Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Allison

Allison

What is weirder than marshmallows? Well according to writer Dan Fogg, there are lots of things weirder than marshmallows. Fogg writes about the little weird things in life in his book Weirder Than Marshmallows. This is a book of short stories designed to make you laugh. And laugh you will…..

You never know how well things come across in a blog without tone and facial expressions. So I wonder how many people have figured out that I am extremely scarstic. Now some people think that scarscam is mean and harmful and to those people I say don’t read Weirder Than Marshmallows.

This book is hilarious! There is no other word that I can use to describe it. My favorite section is Do Not Stop on Tracks. I always read warnings and wonder who on Earth needed that warning? Warning-coffee may be hot. Really? Get out of here! No really get out of here if you’re too stupid to know that coffee isn’t hot. So needless to say, this chapter really spoke to me and my sense of humor.

En Mass is my second favorite sections. I won’t spoil it for you, but you HAVE to read the story about the Green Bay
Packers! I was laughing my little bottom off over that one. It was probablly a little more funny to me since I have the Packer game on in the background while I’m typing.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Cathi

Cathi

Being a mother of 3 (4 if you include the husband) comes with many ups and downs. Finding time for yourself is often a hard task. I am adamant about taking a few minutes every couple of nights to read. Reading is great for the soul and provides for an escape from this hectic game we call life.

This past couple of weeks I have been reading “Weirder Than Marshmallows”. No spoilers here, but the name itself is intriguing and once you get through the first couple of chapters, our author Dan Fogg, gives us his off the wall definition of this descriptive title.

“Weirder Than Marshmallows” is a compilation of essays that remind us that sometimes we as a society lack common sense. Dan does a great job of incorporating humor into his writings choosing such titles as “Do Not Stop on Tracks” (duh, who stops on the railroad tracks?) and “En Masse” (show casing stories of mass ignorance).
Comparative to the “Here’s Your Sign” jokes by Bill Engvall or “The Rants” collection by Dennis Miller, “Weirder Than Marshmallows” pushes the envelope on some issues that society seems to tap-dance around. From Columbine to the Bush/Gore election screw up, Fogg taps into the reality that some of us would rather not broach. We even read a few stories about discrimination towards people who suffer from certain handicaps. Beware: Fogg never said some of us won’t be offended.

Besides being a bit offensive to some, there are a couple of spots where the reading is a bit slow. We find out by reading this book though that all of the stories in this compilation are Non-Fiction and that sometimes reality hits close to home.

I enjoyed spending time racking Dan Fogg’s brain and hope that you will too. Be prepared to laugh, be prepared to be speechless, but please DON’T BE AFRAID TO FIND YOUR COMMON SENSE!!!!

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Sarah

Sarah

Weirder Than Marshmallows is a collection of short essays based on the musings, and humorous observations of the author. He begins the book by stating, “Ignorance, lack of common sense, and downright inhuman stupidity run rampant in this country and around the world. I watch people, and I hear stories, and they beg, beg, beg to be mocked and ridiculed.” I couldn’t agree more. I laughed out loud when I read the section of the book entitled, “En Masse.” It talks about how one person after another can repeat the same mistake, such as a spelling error.
When I think of this book, I think of one word – irreverent. Dan Fogg uses his unique sense of humor to poke fun at the things that some ignore, and others are appauled by. He sees things as they are, in a tell-it-like-it-is approach, and he doesn’t hold back! He points out the hilariousness of many situations, in which others might take offense. Dan Fogg lived his life to the fullest by seeing the humor in life’s every day situations.

Aside from the humor in this book, the author has an important message about people with disabilities. He shares his experiences as a disabled person. He did not want to be set apart from the crowd because of his disability. When we treat people differently, whether in a positive or negative way, we are pointing out their differences. It is important that we treat each other as equals in every situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. I read the book in about an hour. When I read it, I was an idiot and didn’t read the introduction that said this author had passed away. At the end, I was sobbing like crazy because I knew there probably were not going to be any more books published by this young author. I am glad that I was lucky enough to have read his work because it reminded me that just because a person may be physically disabled, they may not be mentally. Theya re just like everyone else.

This book would be a great present for anyone, including yourself! Add it to your wishlist, or purchase it now.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Milena

Milena

First of all I wanted to say that I was dying to read this book. It sounded right up my alley. Although it turned out to not be as in depth as I had thought, it was a fun read. It’s like talking to a good friend on the phone and pondering the crazy things that happen to all of us in life everyday. It’s a quick and easy read guaranteed to give you a good laugh. There is not one story here that almost anyone couldn’t relate to on some level. My favorites are: Do Not Stop On the Tracks and Writers Write. I can connect with the author as some of these thoughts have passed through my head! Check out some samples of Dan Fogg’s writing at https://weirderthanmarshmallows.com/.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Katie

Katie

I may not find marshmallows weird, but then again, maybe I just never really thought about them all that much. I usually just eat them. Dan Fogg, on the other hand, has thought about them and finds them to be weird. He explains why in “Weirder Than Marshmallows” which is a collection of his essays.

The book, however, is not about Marshmallows. It is about things that Dan finds even weirder than marshmallows.

