Hello Readers!! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and a wonderful Easter! I ate way too much food and drank way too much wine, which means that my holiday was a total success, obviously.
But today is not about that. Today is about "The Disappearing Spoon" - Oooooooo...
I spent the month of March reading this book for today's book review, and let me tell you guys how freaking awesome it was! Once again, your suggestions have resulted in me reading something I never would have picked up on my own. This is why I love this project!
Let me be the first to tell you that I am not a science person. I never have been. The most scientific aspect of my life is baking, which is kind of like chemistry, but not. In fact, while I'm baking, I talk to myself like Professor Snape so that I feel like I'm in potions class. If you haven't tried that, you totally should. You have no idea what you're missing out on.
Anyway, back to this book. It blew my freaking mind-hole. So many crazy things in history have happened all because of the elements on the periodic table. I learned so many strange and bizarre things from this book. For example, did you know that laxatives used to be made of antimony, which doesn't dissolve in the human stomach, so people would sift through fecal matter in order to reuse them. "Some lucky families even passed down laxatives from father to son." (p. 22) No? You weren't aware of that disgusting little factoid? Well, you're welcome, readers. That is what I call education.
The crazy thing that kept occurring to me while I read this book was that so many things in history were chalked up to witchcraft or something supernatural - like Nebuchadnezzar (the guy who built all those hanging gardens) went crazy because of the paint he was using on his walls and Egyptian women were using antimony-based make-up to give themselves witch-like powers. It makes me wonder how many things we haven't figured out yet. Like, what if all that stuff we think is the result of paranormal activity is just because there's some element that screws with our vision? Or how many brain diseases have to do with the chemical that is used in modern window treatments? Who knows? You can't deny that the idea of that is both awesome and terrifying. I'd even go so far as to say that it's extremely humbling. I mean, we legitimately have no idea what is happening most of the time.
Huh... I think I'm really starting to understand that saying that goes "The more I learn, the less I know."
This is why I never got into science. It messes with my head.
Anyway, loved this book. You all should go read it. He also has another book out about DNA... Now, that sounds even crazier.
Okay... and on to the next book!! Watch the video to see what I'm reading this month - and don't forget to make your suggestions for May!
If you don't want to watch the video because you're lame, just click here to see what I drew out of the bowl!!