of course, this books also brought to mind another of my all-time favorites, the Martian. It made me think of all the things that will be necessary if we ever want to realize this collective pipe dream we have of stepping on Mars, of colonizing it.

How many people have already died or suffered injury in our efforts to leave this planet, how many more will die and suffer in our pursuit of the Mars dream? Like the books points out at the end, is it really worth it?

If you’re into space travel stories, this just may make everything more hilariously absurd. Just in case you hadn’t thought about the nitty-gritty details!

Focus on the end, not the means.

4/5

Stiff. The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Exactly what I expected it to be, but by no mans less enjoyable.
I imagine a book of this subject, written with no good humor whatsoever, would be absolutely painful to read… But I found the quick and seamless jokes, one of the best parts.
It is just so cleverly written. So funny, and interesting, but still never feels as if the author were taking the subject lightly (in a disrespectful way, that might offend some) while making it lighter (in a subject that be comfortably talked about, at least among some).

[…] a need to make human what otherwise a verges on the godlike: taking live organs from bodies and making them live in another body”

Besides all the interesting facts about the human body no the things we have been known to do with our dead, there were also lots of slightly disturbing facts to be shared. Don’t et me wrong, I’m not squeamish, most of the times… But even I make a face when we start talking bout eating candied human flesh or eating/drinking human feces.

“People were swallowing decayed human cadaver for the treatment of bruises”

All in all, it was a great book (as you can clearly see with my smiley face). Fun, interesting, slightly disturbing and quite enlightening. It made me think as much as it made me laugh… What else can you ask for?
He best part? We got all kinds of things… From organ donations, to whole body donations; body theft, to the disturbing history of surgery; all the way to cremation and human composting…
Seriously, I would be honestly be surprised if there’s anything left to say about human cadavers.

“I’m all for choices, in death as in life”