He divides the stories in to 5 categories:
DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS – showcasing warnings that should never have to be warned. (You know you have seen these signs and pointed them out to your friends and had a good laugh about them!)
EN MASSE – contains stories of mass ignorance.
TECHNOLOGY SUCKS explores the hazards of the technological age. (Dan comments that you need a degree in order to use some technology. I was about to protest this and then I realized I have an engineering degree so I guess that’s why technology works for me – most of the time, anyway)
THAT’S JUST FREAKY features Twilight Zone like tales of paranormality. (Those things that just can’t be explained any other way!)
WEIRD STUFF is stuff that is well, weird.

This book is a quick read and pretty amusing. I’d definitely give it 4.5 – 5 stars. After the 5 sections mentioned above, there are some musings about life and things in general that are tacked on to the end of the book. Almost every essay I was able to relate to in some way – most of them because they were rants that I have made to friends and family and coworkers in the past. (Especially loose vs lose!)

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Tiffany

Tiffany

When you actually stop to think about it marshmallows are pretty weird aren’t they?! What is even weirder is why do people do such dumb things? Dan Fogg has complied some humors observations and now you can read and laugh. Dan writes tales of stupidity and ignorance and what makes this book so funny is that everything he writes people have actually done. I throughly enjoyed reading Dan’s essays, very entertaining to say the least.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Erica

Erica

I read this book as an eBook. But lets just say, if I had this book in hard copy, I’d own two of them. One book to put on my coffee table and the other to place in the bathroom. This book is a series of short, true, stories of life and the “stupid people” out there.

I started reading this book while waiting for Lee to get done with her dance class. I wasn’t prepared for how funny it was going to be. I caught myself laughing not just out loud but very loudly!! I even caught myself saying, oh my goodness, that’s so true. I even learned things from this book. Things like how the Greenbay Packers could have changed their name to Pickers. Oh my!!! Or that there was a pink Mc D’s on the highway I use to drive. Oh and that people sue for the stupidest things and actually win!!

Have you ever wondered why there has to be a sign that says “do not stop on tracks”? You need to read this book to find out. There is a lot of stupidity out there.

This book also made me cry though. In a good way. Kindness isn’t found much now a days and to read one of Dan’s stories on his experience with kindness will touch your heart but with a touch of laughter.
This is a quick easy read that I think you all will enjoy(unless you have been one of those stupid people, then you just might not understand it.) I’m glad to have read this book. the world needs more laughter and if we can’t laugh at ourselves then we really can’t laugh.

I am thankful that Dan Fogg’s family released some of his writings and I hope they will continue. He had amazing talent. Thank you.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Melissa

Melissa

Weirder Than Marshmallows by Dan Fogg is a collection of essays that reminds me of the comedy routine by Bill Engvall. Remember the here’s your sign routine- where people ask some of the most ridiculous questions that the answers are so obvious that even a passerby could answer the question without even knowing the question. That kind of ignorance is not bliss.

Weirder Than Marshmallows tell stories of people’s ignorance and stupidity not to make fun of people but to basically entertain the reader. To be honest how many of us have not had a moment like that in our life. After all laughter is the best medicine.

These essays are broken up into five categories. The first category “Do Not Stop On Tracks” tells about warning that should not have to be spoken. Like if take a meal out of the microwave after being heated up- of course it is going to be hot. No warnings needed,. Another section is entitled Technology Sucks. I so know how that feels being without the internet for almost a week. We are too dependent on technology these days.

All in all this a great little work if you are looking for a quick laugh or just as a pick me up on one of those days were nothing seems to go right.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Stephanie

Stephanie

Written by: Dan Fog
Compiled and edited by: Deborah Carney,
Publisher: Night Fire Publications
About the book:
“Ignorance, lack of common sense, and downright inhuman stupidity run rampant in this country and around the world. I watch people, and I hear stories, and they beg, beg, beg to be mocked and ridiculed. So I created a forum for people to do that.” Weirder Than Marshmallows showcases tales of stupidity and ignorance in the hopes of making people laugh.”People can submit the bare details,” said Fogg. “I’ll turn it into a story, sticking to the facts they give me and adding my own commentary.”

This book is a hilarious look at stupidity. When I say hilarious I mean people were looking at me because I was laughing so hard. There were some serious parts that seemed almost to take away from what I thought was a “humor themed” book, but I was quickly drawn back in. Overall this was a really good book. I read it in about an hour and plan to go back and reread it again.

Weirder Than Marshmallows is a compilation of a mans experiences dealing with…well stupidity. At times I sat laughing, shaking my head saying this can’t be for real, but it is. You actually learn a lot about the author through his notes. He is honest and funny in this book and you can read the type of person he was through his words. He totally seemed like someone I would have gotten along with well. I was never one to read book dedications so I was a bit caught off guard at he end and actually felt a strong tug of my heart. I strongly suggest if you are the emotional type like me read the dedications!

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. I was in a bad mood when I started to read Weirder Than Marshmallows and afterwards I had permagrin. Take the time to read this book and you’ll never look at lighter fluid the same.

I received this book for free.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Hilarious accounts of pure ignorance

Hilarious accounts of pure ignorance

I found this book rather funny and well written. It’s great to hear all the stories of pure ignorance that are portrayed in this book.

My only problem with the book is that it is so short. I read it from start to finish in under 30 minutes. I wanted more laughs and wished that it was so much longer.

I highly recommend this book despite its length for those looking for a good laugh!!

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