Review: And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara

One movie terrified me like no other in the 1990’s*: Alive. It was the initial flight scene that haunted me—the one where the passengers were sucked from the rear of the plane mid-air when it collided with a mountain peak. The visual of bodies violently suctioned from their seats like dust bunnies from the carpet by the force of a Dyson was disturbing enough to keep me awake that evening. The fact that I had a 7:00 a.m. flight to Boston the next morning was, well, let’s just say it was an anxious adventure. I’ve never been scared—for real—from a movie but that morning I was certain I was going to be inhaled by a giant hole and hurled into the atmosphere with every in-flight bump and jiggle.

To this day, I’ve wondered what would happen if a colossal hole did erupt during flight—and the impact on my body in the process. Enter Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty, the authors of And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara. They answer a whole host of scientific questions in their book including “What if you were in an airplane and your window popped out.”

Thank goodness, I’ve now got the facts. And the facts to other life mysteries such as:

What would happen if…

 You Lost Your Head? (Don’t laugh… I know you’ve wondered this too!)
 You Were Buried Alive?
 You Were Hit by A Meteorite?
 You Were Caught in a Human Stampede?
 You Stuck Your Hand in a Particle Accelerator?
 You Were Raised by Buzzards?
 You Just Stayed in Bed?

There’s no question that I loved this book. It’s smart, quirky, irreverent, fun and downright interesting. It made me laugh, wonder and wince. Mostly laugh. Out loud. By myself. I am grateful that the likelihood of these incidents occurring is low. And, grateful that I picked up this light, silly-serious read to learn more about the random things that are on and off my radar screen.

This is an awesome book for a teen or a tween or anyone who has the capacity to think like one. I dare any curious adventurer not to be intrigued by science after reading this book.

Kudos Misters Cassidy and Doherty!

PS. What would happen if I was swept away by the current of an ice-topped river like the little boy in Damien: Omen II?

*Except maybe The Shining. Oh, my…

2017-08-26T22:28:14+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Anatomy, Book Review, Physiology, Science|Comments Off on Review: And Then You’re Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara